Otolaryngology – Obstructive Sleep Apnea

More than 18 million Americans are estimated to suffer from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form. Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation is a breakthrough implantable treatment for people with obstructive sleep apnea.

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Inspire upper airway stimulation for obstructive sleep apnea

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More than 18 million Americans are estimated to suffer from sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form and is caused by complete or partial obstructions of the upper airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. This obstruction prevents oxygen from going to the brain. The brain senses this and wakes up the body long enough to take a breath. This cycle of obstruction and waking can happen hundreds of time per night. 

Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotence and headaches. The most common treatment is the use of continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, breathing masks. Unfortunately, not everyone can tolerate or wear CPAP devices. 

Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation is a breakthrough implantable treatment for people with obstructive sleep apnea who are unable to tolerate CPAP. The fully implanted system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open during sleep. Inspire therapy is controlled by a small, handheld remote. Users turn it on before going to bed and off upon waking. Studies have found patients who use Inspire therapy have significant and sustained reductions in sleep apnea events, increased daytime activity levels and reduced daytime sleepiness.

FAQs

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Q: What are the differences between the various types of sleep apnea?

A: Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. They may cough, gasp or wake up.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of the disorder. It usually occurs because of an anatomical difference in the upper airway that prevents the person from taking a breath. Often, it’s due to the muscles of the mouth or tongue collapsing.

Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing. It is often caused by medical problems that affect the brainstem.

Q: What is Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation? 

A: Inspire therapy is an innovative obstructive sleep apnea treatment option for people unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP. The fully implanted system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles which keeps the airway open during sleep.

Q: How does Inspire therapy work?

A: Traditionally, the most common treatment for sleep apnea is the use of continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP, which involves wearing masks. However, not everyone can tolerate CPAP. Some people feel claustrophobic when wearing them or believe they are too loud.

The fully implanted Inspire therapy system works inside your body with your natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. It continuously monitors your breathing patterns while you sleep. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles and keeps them open during sleep.

Inspire therapy is controlled by a sleep remote. Simply turn on the therapy at night before bed and off in the morning upon waking.

Q: What are the benefits? 

A: In a clinical trial, users saw the following results:

  • 78 percent reduction in sleep apnea events per hour
  • 75 percent reduction in bed partner-reported snoring 
  • 81 percent of patients use Inspire therapy all night, every night.