The Inspire Program, now offered by Gwinnett Sleep, is a new method of treating sleep apnea that has amazing results. The Inspire Program is an innovative new technology that, unlike CPAP machines which simply manage symptoms, works to actively cure your obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). With this device, patients can leave their sleep apnea behind and finally get a good night’s sleep.
How It Works:
Inspire Sleep is a small device that is placed under your skin in a same-day outpatient procedure that takes about 2 hours. When implanting the device, your doctor will make 2 small incisions under your chin and below your collarbone. This device stops snoring and sleep apnea by delivering mild stimulation to the muscles in your airways, which allows the airway to remain open during sleep.
The Inspire device is controlled by a handheld remote that is turned on before sleep. When the device is on, it sends mild stimulation to your motor nerve, which gently pushes your tongue out of the way to facilitate easier breathing. This stimulation should not feel uncomfortable or painful, nor should it disrupt your sleep. The Inspire device is designed to be practically invisible and unable to be felt during the day.
Want To Join?
To begin the Inspire Program, you must first go through a consultation with our sleep specialist to determine candidacy by a physical exam and home sleep study (if not performed within last 2 years). Part of the qualification is that you have already tried using CPAP to treat your sleep apnea, and it did not work for you or you did not tolerate.
Once an evaluation and home sleep study determine you are a candidate for inspire then you will see an ENT physician for DISE (Drug induced sleep endoscopy) exam. During this exam, doctors will use a small camera to observe how your airway opens and closes. The airway exam process takes about 20 minutes, and once it is complete, you’ll know if Inspire is right for you.
Once you have qualified for the device, you can set up your Inspire procedure to receive the implant. After the procedure, you can take over-the-counter medication during recovery and resume non-strenuous activity within a few days, although you should wait to begin strenuous activities after a few weeks.
Why It Matters:
The Inspire Program is important as it effectively stops sleep apnea from occurring. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to adverse effects such as an increased risk of stroke, heart attack, and diabetes. The sleep deprivation caused from sleep apnea can also lead to workplace or automobile accidents.
Sleep deprivation has a negative effect on your overall health, so managing sleep apnea and achieving restful sleep is an important factor in staying healthy and reducing your risk of developing other medical conditions. With the Inspire device, sleep apnea becomes a thing of the past and patients who have undergone the procedure are able to achieve the restful sleep they need to stay healthy.
Our Team Can Help:
At Gwinnett Sleep, we now offer the Inspire Program because we believe that all of our patients deserve high-quality rest. Our doctors specialize in sleep medicine and are experts in helping patients resolve their sleep issues to get the good night’s sleep they deserve. Dr. Jasani, one of our talented sleep doctors, is one of the only doctors in the Gwinnett area to provide the new Inspire Sleep service because Gwinnett Sleep believes in innovation to provide patients with the best care possible. Make an appointment today to get started with this life-changing device and improve your sleep.
DISE Exam Video
The airway exam is also called a Drug-Induced Sleep Endoscopy (DISE). During the exam, a camera records how your airway opens and closes. The exam takes about 20 minutes. After the exam, your doctor will let you know if Inspire is right for you.