Sleep Apnea Therapy

Medical Intel from MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Sleep Apnea Therapy

More than 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a serious, sometimes life-threatening condition that causes interruptions in breathing during the night. Only approximately half of them can be successfully treated through the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. Left untreated, the condition can result in massive health consequences including stroke, heart disease, diabetes, depression and high blood pressure.

Fortunately, a highly anticipated, new technology is now offered at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and has the potential for revolutionary results—better than any other current devices or procedures. Our specialists implant a nerve stimulator to move the tongue each time you take a breath, shifting your palate forward and opening up the throat tissue. The device helps regulate your breath while sleeping and can be turned off during the day.

Patients have experienced an overall reduction of sleep apnea severity up to 68%. Many have seen life-changing improvements in their quality of life, daytime functioning and reduction in snoring.

MedStar is the first health system in the region to offer this procedure. At the high-volume MedStar Washington Hospital Center, a multidisciplinary team of experts in the surgical management of sleep apnea will guide you each step of the way.

You may be a candidate for this therapy if you:

  • Have tried and failed to successfully use CPAP
  • Have a BMI of less than 32

For other qualifying information and details about the procedure, please call MedStar Washington Hospital Center at

855-546-1996

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Glenn Wortmann

Stanley H. Chia, MD, FACS
Associate Chair of Otolaryngology

For other qualifying information and details about the procedure,
please call 855-546-1996.

Meet Stanley H. Chia, MD, FACS
Associate Chair of Otolaryngology

For one 33-year-old Washingtonian, sleep was treacherous—and a good night’s rest had eluded him since childhood. He had suffered with obstructive sleep apnea for decades. Sleep-deprived and literally tired of feeling that way, he sought help from Dr. Chia.    READ MORE ►

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