The key benefits of FRI technology in treating sleep disorders are:
- Personalized patient screening
- Improved therapy selection
The most prevalent form of sleep-related breathing disorders is obstructive sleep apnea. This condition is characterized by the repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep and the resulting blockage of the airflow. This leads to pauses in breathing, a drop in oxygen levels (desaturation) and frequent awakening.
FRI allows to screen and characterize the patient, and to select the appropriate therapy, since the available treatments tend to work only for subsets of patients. The success of the standard continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment or the alternative treatments such as oral appliances, upper airway surgery, tongue muscle stimulation and maxillomandibular osteotomy depends on good patient selection criteria.