Study Will Test the Theory That Training With the Facial-Flex Exercise Device Will Improve Snoring in Patients
The study will test the hypothesis that training with the Facial-Flex exercise device for six weeks will improve snoring in patients with primary snoring or very mild sleep apnea.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Facial-Flex as a Treatment for Snoring|
- Snore Index [ Time Frame: baseline and after 6 weeks of facial muscle training ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The snore index is the number of snores per hour of monitoring. The pre-treatment and post-treatment (6 weeks) values will be compared. A snore is a vibratory noise usually noted during inspiration and associated with vibration of the uvula and palate. The snore sensor in this study is the nasal pressure cannula connected to a sensitive pressure transducer. Snoring is detected as a fine (high frequency) oscillation superimposed on the nasal pressure waveform. The device [Sleep Scout (ClevMed, Cleveland Ohio)] has an automated scoring detection algorithm to identify breaths with snoring. Each breath with vibration is counted as a snore. As the algorithm is automated and the same snore threshold was used for both baseline and 6 week sleep studies, this prevents technologist bias in detecting snores (breaths with vibration).
- Apnea-Hypopnea Index (AHI) [ Time Frame: baseline and after 6 weeks of facial muscle training ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The number of apneas and hypopneas per hour of monitoring
|Study Start Date:||February 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||December 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
The facial flex (FF) exerciser manufactured by Facial Concepts, Inc is an FDA approved Class I medical device for treatment of facial muscle laxity. Facial muscles tend to weaken with age. The combination of deteriorating elastic tissue and facial muscle weakness causes the face to sag. Facial flex consists of two plastic tipped curved lower bars which slide across each other. An external dynamic resistance is provided by elastic bands.
Oral exercise device
Subjects will be studied before and after 6 weeks of Facial-Flex training using portable monitoring. There will be 8 patient visits and 2 additional trips to the sleep center to return the portable sleep monitor.
|United States, Florida|
|Shands Sleep Disorders Center|
|Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32606|
|Principal Investigator:||Richard B Berry, M.D.||Professor of Medicine Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine University of Florida College of Medicine Chief, Pulmonary Section, Malcom Randall VAMC Medical Director, Sleep Disorders Center Shands at AGH|