Inspire Sleep Apnea Therapy

Inspire Sleep Apnea Therapy

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Inspire upper airway stimulation

Giving those who suffer from sleep apnea the freedom to sleep like everyone else.


Dr. Robert Sonnenburg is the first ear, nose and throat specialist in the region to offer Inspire upper airway stimulation therapy, a new treatment option for people diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea.


Inspire device close up


Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, affects nearly 18 million Americans. OSA doesn’t just interrupt sleep. Left untreated, it can lead to devastating effects on heart and brain health and have lasting effects on quality of life.

Traditionally, OSA is treated primarily with continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. However, research indicates that some people do not respond well to CPAP therapy and that long-term adherence to CPAP therapy is less than 50 percent.


Ideal candidates for Inspire upper airway stimulation therapy:

  • Have been diagnosed with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, indicated by an Apnea Hypopnea Index (AHI) between and 15 and 65
  • Have tried and struggled with or cannot get consistent benefit from CPAP treatment
  • Are not significantly overweight

Inspire at a glance

Inspire at a glance illustration BayCare Clinic ENT

The Inspire upper airway stimulation therapy system consists of a stimulation lead and a breathing sensor powered by a small battery.


During the outpatient procedure, the system is placed under the skin in the neck and chest through three small incisions.


There’s no uncomfortable mask or hose. Patients remain in control of their own treatment.


There’s a small handheld Inspire remote used to turn on the therapy system before bed, and off after waking.


Sleep apnea remote control on man with blue shirt


Clinically proven

Studies have found that patients using Inspire therapy have significant and sustained:

  • Reductions in sleep apnea episodes
  • Increased activity levels
  • Reduced daytime sleepiness
  • Significant decrease in snoring


Resources & Insurance

In most instances, if a patient meets the criteria for Inspire, insurance will provide coverage for the device.


However, all plans are different and can change frequently.


For more information on insurance coverage call your insurance provider directly.


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