Discover Inspire, a breakthrough sleep apnea treatment that works inside your body with your natural breathing process. No mask, no hose, no noise. Simply turn Inspire therapy on before you go to bed, and turn it off when you wake up.
Inspire is a revolutionary new sleep apnea treatment option for patients who are unable to use CPAP devices. The Inspire device is implanted during an outpatient procedure and works with a handheld sleep remote. The device is comprised of three small portions that are all connected to work to seamlessly keep you breathing as you sleep to allow you to wake feeling refreshed. The upper portion of the device is implanted on the hypoglossal nerve just under the tongue to stimulate the nerves that lift the tongue — effectively unblocking the airway. A breathing sensor is implanted in the intercostal — space between the ribs — muscles to monitor breathing as you sleep. An upper airway stimulator is the main component of the device and functions as the communication hub between the breathing sensor and the upper stimulator. The external button-control device can be turned on when you go to bed and then turned off when you awake in the morning. The device will monitor for apneic-like episodes and trigger the stimulator to open the airway.
Frequently Asked Questions About Inspire Sleep Apnea Device
Do I qualify for Inspire sleep apnea treatment?
Many people who cannot tolerate or do not see effective results with CPAP use are eligible for Inspire treatment. Other eligibility requirements include:
- Moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (more than 15 events per hour)
- Over the age of 22
- BMI <33
- No other significant comorbidities
- No upper airway anatomic abnormalities
- Difficulty adjusting to CPAP therapy
Your provider will discuss your specific condition and eligibility. Contact Alpine Ears Nose & Throat to schedule your evaluation.
Is Inspire covered by my medical insurance?
Most medical insurance companies will either cover or reimburse patients for the cost of Inspire. Medicare is currently reimbursing the cost of Inspire in most areas, based on medical necessity. Veterans who use Tricare or VA disability may be eligible, depending on their specific benefits.
Contact us to discuss your specific insurance and financial needs.
Will Inspire help to reduce snoring?
76% of patients’ bed partners reported a reduction in the frequency and intensity of snoring.
Will Inspire affect my ability to undergo medical imaging or other medical procedures?
Generally, no. The Inspire device does not interfere with most medical imaging modalities, and if your model does limit MRI, your provider will discuss this specific limitation with you. For the most part, other procedures and medications are safe to take. Your provider will discuss your specific case with you.
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Inspire therapy was tested in the STAR clinical trial and approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration. In the clinical trial, patients receiving Inspire therapy experienced a significant reduction in sleep apnea events and significant improvement in the quality of life measures. Some notable results include:
- 68 percent reduction in episodes of sleep apnea
- Significant improvements in quality of life and daytime functioning
- 85 percent of bed partners reported no or soft snoring
Inspire Sleep Apnea Treatment at Alpine ENT
Alpine ENT is excited for Dr. Robertson and his team to offer Inspire treatment for obstructive sleep apnea in Cheyenne, Fort Collins, and Loveland. Contact us to schedule your consultation, and get the sleep you deserve!