Inspire Therapy for Sleep Apnea
Inspire Therapy treatment is a new and novel treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It involves implanting a small device that gently stimulates the airway muscles to limit airway collapse. This treatment can significantly improve quality of life, often improve snoring, reduce (and often, eliminate) sleep apnea.
It involves a surgically implanted device which works with the body’s native anatomy to keep the airway open during sleep.
Both Dr. Boon and Dr. Huntley have been providing Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation therapy in the Philadelphia tri-state area since it first became available, and are among the most experienced surgeons in the world today for treating OSA with Inspire Therapy.
Significantly Reduces Sleep Apnea Events
Inspire Therapy is FDA approved and clinically proven to significantly reduce sleep apnea events and provide better, more restful sleep. Improved quality of life for patients and their families is usually the outcome. Unlike CPAP, Inspire works from inside the body with the patient’s natural breathing process to treat obstructive sleep apnea.
Inspire upper airway stimulation therapy implantation includes a small stimulation device, a stimulation lead, and a breathing sensor. Recovery is usually associated with very limited pain and discomfort.
How Inspire Therapy Works
The Inspire system involves a small implanted device that senses breathing patterns and delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles keeping the airway open during sleep. The device is turned on before bed and off upon awakening using a small handheld remote.
While you sleep, Inspire delivers mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve, which controls the movement of the tongue and other muscles in your airway. By stimulating this nerve, the tongue and other tissues move out of the airway so you can breathe during sleep. The doctor will evaluate your overall health, review your sleep studies, and perform a physical examination of your airway to determine if Inspire therapy might be right for you.
Are You a Candidate for Inspire Therapy?
Candidates for Inspire therapy include those who are:
- Suffering from Moderate to Severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Not Able to Tolerate or Benefit from CPAP
- Have a body mass index (BMI) around 35 or less (some patients with a higher BMI can be implanted)
- Over the Age of 22
The first step is to schedule a consultation to evaluate your overall health and perform an examination to determine if you are a candidate for Inspire Therapy.
What to Expect
The Inspire system is placed under the skin during an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. The device is activated with a remote and throughout sleep, gently stimulates the airway to keep it open.
Once the device has been activated, patients turn on the device before sleep with a small handheld remote, and then turn it off upon awakening. Several months after the implant, patients return to the sleep laboratory for final adjustments that are made in an overnight sleep study to ensure that the device is appropriately addressing the sleep apnea.
No masks… no machines… no oral devices… no noise.
Get a Restful Night’s Sleep For a Change
No Mask – No Noise – No Oral Appliance
Patients receiving Inspire Sleep Therapy experience significant reductions in sleep apnea events and significant improvements in quality of life and daytime functioning. Make an appointment to find out if Inspire Sleep Therapy is right for you.
Watch the Latest News on Inspire Therapy
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Inspire therapy is truly revolutionary and represents an incredible advance in treating the patient who is unable to tolerate CPAP therapy
It is our privilege to have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our patients and to be able to participate in their care.
We are dedicated to providing exceptional care for our patients, and through research discoveries and innovation, be able to improve that care year after year. We are equally committed to educating our next generation of specialists in the field of Otolaryngology and Sleep Medicine.