Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation
What is It?
Inspire® Upper Airway Stimulation therapy is the first implantable device for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Unlike CPAP, Inspire works from inside the body with the patient’s natural breathing process. Inspire is FDA approved and clinically proven to significantly reduce sleep apnea events and improve quality of life for patients and their families.
Dr. Carly Schrage is the first surgeon in Orange County to implant the Inspire device and is currently the only surgeon in Orange County who has performed this procedure.
How It Works
Inspire® therapy works completely inside your body with your natural breathing process. 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 system is placed under the skin during a surgical procedure, typically in an outpatient setting under general anesthesia.
Patients can return to their regular diet and most activities of daily living immediately after the procedure.
Is Inspire 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
The first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Carly Schrage to evaluate your overall health status and perform an examination of your airway anatomy to determine if Inspire® therapy might be a suitable alternative for you.