How to get rid of obstructive sleep apnea?


About the research

Snoring can be very annoying for your bed partner, but it can also seriously disrupt your own sleep as a snorer. Because did you know that snoring is sometimes accompanied by periods in which you literally stop breathing - sometimes even for minutes at a time? That is the case with obstructive sleep apnea. Marijke Dieltjens (UAntwerpen - FWO) wants to restore peace and quiet in the bedroom by helping people who suffer from this with a small, personalized mouth brace. She explains how this works in this video.

Marijke Dieltjens
FWO - UAntwerpen

Since childhood, Marijke is interested in the human body. That’s why she started her studies in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Antwerp. During these studies, Marijke had to opportunity to enjoy an internship at the multidisciplinary sleep center of the Antwerp University Hospital. At that moment, she appreciated the impact of snoring and sleep apnea on a patient’s life and the relevance of treatment. During both her Ph.D. and her current appointment as a senior postdoctoral fellow, her research focuses on the optimization of a non-invasive therapy that advances the mandible during sleep, the so-called mandibular advancement devices (MAD).

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