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1,000th Innovative Treatment Performed to Cure Sleep Apnea

Posted On December 6, 2013
1,000th Innovative Treatment Performed to Cure Sleep Apnea
December 06, 2013

1,000th Innovative Treatment Performed to Cure Sleep Apnea

By Boston Globe

This month, Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America (SATCOA) reached a milestone by performing its 1,000th treatment to cure sleep apnea. With multiple locations across the country, the company offers an innovative, in-office treatment option to the nearly 18 million Americans who suffer with sleep apnea. This disease is defined as pauses in breathing that can be just a few seconds to minutes, and occur as little as five to as many as 30 times per hour. Traditionally people with this disease were only given the choice between widely unpopular masks and devices including the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine for sleeping and invasive surgeries to correct obstruction in the throat.

“Today, the approximately one in 15 Americans afflicted with this disorder have an alternative to uncomfortable, invasive treatment,” stated Jeffrey L. Silveria, MD, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SATCOA. “Sleep apnea sufferers are treated with a radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedure in an in-office setting.”

Dr. Silveria took this advanced procedure from an inpatient, hospital operation to an outpatient, in-office procedure that takes only two to five minutes over the course of five to eight treatments. RFA works by directing small amounts of targeted energy to the base of the tongue in the back of the throat. Following the procedure, the treated area heals, tissue is tightened and thus is reduced in size. This tightening and reduction directly prevents the tongue from blocking the airway while one sleeps, reducing and virtually eliminating sleep apnea. Through the use of SATCOA’s innovative RFA procedure, patients are receiving care, which enhances their quality of life in a convenient, less painful manner.

“Over 72% of our patients with mild sleep apnea have been cured within 6 months of RFA treatment,” added Dr. Silveira. “Our sleep apnea procedure has resulted in an infection rate of less than 1% compared to a 4% industry average and in addition, we have seen less than 1% in complications. We are thrilled to have helped so many patients and look forward to helping many more find a cure for the debilitating effects of sleep apnea.”

About Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America (SATCOA)
Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America is revolutionizing the field of sleep medicine by offering patients a safe, minimally invasive, curative alternative to a lifetime of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine usage, or other more invasive options. Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America currently are located in Dallas, TX, Savannah, GA, Statesboro, GA, Albany, GA, Douglas, GA, and now Tampa, FL. The company’s mission is to help patients Sleep Better. Live Healthier. To learn more, visit, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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About Phoebe Ochman

Phoebe Ochman, Director of Communications for Sleep Apnea Treatment Centers of America, manages all content and communications for the company.
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