Hartford Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the Northeast to offer a new treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) called Inspire Therapy.
is a minimally invasive, implantable neuro-stimulator that continuously monitors breathing during sleep. Based on a patient’s breathing pattern, the device delivers mild stimulation to keep key airway muscles open.
The system is fully implanted in an outpatient procedure and is the most innovative treatment for OSA in 20 years. It is FDA approved and clinically proven to significantly reduce sleep apnea events and improve quality of life.
How Inspire Works
An Inspire therapy-trained doctor will evaluate your overall health and perform testing to determine if Inspire therapy might be a good alternative to continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.
The Inspire system works completely inside your body with your natural breathing process to treat OSA. While you are asleep, Inspire delivers mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve, a nerve that controls the movement of the tongue and other muscles in the airway. By stimulating the nerve, the tongue and other tissues move out of the airway so you can breathe during sleep.
Inspire therapy is controlled using the Inspire Sleep Remote
. The Inspire Sleep Remote allows you to turn the therapy on and off, adjust stimulation strength, and pause stimulation during the night if needed.
What to Expect
The Inspire therapy system is placed under the skin during a short surgical procedure, usually in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia. You can return to most activities immediately after the procedure.
Is Inspire Therapy Right for You?
You may be a candidate for Inspire therapy if you:
- Have moderate to severe Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Are unable to tolerate or benefit from CPAP
- Are not significantly overweight
- Are over the age of 22