Frequently Asked Questions
The following Frequently Asked Questions are meant to answer the most common questions patients have after receiving Inspire therapy. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please contact your Inspire physician’s office.
Once healing is complete, it is perfectly fine to wear a backpack with Inspire therapy. Adjust the straps as needed for comfort.
To get a printout of your compliance to Inspire therapy, schedule an appointment with your Inspire doctor. Be sure to bring your Inspire Sleep Remote, as it records your nightly usage of the device. Your doctor will download the data and provide you with a printout that shows your compliance.
When it comes to dental care, you should tell your dentist that you have an implantable device. All precautions taken with other implantable devices such as pacemakers should be taken and your dentist should keep all electrical devices such as the dental drill as far from your implant as possible. Do not continue if you feel stimulation during the procedure.
If you have misplaced your remote, contact your Inspire doctor's office right away. They will work with you to get you a new remote.
Mammograms are fine to have with Inspire. You should inform the technician that you have an implantable device and show them where the implantable components are located.
You should have been given a paper medical device identification card the day you received Inspire therapy. If you have lost or did not receive your identification card, please contact your Inspire doctor's office. Or your therapy manual.
Yes, you may use a microwave oven and other common household appliances that do not emit strong magnetic fields. If you have concerns, consult with your Inspire doctor or Inspire therapy manual.
All Inspire patients can undergo most imaging technologies across the entire body including CT, ultrasound, and X-ray scans. Depending on the model of your Inspire system, you may be able to undergo MRI on the head and extremities, provided certain conditions and precautions are followed.
Please check your Inspire Patient ID Card to determine if you are able to get an MRI under specific conditions. If there is a yellow MR triangle on the back of your Patient ID Card, you have the Inspire Model 3028 and are eligible for MRI head and extremity scans provided specific guidelines are followed. If the back of your Patient ID Card does not have the yellow MR triangle, you have the Inspire Generator Model 3024 and are not eligible for MRI scans.
The stimulation from Inspire therapy may feel less strong as time goes on. This is completely normal and is a part of the acclimatization process. Remember, you can always verify if stimulation is on by checking your Inspire Sleep Remote. If you have concerns, contact your Inspire doctor's office.
If you are using an Inspire Model 3032 Sleep Remote and want to upgrade to an Inspire Model 2500 Sleep Remote, you can purchase a new one through your Inspire doctor's office. Call them for more details.
If you need a pacemaker or another type of implantable medical device, please have your doctor contact your Inspire doctor prior to surgery. They will discuss how to intraoperatively test the two devices to ensure they do not interact.
If your remote is not working, first try replacing the batteries. If that does not help, call your Inspire doctor to set up a troubleshooting appointment.
If you have an Inspire Model 3032 Sleep Remote, the lower half of the front side of the remote is removed. A new 9V battery will need to be put in. If you have an Inspire Model 2500 Sleep Remote, the lower half of the back side of the remote is removed. Two AAA batteries will need to be put in. Refer to your Inspire Sleep Remote manual for more information.
I am traveling through airport security for the first time since my implant. What should I tell the TSA agent?
Tell the TSA agent that you have an implanted device and show them your medical device identification card. This is common protocol for all implanted medical devices, including pacemakers. It is fine to go through the millimeter wave detection scanner. In addition, you may walk through the metal detector, but walk directly through without lingering. Consult your Inspire physician or Inspire manual for more information.
Click here to watch a short video on how to use the remote. If you are still having trouble, contact your Inspire physician.
Yes, it is fine to get an X-Ray with Inspire therapy.