Truckers with Sleep Apnea
Cure Your Sleep Apnea for Good
If you drive a truck and have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may be prescribed a CPAP machine to help you breathe at night. The problem with CPAP is that it is a temporary and inconvenient solution, especially for someone who spends most of his or her time on the road. Because they are so cumbersome, some studies even report CPAP compliance rates of below 30%.
The doctors at the Sleep and Sinus Centers of Georgia specialize in a procedure that can eliminate the need for a CPAP machine and can permanently cure your sleep apnea. This innovative procedure, called the VOAT procedure, is minimally-invasive, and is performed right here in our Atlanta area offices.
Recent Legislation for Truckers
On October 15, 2013, President Obama signed Bill H.R. 3095 into law. This law is meant “To ensure that any new or revised requirement providing for the screening, testing, or treatment of individuals operating commercial motor vehicles for sleep disorders is adopted pursuant to a rulemaking proceeding, and for other purposes.”
As the government focuses more and more on the health of truck drivers, some people may be suspended or even lose their jobs because they are diagnosed with sleep apnea. They will then be stripped of their licenses, therefore losing their source of income. Many truck drivers have families who depend on their income, so the loss of this job would be detrimental to the entire family.
VOAT Procedure for Sleep Apnea = NO CPAP!
Built on the same medical principles of RFA, or Radio Frequency Ablation, the VOAT procedure works by warming the nerve tissues of the tongue, and effectively denaturing the proteins in that area. This leads to a reduction in tissue volume, pulling it away from your airway, and therefore opening your airway for better breathing.
The VOAT procedure is simple and minimally-invasive, usually lasting only about 30 seconds. Most patients can return to work and normal activity the next day, and 80% of our Atlanta patients report an improvement in their condition.