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.
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:
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.
Studies have found that patients using Inspire therapy have significant and sustained:
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.
For more information visit www.inspiresleep.com.