Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re a patient with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP, the answers to the Inspire therapy FAQs below are meant to help you prepare to talk to an Inspire therapy-trained doctor or your sleep specialist. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please give us a call at 844-756-9744 or send an email to [email protected]

How does Inspire therapy work?

Inspire therapy works inside your body with your natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. It continuously monitors your breathing patterns while you sleep. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open while you sleep.

The Inspire system is controlled by a small handheld sleep remote, and consists of three components: a small generator, a breathing sensor lead, and a stimulation lead. Simply turn the therapy on at night before bed, and off in the morning when you wake up.

Is Inspire therapy covered by insurance?

Inspire therapy is FDA approved and proven to be an effective sleep apnea treatment. Currently, the therapy is being reviewed and approved by insurance companies on a patient-by-patient basis. Your doctor's office will work on your behalf to gain payment approval. This approach has been successful in helping patients gain insurance approval.

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How much will I have to pay out of pocket for this procedure?

Every insurance plan is different. Generally, the co-pay costs for Inspire therapy should be similar to co-pays for other surgical procedures. Some patients may have secondary benefits or supplemental coverage that will offset their co-pay. Your Inspire therapy-trained doctor can help you through this process.

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Do I need to get approval from my insurance before my first visit?

No, you do not need to have prior approval from your insurance company for the therapy prior to your first clinic visit. Your medical care team will work together to determine if Inspire therapy might be right for you. If you qualify for Inspire therapy, your Inspire therapy-trained doctor will work with you, the hospital, and your insurance company for approval.

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Is Inspire therapy DOT approved?

The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires commercial drivers to be compliant with their sleep apnea treatment in order to keep their license. Similar to CPAP, an Inspire doctor can print out a usage record of Inspire therapy to show the DOT that you are using your prescribed sleep apnea treatment. By proving compliance, there should be no issues renewing your commercial driver's license.

Will Inspire therapy help with snoring?

Data from the Inspire clinical trial showed that 85% of bed partners reported either no snoring or soft snoring by their partners using Inspire therapy.

What does the stimulation feel like?

You should feel a mild sensation from the stimulation. Typically, patients feel a tingling sensation or mild contraction in their tongue muscles. The stimulation should not be painful or uncomfortable and the level is adjustable. Your Inspire therapy-trained doctor will make any adjustments as needed.

How long will the battery last on the Inspire generator?

Most batteries last for 8 to 11 years. The generator battery cannot be recharged so once the battery runs out, you will need to have the generator replaced. This is a very common procedure with many implants.

What does the surgical procedure involve?

The Inspire system is typically implanted during an outpatient procedure under general anesthetic. The system is placed under the skin of the neck and chest through three small incisions. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks that you should be aware of. You should discuss the specifics of the procedure with your doctor.

How long is the recovery time after surgery?

Recovery time after surgery will vary from patient to patient, but you can expect some pain and swelling at the small incision sites for a few days after the implant. Based on your recovery, you may be able to go home the same day of your procedure or your Inspire therapy-trained doctor may want to keep you overnight.

Within a few days following the procedure, you should be able to return to normal non-strenuous activities. You should avoid strenuous activities for about two weeks or as directed by your Inspire therapy-trained doctor. A week after surgery, your doctor will examine you to make sure you are healing properly. Most patients have a full recovery within a couple of weeks.

Am I still a candidate for Inspire therapy if I have a pacemaker?

Having a pacemaker does not disqualify you from becoming a candidate for Inspire therapy. The Inspire trained doctor will evaluate your sleep apnea history and overall health, including heart health, before deciding if Inspire is right for you.

Will the Inspire system limit my activities?

Generally, Inspire will not limit normal daily activities. However, you should ask your Inspire therapy-trained doctor about any activities that are particularly strenuous, like weight lifting, or those that entail a large or unpredictable range of motion in your upper body and/or arms, such as working as a firefighter.

How often should my doctor check the Inspire system?

Generally, the Inspire system should be checked 1 to 2 times a year. However, your Inspire therapy-trained doctor may want to see you more or less often, depending on your situation.

What types of medical imaging are compatible with the Inspire system?

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. If you are a current Inspire patient, please visit the "For Inspire Therapy Patients" section of the website to learn if your device allows MRI Conditional scans.

Is it ok to use a microwave oven and common household appliances after my procedure?

Yes, you may use a microwave oven and any common household appliances that do not emit strong magnetic fields. If you have concerns, consult with your Inspire therapy-trained doctor.