Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a very common sleep breathing disorder that affects more than 930 million people worldwide. It is associated with many comorbid diseases (especially cardiovascular diseases).
In most cases, sleep doctors recommend continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to treat obstructive sleep apnea. However, compliance with CPAP treatment is problematic. Many patients may feel uncomfortable sleeping with a cumbersome mask or worry about certain side effects of CPAP. As a result, many patients drop out of treatment.
That's why Nyxoah has developed Genio, an alternative treatment for all those who can't tolerate CPAP therapy, so they can continue to treat their sleep apnea and finally enjoy restful nights, as well as their bed partners.
Genio, an Effective Alternative to CPAP
Genio uses hypoglossal nerve stimulation (HGNS) to treat obstructive sleep apnea.
This therapy works via direct neurostimulation of the hypoglossal nerve during sleep, which activates the genioglossus muscle, causing the tongue to protrude forward.
The effectiveness of hypoglossal nerve stimulation in treating obstructive sleep apnea has been scientifically proven in patients with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. Thousands of people worldwide use this type of therapy.
Data * demonstrate that treatment with the Genio system was safe and effective, and resulted in significant improvement in patients’ quality of life.
Improvement in the Severity of Sleep Apnea
Positive Impact on Snoring
Easy to Use and Comfortable
Thanks to Genio, you and your bed partner may finally enjoy restful nights, without noise and without the discomfort of a mask.
Is Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulation Suitable for You?
You may be eligible for Genio if you meet the following requirements:
- You are adult
- You have been diagnosed with moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea (AHI from 15 to 65)
- You have failed, refused or cannot tolerate CPAP Therapy
- You’re not significantly overweight (BMI < 35 kg/m2, BMI calculator )
If so, please contact one of our medical advisors to further assess the relevance of Genio Therapy in your specific case. They can confirm whether you or a loved one are eligible for Genio and also provide you with more personal information.
How Does Genio Work?
The Genio system consists of a neurostimulator, an activation chip, a charging unit and adhesive patches.
The tiny neurostimulator is implanted under the chin. Its electrodes are put in contact with both branches of the hypoglossal nerve resulting in bilateral stimulation of the nerve.
The neurostimulator is driven by an external activation chip that is attached under the chin at night with an adhesive patch.
During sleep, stimulation triggers a small forward movement of the back of the tongue, preventing it from falling back and blocking the upper airway.
What Makes Genio Different?
Thanks to its unique design and the use of an extenal activation chip, the Genio system has several benefits.
The implantation of the Genio neurostimulator requires only one discreet incision under the chin. The procedure is minimally invasive. The result is aesthetic.
No Battery or Sensor Implanted Into Your Body
No additional surgery is required to replace parts of the neurostimulation system if they become worn or fail.
Genio can be easily upgraded to the latest version so that you benefit from the latest advances in stimulation and comfort.
Genio is compatible with full-body MRI scans.
How to Use Genio?
1. During the Day
You charge the activation chip using the charging unit.
2. Before Going to Bed
You connect the activation chip to a new adhesive patch and attach it under your chin.
3. When You Sleep
The stimulation starts when you fall asleep.
Your breathing frequency is used as a reference to adjust the stimulation cycle to ensure you enjoy a good sleep.
4. When You Wake Up
You detach the adhesive patch and disconnect the activation chip. Then, you plug the activation chip to the charging unit. It will be fully charged in a few hours.
The Genio Routine
Genio is easy to use and allows you to treat your sleep apnea more comfortably.
Genio User Stories
The patient testimonials included on this website are authentic and based on patients’ personal experience. Patients have not been paid for the testimonials other than for travel expenses. Only a healthcare professional can diagnose your obstructive sleep apnea and your eligibility for the Genio system. Note that the Genio system does not suit everyone, and every patient may respond differently to the Genio system. You can find more information about safety by clicking on the Safety Information link in the footer of the website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Genio is indicated to adults suffering from moderate to severe OSA (AHI from 15 to 65) who have failed, are intolerant to, or refuse CPAP therapy.
Yes. Genio received CE mark in March 2019 and is approved for use in Europe.
Right now, Genio therapy is fully reimbursed by health insurances in Germany and Switzerland. We are working hard to obtain reimbursement in other countries soon.