Healthy Thursday: Inspire Implant
Inspire is kind of like a pacemaker, but for your breathing. If you suffer from Sleep Apnea and your doctors have suggested the CPAP mask and machine, look into the Inspire System.
The Inspire system consists of three components: a small generator, a breathing sensor lead, and a stimulation lead—all controlled by the small handheld Inspire sleep remote. Simply turn the therapy on at night before bed, and off in the morning when you wake up. Inspire therapy works inside your body, and with your natural breathing process, to treat sleep apnea. It continuously monitors your breathing patterns while you sleep. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, which keeps the airway open.
Inspire therapy might be right for you if:
- You have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
- You can’t use or don’t get relief from CPAP
Your Inspire therapy doctor will also evaluate your airway anatomy and overall health status to determine if Inspire therapy is right for you.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tongue and other soft tissues relax during sleep and obstruct the airway. This obstruction can happen at the soft palate, tongue base, or in many cases, both locations.Without fresh air, the oxygen level in the blood decreases. The brain senses a problem and arouses the body from sleep just long enough to open the airway. Regular breathing is restored, but only for a few breaths, and then collapse occurs again – restarting the apnea cycle. This cycle of obstructions and waking can repeat dozens of times per hour throughout the night, disrupting sleep.
Common symptoms of OSA include snoring, daytime sleepiness, irritability, or difficulty with focus or concentration. If left untreated, OSA can lead to secondary health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other serious health risks.