What are the steps to sleeping with Inspire®?

There are three simple steps to sleeping with Inspire®:

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

What sleep apnea treatment options exist?

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

What are the risks of untreated sleep apnea?

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious risk of:

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

How often should my doctor check the Inspire® system?

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

How long does the Inspire® battery last?

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.

Is Inspire® DOT approved?

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.

Will Inspire® help with snoring?

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.

What will the scars look like after I have healed from the Inspire® procedure?

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.

Will Inspire® limit my activities?

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®.

What does Inspire® feel like?

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.