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Down Syndrome Awareness Month 2021 - Day 29

October 29, 2021 07:00 AM
Did you know? There are several treatment options for adults with Down syndrome who have obstructive sleep apnea.

Individuals with Down syndrome have a higher likelihood of having obstructive sleep apnea than individuals without Down syndrome. Treatment options may include making lifestyle changes, using a variety of devices, or having surgery. The most common method of treating sleep apnea is to use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine when sleeping.

Some people with sleep apnea have difficulty using CPAP. Using a device to stimulate the hypoglossal nerve (the nerve that controls tongue movement) may be an option for them. A procedure is done to place a device that the person turns on when they go to sleep. A webinar on this treatment will be held on Monday, November 8, at 6:00pm (Central Time). The presenter will be Dr. Michael Layland, otolaryngologist at the Ear Nose & Throat Center. An individual with Down syndrome who uses a hypoglossal nerve stimulator called Inspire will share his experience during the webinar. To learn more and register, please see this link

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