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Inspire Therapy

An alternative to CPAP therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep Management Institute is one of the few medical centers in Southwest Ohio offering Inspire therapy, the only FDA-approved device designed to treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition that repeatedly interrupts sleep due to the collapse of the airway and affects about 18 million Americans according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Patients with sleep apnea never get proper rest and often complain of all-day exhaustion. Research shows patients with poorly managed OSA are at increased risk for heart attack, stroke, weight gain, high blood pressure, heart failure and falling asleep while driving. Sleep apnea can also cause depression, spousal issues, irritability and daytime fatigue.

The first-line therapy for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines. Patients wear a mask that keeps the airway open by blowing air into the nose and/or mouth during sleep. However, CPAP is not effective if patients don’t wear their mask or cannot tolerate the therapy. Inspire therapy may be an appropriate alternative to CPAP for certain patients.

How Inspire Works

Inspire is implanted in the upper chest. The system has a battery connected to two wires: one that senses a patient’s breathing and another that stimulates the nerve that controls the tongue. During sleep, when a patient inhales and their airway collapses, mild stimulation nudges the tongue forward, opening the airway. And it’s all controlled by the patient with the Inspire Sleep Remote. Patients turn Inspire therapy on when they go to bed and off when they wake up.

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Essentially, Inspire keeps the patient’s airway open during sleep and prevents the interruptions that define sleep apnea.

This short video describes how Inspire works to treat sleep apnea and improve quality of life for patients who qualify.

To learn more, please call us at 513-721-7533

For more videos, patient stories and other resources, click here www.inspiresleep.com