How It Works
Inspire works inside your body while you sleep. It’s a small device placed during a same-day, outpatient procedure. When you’re ready for bed, simply click the remote to turn Inspire on. While you sleep, Inspire opens your airway, allowing you to breathe normally and sleep peacefully.
heavy snoring, gasping during sleep, morning headaches, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious risk of stroke, diabetes, and hypertension.
CPAP is the most common treatment by using a mask and hose to blow pressurized air into your airway. There are alternative treatments including Inspire, for those who cannot use or get benefit from CPAP.
the airway to remain open during sleep. Inspire is controlled by a small handheld remote. You turn it on when you’re ready for bed and off when you wake up.
and are not significantly obese (generally a BMI less than 35).
Your doctor will also examine your airway and review your most recent sleep study.
Preparing for Your Appointment
Medicare coverage across the US, and many VA and Military Hospitals.
Your personal cost will depend on the details of your insurance plan.
The current model of Inspire can undergo MRI on the head, neck, and extremities provided specific conditions are followed. Having a pacemaker should not disqualify you from being a candidate for Inspire.
This stimulation is very gentle and is designed to move the tongue forward without disturbing your sleep.
During the exam, a camera records how your airway opens and closes. The exam takes about 20 minutes. After the exam, your doctor will let you know if Inspire is right for you.
Most patients take over-the-counter pain medication and resume non-strenuous activities within a few days. You can resume more strenuous activities within a couple of weeks, under the direction of your doctor.
Remember to bring your Inspire remote to your upcoming appointments.
Take over the counter medicine for pain management. At your follow-up appointment, your doctor will check the incision sites and ensure you’re healing properly.
The white status ring around the large on button signifies whether therapy is on/off. Green means that Inspire is on; white indicates that Inspire is off. The plus button steps up therapy and the minus button steps down therapy.
The back of the remote indicates what step you are on. To pause therapy, press the green button one time. You don’t need to do anything for therapy to resume.
Start on level one and stay there for 3-4 days. Then, step up one level every 3-4 days. Stop stepping up levels if the stimulation wakes you up. The goal is to find the level that gives you comfortable, restful sleep.
During the sleep study, Inspire will be fine-tuned to get the best results for you. Remember to follow up with your doctor 1-2 times a year.