In this case, necessity was indeed the mother of invention. Underemployed at the time and without insurance, Cutler’s apnea became severe. “I was falling asleep while driving to work, in the middle of the day! I had to do something,” said Cutler. He researched the condition and began to fashion a solution mostly from items found around the house or purchased from the local hardware and sporting goods stores. “The initial device was somewhat crude, but it did help. Over the following six years, using myself as a test subject, I refined and improved the device with the goal of creating an acceptable combination of comfort and effectiveness. The resultant device bears little resemblance to the original,” he added.
Cutler decided to share the device with the public after receiving numerous requests from others afflicted with apnea...and especially their family members. CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is considered the “gold standard” in sleep apnea treatment. Unfortunately, since it requires wearing a facial or nasal mask and being tethered to an air pump during the night, it cannot be tolerated by 40% to 50% of those who begin using it. “Spouses complained that their partner’s CPAP machine was collecting dust in the closet and that the apnea was not being treated at all. Besides the lack of treatment for OSA, the heavy snoring was also untreated, causing the afflicted partner to be banished from the spouse’s bedroom. It is like adding insult to injury,” Cutler said.
“It seemed to me that there was an opportunity in the marketplace for a simple, inexpensive, and effective alternative,”
“The company is based in U.S. and Canada and due to the logistics involved, I would prefer to
find a local entity to aid in the distribution of the product within the UK. An equity position, licensing agreement, or other acceptable arrangement would be considered. Interested parties
should inquire to RespireAide@
Patents are pending in the USA, Canada, and India.
The device, along with a storage case, retaining strap, cleaning brush, and an overnight/travel pouch is available at http://www.RespireAide.com. Visit the site for more detailed information.
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Universal, highly effective, inexpensive oral appliance for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and heavy snoring.