Airway Optimizer

Point-Of-Care System for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

A Real-time Test for Determining Airway Patency


Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is an epidemic that affects over 29 million Americans. Of the 6 million Americans being treated, 40% don't tolerate CPAP therapy. A growing alternative is an Oral Appliance (OA) fitted by a sleep dentist. In 2017, ~180,000 people were fitted with OAs. The dentist must adjust ("titrate") each new patient's appliance in a series of 3 to 6 unreimbursed office visits. The Airway Optimizer will solve this problem by replacing these visits.

By providing a better tool to identify, in realtime, if a patient will benefit from an oral appliance will provide the dentist and patient immediate knowledge if the OA will work before the OA is purchased.

The Airway Optimizer is a non-invasive device that generates a dynamic, real-time picture of airway resistance during the patient's first visit for getting a custom oral appliance (OA). The dentist positions the jaw, has the patient breathe normally into the Airway Optimizer's input tube, then steps through 5 more jaw positions, having the patient breathe at each. This simple 20-min. procedure lets the dentist identify effective OA settings.     

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Airway Optimizer

The below images show the resistance change in direct relationship to the change in the patients mandible. 

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Real time adjustments allow for instant insight

Having the ability to see the upper airway resistance in numbers allows the dentists to identify if the patient is in a comfortable position for long-term compliance. 

 
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Adjusting the mandible substantially decreases resistance

Seeing the resistance change while adjusting the mandible provide insight in knowing if an Oral Appliance will treat a patients OSA. This removes the guessing and provides quantitate feedback.

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Four Patient Test

As shown above after testing 4 patients all with high resistant levels we were able to  optimize them to a much better level.