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What is Inspire Therapy?
Inspire therapy is a breakthrough implantable treatment option for people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea who are unable to use or get consistent benefit from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP).
Sleep apnea patients receiving Inspire therapy see significant improvement in quality of life and daytime functioning. Patients reported a 78% reduction in sleep apnea events, and 80% of bed partners reported soft or no snoring.*
*As measured by the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and Functional Outcomes of Sleep Questionnaire.
Inspire Therapy Patient Profile
How it Works
While the patient is sleeping, Inspire monitors every breath a patient takes. Based on unique breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve which controls the movement of the 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 sleep remote. The remote allows patients to turn Inspire therapy on before bed and off when they wake up, and pause during the night if needed.
Patients are evaluated by Dr. Kary Whitehead,
Sleep Medicine Specialist, to determine whether they are a candidate for Inspire therapy.
Inspire therapy is implanted during a short surgical procedure, typically in an outpatient setting, by
Dr. Cody Aull, Otolaryngologist.
Cody B. Aull, DO
Kary Whitehead, MD
Board Certified in Sleep Medicine
In this Medical Minute, Dr. Kary Whitehead discusses Inspire Therapy, a new treatment for sleep apnea patients.