Snoring poses not only an inconvenience with regard to sleep-cycle disruption of the sufferer’s bed partner and family, but it can also lead to sleep-deprivation in the sufferer and to a more serious and sometimes life-threatening condition, obstructive sleep apnea, where breathing is interrupted during sleep by physical obstruction of the airway.
Both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are in most cases the result of obstructed airflow due to abnormalities in the geometry of the air passages and the propensity for aberrant deformation of the soft palate. Repeated trauma to the soft palate due to snoring can be expected to reduce its mechanical integrity and damage muscle and nerve fibers, increasing the tendency for obstruction. Thus treatment of snoring can play an important role in reducing the incidence of obstructive sleep apnea.
Rest Innovations is developing and testing a novel, injectable treatment for same-day restoration of soft palate mechanical integrity for the reduction of snoring and airway collapse. Testing to date indicates that this technique can permanently augment the soft palate’s mechanical properties, reduce vibration, and concomitantly increase resistance to mechanical degradation.