Sleep disordered breathing is a common condition in western countires and moreover in asia. Patients affected suffer from daytime sleepiness and a variety of disorders associated with sleep apnea. In Bavaria, 24% of traffic accidents are caused by sleepiness. The gold standard therapy for sleep apnea is nasal continous positive air pressure (nCPAP). This treatment shows excellent results in the sleep lab but low acceptance on the long run. <p> A novel silicone implant prevents the relaxed tongue from protruding backwards to the posterior pharyngeal wall. Functionality of the tongue is not impaired. Patients don´t realise the implant during daytime.
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