IOTA: Intra Oral Tongue Advancement
IOTA is a medical product used for the treatment of Sleep Apnoea. Sleep Apnoea is a condition whereby the throat collapses during sleep. Physiological mechanisms include the retraction of the tongue and soft palate into the back of throat. It affects 1.5 million people with 85% of people left undiagnosed.
IOTA is a non-invasive, portable and affordable treatment alternative to the current CPAP device which is an uncomfortable, cumbersome and expensive air pressure mask. Compliance with CPAP treatment currently sits at just 50%.
IOTA uses mild electrical stimulation of the genioglossus muscle under the tongue to invoke contraction of the tongue during sleep. This advances the tongue downwards and forwards in order to keep an open upper airway.
As it has the same physiological mechanisms, IOTA can also be used in the treatment of snoring.