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Part Number: 13000Brand: Signifier Medical Technologies
The eXciteOSA is a new therapy to get 'excited' about as it's the first clinically proven daytime therapy to target the root cause of snoring and even obstructive sleep apnoea via Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES). It is suitable for CPAP users as it is not necessary to come off the CPAP therapy due to the eXciteOSA being used during the day.
Signifier Medical also offer a money-back guarantee if no improvement has been achieved after 6 weeks of use (see main listing for full details).
The eXciteOSA by Signifier Medical Technologies is the first daytime therapy device, using Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES), which has been clinically proven to target the root cause of snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnoea. However, there is also a high probability that in suitable patients, the eXciteOSA may reduce the severity of moderate-severe obstructive sleep apnoea which could result in lower CPAP pressures. Time will tell, and we shall be monitoring this as genuine feedback comes in, but in the meantime you can read genuine reviews on TrustPilot.
Snoring is one of the most common signs of obstructive sleep apnoea, although not everyone who snores does have sleep apnoea, but if you do snore it is very important to check for signs and symptoms as untreated sleep apnoea can have serious medical consequences, and especially causing or exacerbating strokes, heart attacks, high blood pressure and driving accidents etc. Please see our information page about 'What Is Sleep Apnoea.' If you do suspect sleep apnoea please ask your GP for a referral to your local sleep clinic or you can even take our own diagnostic sleep study to check for sleep apnoea.
UARS has many of the signs and symptoms of sleep apnoea, but sleep study results show up below the criteria for a diagnosis and it does usually eventually progress into obstructive sleep apnoea with age, weight gain and loss of muscle tone. Please see our information page about Upper Airways Resistance Syndrome (UARS).
Even benign snoring needs addressing, as apart from the fact it causes disrupted and unrestful sleep (and for the bed partner) which affects how you feel during the day, there have been studies1,2 stating that snoring can lead to cardiovascular disease even in people without sleep apnoea, due to it resulting in the thickening of the inner walls of the carotid arteries.
There are tips and products that can improve or even reverse snoring in combination with other tips and products like the eXciteOSA and can sometimes even help with sleep apnoea, as listed below, depending on the root cause, and the eXciteOSA is certainly a clinically approved device to target what is often the root cause - the tongue!
Self-Help Tips for Improving Snoring and Sleep Apnoea:-
Refraining from alcohol within 3-4 hours of bedtime.
Avoiding any medication which causes the muscles to relax, like some anti-depressants, certain painkillers, sleeping pills, cold remedies etc - prescribed medications will need discussing with your GP before stopping.
Sleeping on your side, as snoring and sleep apnoea is usually worse with back sleeping.
Sleeping slightly elevated by raising the head of the bed by 4-6 inches.
Ensuring the nasal airways are clear of congestion with the use of saline or prescribed nasal sprays and/or nasal strips, nasal cones and oral strips. (Always read the label of over-the-counter sprays as many should only be used for a short time or can make things worse - especially when trying to come off them, which is known as the rebound effect).
Mandibular devices (mouth appliances) to pull the jaw forwards. Whilst off-the-shelf cheaper devices can be tried, if needed long-term then it is advisable to have a bespoke one made by a dentist due to the risk of jaw ache and TMJ with an ill-fitting one.
Losing weight if applicable.
1.Snoring and carotid artery intima-media thicknessRobert Deeb MD, Paul Judge MD, Ed Peterson PhD, Judith C Lin MD, Kathleen Yaremchuk MD
2.Objective snoring time and carotid intima-media thickness in non-apneic female snorersJinyoung Kim, Allan I. Pack, Barbara J. Riegel, Julio A Chirinos, Alexandra Hanlon, Seung Ku Lee, Chol Shin
The unique selling point for the eXciteOSA for patients diagnosed with sleep apnoea or UARS (Upper Airways Resistance Syndrome) and using CPAP, a mandibular device or other forms of therapy, is that with this being a daytime device the prescribed therapy can (and should) still be used. If it is suspected that the eXciteOSA has achieved a cure for sleep apnoea or diagnosed and treated UARS, then a repeat sleep study should be taken to check, as it is never ever recommended to stop using CPAP or other form of therapy and leave sleep disordered breathing untreated, due to the many risk factors - see our information page for this. If it is noticed that the AHI reading has come down or the average pressure on the CPAP readings reduced, then it is advisable to discuss this with the sleep clinic to see if any changes to the settings are needed or a repeat sleep study carried out.
We helped Signifier Medical, the manufacturer of the eXciteOSA (when the product was previously called Snoozeal) recruit participants to test the device before it went to market, and the results of improvements were encouraging, which has prompted us to add the product to our charity's stocklist. See the table below and additionally out of the 11 participants, 9 are still using the eXciteOSA, 1 stopped during the COVID-19 Lockdown but noticed how his results fell and just 1 person is no longer continuing use it:-
Sleep Quality Before Using eXciteOSA
Chance of maybe coming off CPAP.
As the saying goes "no gain without pain" so although using the device isn't 'painful' it is necessary to use the eXciteOSA every day for 20 minutes for at least the first 6 weeks (remembering to adjust the intensity as required), and once any improvements have been achieved, then it is necessary to have at least a once a week regular maintenance regime (just like when maintaining physical fitness with exercise).
Signifier Medical's Risk-free Trial*Terms and Conditions of the Sleep Guarantee:
You must start using the device within 1 x calendar week of buying eXciteOSA. For optimal results, you should use it every day for 6 weeks. However, we know that we are all only human and people forget things – so we ask that you use it for a total of 6 weeks (a total of 42 days) within an 8 week period (56 days). A session is equivalent to 20 minutes. In addition, it is recommended that you increase the therapy intensity gradually over the treatment period to ensure that you give the treatment every chance of being effective. Please note that once the initial therapy is finished and to maintain the treatment you need to use the device at least twice a week forever.
The mouthpiece is a precision piece of engineering responsible for delivering neuromuscular electrical stimulation targeted primarily at the tongue. It must be replaced every 3 months and, therefore, will not be refunded as part of the ‘try before you buy offer’. We will deduct £54 + VAT (if VAT was paid at time of purchase) from the final refund amount.
If you feel the eXciteOSA has not been beneficial, then please contact us before returning so that we can discuss your snoring and try to help and advise, and we may be able to suggest other options - even things we can't supply ourselves, as our mission at the charity is to support people with all forms of sleep disordered breathing, including benign snoring rather than being a commercial business only trying to sell products, and can often signpost you to other areas of expertise.
There are many gimmicky products invading the sleep market promising cures of snoring and sleep apnoea, which we stay well clear of, but the eXciteOSA is in no way one of these. In fact in February 2021 the FDA approved the eXciteOSA for the treatment of snoring and mild sleep apnoea and there have been studies proving its effectiveness with the following results:-
NMES is a non-invasive therapy which safely activates nerves, exercises and trains muscles. NMES is in no way a new technique and is well-established in both medicine and sports, including veterinary treatment. In fact there are currently 646 articles of study, research and discussion listed on the NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) website for many different medical conditions and the eXciteOSA aims to physiologically retrain the upper airway and tongue via NMES to stay in the natural position during sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) itself often has multiple causes, and a common one is the tongue and the upper airway muscles. Ageing, diet, and other contributors can lead to neuromuscular degeneration in these areas resulting or worsening of OSA. The same cause is responsible very often for benign snoring, which is why the eXciteOSA is a daytime treatment for snoring too.
Using eXciteOSA - just 20 minutes once a day for 6 weeks (followed by weekly maintenance therapy).
When we sleep our tongue and throat muscles are known to relax and cause snoring. In some people, these over relaxed muscles cause the tongue to fall back in the mouth, partially blocking the airway and resulting in snoring. Snoring deprives the body of quality sleep and can also create problems in relationships, such as sleeping in separate rooms.
Before starting your therapy be sure to: check the silicone on the Mouthpiece is not cracked or broken before use. If there is any evidence of damage to the silicon – DO NOT USE THE MOUTHPIECE.
Before use, wash the Mouthpiece with cold and running safe-to-drink tap water as shown in Fig 4. Avoid water reaching the USB port. Dry with a clean towel.
To start using eXciteOSA, connect the Mouthpiece with the Control Unit as shown on Fig 5.
Insert the Mouthpiece into the mouth and allow it to sit around the tongue as shown in Fig 6. and gently close your mouth. Avoid grinding or clenching the Mouthpiece.
eXciteOSA device can be controlled by the eXciteOSA Smartphone application which is highly recommended to keep track of progress.
In order for the eXciteOSA device to work, you need to allow Bluetooth connection and for iOS 13 or above you need to manually allow Bluetooth permission. (Always make sure that you have the latest version of the eXciteOSA App).
Full instructions are in the App and if you have any problems at all there is a 'chat' feature and Signifier Medical are very responsive and helpful.
Smartphone Apps can be downloaded from the App Store (Apple iOS) or the Play Store (Google Android).
Flexible Silicone Mouthpiece with Electrodes (which must be replaced every 3 months/90 days).
USB-C type Connectors
Control Unit with Bluetooth (with LED light under logo)
USB Cable and Adapter with UK 3-pin plug (15cm cable)
The Mouthpiece has a 90 day warranty and the Control Unit which power the Mouthpiece has a 1 year warranty.Please see important notes below for 'after purchase' as a new Mouthpiece must be attached to the eXciteOSA for safety reasons. You can purchase the Mouthpiece separately or order a spare with your first order on THIS LINK.
VERY IMPORTANT TO READ BEFORE PURCHASE
DO NOT USE eXciteOSA in the following circumstances:
if you are pregnant or may be pregnant.
if you have a pacemaker or implanted electrodes.
if you have dental braces or jewellery in your mouth.
if you are suffering from mouth ulceration or recent dental work.
if you are under the age of 18 years old.
Consult your Doctor/Dentist if:
you have gum disease or have bleeding from your gums or other oral conditions.
you experience pain, numbness or bleeding after using this product.
you have any nose, throat conditions and previous oral surgery
you have any medical conditions or; - Facial skeletal abnormalities - Obesity (BMI greater than 35)
This device should NOT be used:
as a cure for diagnosed moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnoea with a AHI of 15+ although it could improve the severity in the right circumstances. It must never replace the prescribed CPAP machine or other therapy (even for mild sleep apnoea) unless a repeat sleep study has proved the sleep apnoea has been cured and therapy is no longer needed.
to treat central sleep apnoea as it will provide no benefit, unless you happen to be a snorer as well, as central sleep apnoea is not caused by obstructions in the airway.
whilst asleep (device only to be used when awake).
in contact with your head, neck, spine, chest, eyes, ears or any other parts of the body other than inside the mouth as instructed.
Common Expected Reactions:
eXciteOSA is intended as a daytime therapy for the reduction of snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnoea for patients over 18 years old, by strengthening tongue muscles via electrical muscle stimulation.
VERY IMPORTANT TO READ AFTER PURCHASE AND USE
We very much hope people achieve desired improvements, but if you are diagnosed and treated for obstructive sleep apnoea, please do not automatically assume it's safe to stop your existing CPAP or other therapy without having a repeat sleep study, as apnoeas and hypopnoeas can still happen without snoring - not everyone who snores has sleep apnoea, but also not everyone with sleep apnoea snores! Always speak with your sleep clinic before coming off therapy and ask if it's possible to have a repeat sleep study, or you can book our own sleep study for evidence which you can even take to your sleep clinic on THIS LINK. Likewise, if you are a snorer and suspect sleep apnoea (stopping breathing in between the snores) then please visit your GP for a sleep clinic referral or book our home sleep study, as untreated sleep apnoea has serious health consequences.
Due to safety issues, the mouthpiece will function safely and as intended for 90 days. Beyond this period, the safety and functional performance of the mouthpiece is not guaranteed and places eXciteOSA users at undue risk, so to eliminate this risk the device will not function without a new mouthpiece attached on day 91 of each mouthpiece use. You can purchase a new mouthpiece on THIS LINK. However, once you have used the device for the required first 6 weeks and should only need to use the eXciteOSA once or twice a week as maintenance therapy, then you will not need to purchase new mouthpieces as often.
To avoid the risk of electrocution, burns, fire or physical injury:
To avoid the risk of physical injury:
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This sounds great and if your tongue is your main problem it is probably good. However I didn't notice any significant or consistent change. It's easy to use though the fitting of the tongue attachment to the devices is a bit wobbly. The vibrations are not exactly pleasant but tolerable if you step it up gradually.
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Thanks for the helpful review even though it's a pity it didn't improve things for you, which is dependent on the cause of the sleep apnoea.
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