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Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation Therapy

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Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation Therapy

The first fully implanted, clinically proven obstructive sleep apnea therapy for patients unable to use CPAP

Introducing Inspire Therapy

OhioHealth Sleep Services is now certified to offer Inspire Therapy®. Inspire therapy is a new clinically proven treatment option, approved by the FDA, for people with moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) who are unable to use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Our doctors and staff are equipped to counsel and help you determine if you would be a good candidate for this treatment option.

Among its many advantages, Inspire Therapy:

  • Is fully implanted
  • Does not require a mask or oral appliance
  • Works with your body's natural anatomy
  • Is simple and easy to use

What is Inspire Therapy?

Inspire therapy is a small, fully implanted system that senses breathing patterns and delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open during sleep. The system consists of three fully implanted components: a small generator, a breathing sensor lead and a stimulation lead.

Using the small handheld Inspire sleep remote, a patient turns therapy on before bed and off upon awakening.

Inspire therapy is a truly unique approach to OSA that may be an option for people who are unable to use CPAP and do not want to consider traditional, anatomy altering surgery.

A New, Clinically Proven Sleep Apnea Therapy for People Unable to Use CPAP

While CPAP and oral appliances work from "the outside in" during sleep to prevent your tongue and other soft tissues from relaxing and obstructing your airway, Inspire® therapy works from "the inside out."

The small, fully implanted system continuously monitors your breathing patterns during sleep. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open.

Watch a short video to see how Inspire therapy works.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Does the Stimulation Feel Like?

You will likely feel a tingling sensation or mild contraction in your tongue muscles. The stimulation should not be painful or uncomfortable. The stimulation is programmed to deliver therapy without waking you from sleep.

Will Inspire Therapy Address Snoring?

Data from the STAR clinical trial showed that 85% of bed partners reported either no snoring or soft snoring for their partners using Inspire therapy. However, it is important to note that while Inspire therapy may improve snoring, it is not intended to treat snoring.

Will the Inspire System Limit My Activities?

Generally, no. However, you should ask your doctor about any activities that are particularly strenuous, (e.g., weight lifting) or that entail a large or unpredictable range of motion of your upper body and/or arms (e.g., working as a firefighter). Your doctor may ask you to refrain from certain activities or to approach them with precaution.

Are There Medical Imaging Technologies That Should Be Avoided?

You should not undergo an MRI once you have Inspire therapy implanted. The magnetic fields of MRI scanners may cause harm to components of your implanted system and may also cause tissue damage. Alternative imaging technologies such as CT, ultrasound, and others may be most suitable for you. Discuss your options with your doctor.

Can I Use a Microwave Oven and Common Household Appliances?

Yes, you may use a microwave oven and common household appliances as long as they do not emit strong magnetic fields.

If you have additional questions, please visit InspireBetterSleep.com

To find out if you could be a candidate for Inspire Therapy, contact OhioHealth Sleep Services.

Among its many advantages, Inspire Therapy:

  • Clinically proven to reduce sleep apnea events and improve quality of life and daytime functioning
  • Fully implanted; does not require a mask or oral appliance
  • Designed to work with your body’s natural anatomy and breathing processes
  • Simple and easy to use