United Hospital District is proud to offer Inspire therapy, a new treatment option for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. This innovative solution can offer relief to sleep apnea sufferers who cannot tolerate CPAP.
Inspire is the only FDA-approved obstructive sleep apnea treatment that works inside your body to treat the root cause of sleep apnea. It’s a small device placed during a same-day, outpatient procedure.
Inspire delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, allowing the airway to open during sleep. You simply turn Inspire on with a handheld remote before bed.
Throughout the night, the Inspire device continually monitors your breathing patterns, issuing stimulation as needed. When you wake up, you use the remote to turn off the therapy.
Additionally, you can use the remote to pause therapy during the night if needed and increase/decrease therapy setting.
You may be a candidate for Inspire if:
· You have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
· You are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP.
· You are not significantly obese.
· You are over the age of 18.
A UHD Ear, Nose and Throat doctor (also called an Otolaryngologist) will also evaluate your overall health status and perform a physical examination of your airway to determine if Inspire therapy might be a suitable alternative for you.
Dr. Daniel Lee is another valuable member of UHD’s Ear, Nose and Throat team. Dr. Lee is located in our Blue Earth clinic and also performs Inspire procedures on qualified patients.