What is Inspire Sleep?

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Andreas Meistad
Jan 9, 20234 min read

What is Inspire Sleep?

If you've been struggling with sleep apnea or other sleep disorders, you may have heard of a new treatment called Inspire Sleep. But what exactly is it and how does it work?

Inspire Sleep is a small implantable device that is designed to help treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a condition in which a person's airway becomes blocked during sleep, leading to frequent interruptions in breathing. These interruptions can cause a range of problems, including daytime fatigue, irritability, and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

How does the device work?

The Inspire Sleep device works by stimulating the hypoglossal nerve, which controls the muscles in the tongue and throat. When the hypoglossal nerve is stimulated, it causes the tongue and throat muscles to contract, helping to keep the airway open during sleep. This can help to reduce or eliminate the symptoms of OSA and improve overall sleep quality.

Benefits of Inspire Sleep

One of the major benefits of Inspire Sleep is that it is minimally invasive. The device is implanted through a small incision in the neck, and the entire procedure takes about an hour to complete. There is no need for a large incision or general anesthesia, which means the recovery time is much shorter compared to traditional surgeries for OSA.

Another advantage of Inspire Sleep is that it is fully adjustable. The device can be programmed to deliver the optimal level of stimulation for each individual patient, and it can be fine-tuned over time to ensure maximum effectiveness. This makes it a highly personalized treatment option for sleep apnea.

Drawbacks of Inspire Sleep

Inspire Sleep is not for everyone, however. It is only recommended for patients who have tried other treatment options, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, and have not had success. It is also not recommended for patients who have certain medical conditions, such as a history of neck surgery or a pacemaker.

If you are considering Inspire Sleep as a treatment option for your sleep apnea, it is important to discuss it with your doctor. They will be able to determine if it is the right choice for you based on your specific needs and medical history.

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Overall, Inspire Sleep is a promising new treatment option for individuals with obstructive sleep apnea who have not had success with other treatments. Its minimally invasive nature and ability to be fully adjusted make it a highly personalized and effective option for improving sleep quality and reducing the symptoms of OSA.

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