Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Sound(less) Sleep

PostedSeptember 17, 2004

Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes, blocking your airway.  It can cause serious health problems and annoy your spouse.  Restore Medical has engineered a newly approved treatment technique. CEO and engineer Sue Critzer says research using wind tunnels proved that inserting three small polyester bars into your soft palate could stiffen its structure and keep your airway open.  It's an alternative to the sometimes uncomfortable or painful traditional remedies—which include wearing a nose mask that blows air pressure into your throat all night or surgery to permanently remove tissues.  This simple and reversible procedure is done on an outpatient basis.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio.