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Inspire Sleep Therapy

Treat Sleep Apnea Without a Mask.

No mask. No hose. Just sleep.

Memorial Health is proud to offer Inspire therapy, a treatment option for patients with obstructive sleep apnea. This innovative solution can offer relief to sleep apnea sufferers who cannot tolerate CPAP. In fact, more than 50,000 patients in the U.S. have benefited from the therapy!

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.

How It Works

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 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 settings.

Inspire Therapy Might be Right for You

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

Your doctor 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.

Getting Started

Let’s walk through the Inspire process, step-by-step:

1. Your initial appointment: What to expect You will first visit Logan Dalal, MD, Medical Director of the Sleep Medicine program at Memorial Hospital. He is a Harvard-trained sleep medicine physician with a strong passion for helping people get better quality sleep. Dr. Dalal will determine if Inspire is the right fit for you. He will look at your sleep study and, if needed, assist in getting an updated study. For insurance purposes, most sleep studies need to have been performed in the last two years.

Together, you will discuss your experience with sleep apnea and CPAP. You can also ask any questions you may have.

2. Airway exam If Dr. Dalal determines you’re a good candidate for Inspire, you will schedule an airway exam with Benjamin Bush, MD, with Memorial Ear, Nose & Throat. In this approximate 20-minute routine exam, Dr. Bush will look inside your airway with a small camera to ensure Inspire is the right treatment for you.

3.  Outpatient procedure If you pass the airway exam, you will next be scheduled for the two-hour outpatient procedure, during which Inspire is placed under the skin, with two small incisions. Most patients take over-the-counter pain medication and resume non-strenuous activities within a few days.

4.  Turning on Inspire About a month after the procedure, Inspire will be turned on during an office visit. This is where you will receive your Inspire Sleep Remote and instructions on how to use it. As you step up levels and get used to sleeping with Inspire, you’ll have follow-up appointments with Dr. Dalal to determine which settings are best for you. After using Inspire at home for a few months, you will return to Memorial Sleep Medicine to fine-tune Inspire during an overnight sleep study.

If you think you would benefit from Inspire sleep solution, please see your primary care provider for a referral to our state-of-the-art sleep facility. To speak to our Inspire Navigator, call (937) 578-2735.

Learn more by watching the Inspire video!




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What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which an individual’s breathing repeatedly stops and starts during sleep.

Symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Heavy snoring, gasping during sleep
  • Observed breathing pauses during sleep
  • Morning headaches
  • Feeling unrefreshed in the morning
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Impaired concentration, memory, and mood swings

Complications from lack of sleep due to sleep apnea could include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • High blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke

How does Inspire work?

Inspire works inside your body with your natural breathing process to treat obstructive sleep apnea. While you sleep, Inspire delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, allowing the airway to remain open. The Inspire system is controlled by a small handheld sleep remote. Simply turn Inspire on before bed and off in the morning when you wake up.

Will Inspire help with snoring?

A significant decrease in snoring has been found as a secondary effect of Inspire. 90% of bed partners report no or soft snoring by their partner.

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Is Inspire covered by insurance?

Inspire is reimbursed by most major insurance providers, either as a covered policy or approved on an individual basis. Your doctor and the insurance team at Inspire will work with you for approval. *To be eligible for insurance coverage, you typically need a BMI, or body mass index, below 36. Talk to yourdoctor about any concerns you may have regarding your BMI, and how they may be able to help.

Is Inspire covered by Medicare?

Medicare is reimbursing the cost of Inspire therapy based on medical necessity across the United States.

How much will I have to pay out of pocket?

Every insurance plan is different. Typically, you can expect to pay the cost of any unmet deductible for the year, along with any required copay or coinsurance fee for a surgery.

Do I need to get approval from my insurance company before my first visit?

No, you do not need approval from your insurance company before your first visit.

Is Inspire DOT approved?

Like CPAP, an Inspire doctor can print out a usage record of Inspire to show the medical examiner that you are using your prescribed sleep apnea treatment. By proving compliance, there should be no issues renewing your commercial driver’s license.