Innovative Inspire Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Approximately 18 million Americans experience obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that can cause serious problems such as excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue, memory loss and lack of concentration. These individuals have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure.
While continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is the preferred treatment method, not everybody can tolerate this. Individuals looking for an alternative treatment for their sleep apnea might find relief from Inspire therapy.
What is Inspire?
Inspire therapy is a breakthrough implantable treatment option for people with OSA who are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP.
While you’re sleeping, Inspire monitors every breath you take. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve, which controls the movement of your tongue and other key airway muscles. By stimulating these muscles, the airway remains open during sleep.
The Inspire obstructive sleep apnea device is controlled by a small handheld remote. The remote allows you to turn the device on before bed and off when you wake up; it also lets users increase and decrease stimulation strength, and pause the device when needed during the night.
Is Inspire Therapy Right for You?
You might be a candidate for Inspire therapy if:
- You have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea
- You are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP
- You are not significantly overweight
- You are over the age of 22
Your doctor will also evaluate your overall health status and perform a physical examination of your airway to determine if Inspire therapy might be a suitable alternative for you.
How Inspire Therapy Works
Inspire therapy monitors every breath you take while you are sleeping. Based on your breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, allowing the airway to remain open during sleep.
The Inspire system is fully implanted and consists of a breathing sensor lead and a stimulation lead, powered by a small battery. Using the handheld Inspire remote, simply turn the therapy on before bed and off when you wake up.
Learn how easy it is to incorporate Inspire therapy into your life. Contact us to schedule an appointment for an evaluation.