Inspire® Sleep Therapy

Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) is the only FDA-approved implantable treatment for people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

You may be a good candidate for Inspire Therapy if you have moderate-to-severe OSA and are unable to use or get consistent benefits from Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Dr. Scalzitti will evaluate your overall health status and perform a physical examination of your airways to determine if Inspire therapy might be a suitable CPAP alternative for you.

How Inspire® Sleep Therapy Works

Inspire® is a device implanted inside the body that works with a patient’s natural breathing process. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, keeping the airway open during sleep.

Inspire® is implanted during a short, outpatient procedure. Most patients return home the same day and can resume non-strenuous activities within a few days or as directed by Dr. Scalzitti.

The Inspire® system consists of a breathing sensor lead and a stimulation lead, powered by a small battery. The therapy is controlled by a small handheld sleep remote which allows the patient to turn the device on before bed and off when they wake up, increase and decrease stimulation strength, and pause during the night if needed.

Why Choose Inspire®

Alternative to CPAP

Inspire® treats the root cause of sleep apnea by applying gentle stimulation to key airway muscles during sleep, allowing you to breathe normally, and more importantly, sleep without a mask, hose, or machine.

Outpatient

Inspire® is placed under the skin of the neck and chest during a short, outpatient procedure. Shortly after the procedure, Inspire® is turned on and you’ll be ready to get the sleep you’ve been dreaming of.

FDA-Approved

Inspire® was FDA-approved in 2014 and has been proven both safe and effective in
multiple clinical studies. It is the only FDA-approved obstructive sleep apnea treatment that works inside the body with just the click of a button.

Benefits of Inspire® Sleep Apnea Treatment

 

The Button.

Inspire® lets you sleep without a mask or hose. It works inside the body and is simply turned on and off with a press of a button.

It’s Quiet.

Inspire® allows you and your partner to get quiet, restful sleep without the noise of a CPAP.

Freedom.

The Inspire® remote fits in the palm of your hand and only requires 2 AAA batteries. Travel lightly and sleep anywhere with just the click of a button.

Size.

A small remote that fits easily on your nightstand.

Inspire® Sleep Apnea Treatment at North Dallas ENT

If you are interested in Inspire® sleep apnea treatment and would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Scalzitti, call North Dallas ENT at (214) 382-5100 to schedule an appointment.

Inspire® FAQs

Most insurance providers cover Inspire®:

  • Broad private insurance coverage
  • Medicare coverage across the US
  • Many VA and Military Hospitals

The cost will depend on the details of your insurance plan.

For your Inspire® appointment, bring your most recent sleep study. Be ready to talk about your struggles using CPAP and any sleep-related topics including:

  • Prescription sleep medication
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep Anxiety

Write down any questions you may have for Dr. Scalzitti.

The airway exam is a very routine and non-surgical exam. You are given a short-acting medication to put you to sleep. While you are asleep, a camera records how your airway opens and closes. The whole exam takes about 20 minutes, and when you are done, you will find out if Inspire® is right for you.

Inspire® is placed under the skin, in a same-day, outpatient procedure that takes about 2 hours. 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.

Inspire® sends mild stimulation to the motor nerve that controls your tongue, moving it out of the way. The stimulation is very gentle and designed to move the tongue forward without disturbing your sleep. It should not be painful or uncomfortable.

Inspire® should not limit your normal activities. 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 becoming a candidate for Inspire®.

The visibility of the scars will depend on your skin tone and individual healing process. There are two or three incisions made to place the device. Each patient will have one incision under the chin and one below the collarbone. Some patients will also have one on the side of the rib cage.

A significant decrease in snoring has been found as a secondary effect of Inspire®. Ninety percent of bed partners report no or soft snoring by their partner.

Like CPAP, an Inspire® doctor can print out a usage record of Inspire® to show the medical examiner that you are using your prescribed sleep apnea treatment. By providing compliance, there should be no issues renewing your commercial driver’s license.

The battery in Inspire® is designed to last for approximately 11 years. Once it is running low, it is replaced during a simple outpatient procedure.

Generally, the Inspire® system should be checked 1 to 2 times a year.

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious risk of:

  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Diabetes
  • Workplace or automobile accidents

Treatment options for sleep apnea include:

  • Lifestyle Changes
    • Exercise
    • Not drinking alcohol before bedtime
    • Sleeping on your side
  • CPAP
  • Oral Appliance
  • Inspire®
  • Surgery to remove blockages

There are three simple steps to sleeping with Inspire®:

  • An airway exam
  • The Inspire® procedure
  • Turning on Inspire® and confirming the settings