Inspire therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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Take Comfort with Inspire therapy

Physician and a patient holding an Inspire Sleep RemoteInspire therapy is a breakthrough implantable treatment option for people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea who are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP. While patients are sleeping, Inspire monitors every breath they take. Based on their 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.

Inspire therapy works inside the body with a patient’s natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. Mild stimulation keeps the airway open during sleep, allowing oxygen to flow naturally. The patient uses a small handheld remote to turn Inspire on before bed and off when they wake up. No mask, no noise, no hose.

Am I a Candidate for Inspire?

Inspire therapy was FDA-approved in 2014 and is in use by over 5,000 patients worldwide. Over 200 leading medical centers have now been trained to offer Inspire as part of their sleep apnea treatment options.

Inspire is for patients who:

  • Have been diagnosed with moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea (AHI – the number of times they wake up each hour – between 15-65)
  • Are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP
  • Are not significantly overweight
  • Are over age 22

Reasons to Choose Inspire therapy

  • Concerns about sleep deprivation and lack of oxygen during sleep, which may cause short- and long- term health risks (i.e. heart disease, heart attack, stroke, depression and memory loss).
  • Feeling too tired for work, family activities, driving or exercise.
  • Are unable to use or get consistent benefit from continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines
  • Desire for a more peaceful sleep experience with their bed partner

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How Does Inspire Work?

The Inspire system is inserted under the skin through three small incisions during an outpatient procedure. Most patients return home the same day and are able to return to non-strenuous activities almost immediately. Most people take over-the-counter pain medicine for a few days after the procedure for pain management.

Inspire Sleep Remote

Inspire Sleep Remote

Inspire patients are in complete control of their Inspire using the Inspire Sleep Remote. Patients keep the Inspire Sleep Remote in a convenient space next to their bed and turn the device on when they go to sleep, off when they wake up, or pause the therapy if needed. In addition, they can increase or decrease the strength of the mild stimulation to find the setting that gives them comfortable, restful sleep. With the Inspire Sleep Remote, patients use Inspire all night, every night.

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Clinical Results

Inspire therapy implantable treatment optionThe safety and efficacy of Inspire therapy was measured during the STAR clinical trial. One-year STAR trial results were published in January 9th, 2014 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, showing patients using Inspire therapy had significant reductions in sleep apnea events and significant improvements in quality of life measures. These significant reductions and improvements were sustained over a 5-year follow-up period.

As of February 2019, there have been over 70 peer-reviewed publications on Inspire therapy. These publications show that patients using Inspire therapy in real-world, clinical practice settings experience significant reductions in sleep apnea events and significant improvements in quality of life measures, consistent with those seen in the STAR clinical trial.

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