Inspire works inside the body with a patient’s natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. Inspire delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, allowing the airway to openduring sleep. The patient uses a small handheld remote to turn Inspire on before bed and off when they wake up. No mask, no hose, just sleep.
The Inspire Procedure
The Inspire system is made of a small battery and 2 small wires. Inspire is placedunder the skinof the neck and chestthrough three small incisions during an outpatient procedure. Most patients return home the same day and return to non-strenuous activities within a few days. Over-the-counter pain medicineis typically usedfor a few days after the procedure for pain management.
Sleep Apnea Innovation
Inspire is controlled by the patient using the small, handheld Inspire Sleep Remote. The Inspire Sleep Remote is used to turn Inspireon before bed and off in the morning. Additionally, the patient can pause therapyduring the night if neededand increase/decrease therapy settings
Inspire therapy was FDA-approved in 2014 and, as of August 2019,is usedby over 5,000 peopleworldwide. Over 250 leading medical centers have been trained to offer Inspire as part of their sleep apnea treatment options.
Inspire is for people who:
•Have been diagnosed with moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea, specifically an Apnea-Hypopnea Index(i.e. the number of times they stop breathingeach hour)between 15 and 65
•Are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP
•Are not significantly overweight
•Are over age 22
The safety and efficacy of Inspire 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 improvementsin quality of life measures. These significant reductions and improvements were sustained over a 5-year follow-up period.
As of August 2019, there have been over 90 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.
Notable outcomes of Inspire include:
90% of bed partners reported no snoring or soft snoring.
79% reduction in sleep apnea events.
94% of people are satisfied with Inspire.
96% of Inspire patients say Inspire is better than CPAP & would recommend Inspire to others.