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Sleep Apnea Center Involved in New Clinical Trial

By Narine Vardanyan, MHA

The Cedars-Sinai Sleep Apnea Center is involved with a new clinical trial for obstructive sleep apnea patients who are CPAP intolerant. Using a pacemaker-like nerve stimulator, an electrode wrapped around the XII cranial nerve is stimulated to relieve the obstructing event in obstructive sleep apnea.

The hypoglossal nerve is stimulated cyclically and continuously during sleep to maintain muscle tone of the tongue and upper airway during sleep. Stimulation is generated by a programmable, multi-current source, implantable neurostimulator and delivered to the hypoglossal nerve by a lead with a multicontact cuff electrode (lead).

The five-year study began in December 2015, and so far more than 400 patients have been screened and five patients have undergone the procedure at Cedars-Sinai. The procedure is available for patients who cannot wear CPAP, as well as several exclusion and inclusion criteria.

The Sleep Apnea Center consists of a multidisciplinary team including otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, dentists, medical and surgical weight-loss specialists, sleep professionals and technologists, as well as allied healthcare professionals who treat patients who have failed with CPAP therapy. Other services of the Sleep Apnea Center include drug-induced sleep endoscopy, robotic tongue surgery and Inspire XII nerve stimulation surgery.

Physicians within the center meet regularly and participate in a quality assurance program assessing urinary and sexual health and obstructive sleep apnea.

For more information, please contact Arash Shamsian, clinical coordinator, at 310-779-8657 or email