The AlaxoStent is clinically tested for treatment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea or snoring. It provides numerous advantages in handling and convenience over a CPAP machine.
The AlaxoStent creates a continuous air passage which enables unobstructed breathing and thereby eliminates the sleep apnea. The stent is installed by the patient and can be used 18 hours a day. The stent is a smooth tubular braid made from a memory shaped nitinol metal. The braid is compressed with a thin application tube before installation. The tube is slowly introduced through one nasal passage into the throat. When released from the tube, the nitinol braid self expands and attaches to the wall of the throat. Thereby, the stent prevents the collapse of the airway.