Inspire for Sleep Apnea
- Posted on: Jan 15 2019
Sleep is important to us. It helps us heal and repair our cells overnight, and encourages our brains to recharge for another day. But, if you aren’t sleeping well, you may be suffering needlessly. Sure, there are factors that you can control, like putting the cat away in her room before she wakes you up in the middle of the night, or making sure to go to the bathroom before you fall asleep. But, there may be other factors at play affecting your sleep. If you’ve been suspecting that there’s something else affecting your sleep, make it a resolution to check it out this year. It’s not worth losing any more sleep over.
If you find yourself unable to sleep well due to sleep apnea, you may be interested in learning more about Inspire. Keep reading to learn more about this new treatment.
What is it?
Inspire is an implant that helps keep your airway open while you sleep. It utilizes a small generator, a sensing lead, and a stimulation lead to create mild stimulation to the important muscles involved in keeping your airway open. You can control when it operates through a handheld remote. The remote allows patients to turn the device on and off, control the stimulation strength, and pause the device when needed.
Why would I need Inspire?
Generally, patients may be interested in learning more about Inspire if they have had negative experiences with CPAP machines. Additionally, patients who are likely good candidate for Inspire may have experienced:
●Short & long term health risks including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, depression, and memory loss
●Unable to stay awake during the day or daily activities
●Unsuccessful CPAP treatment
●Lack of oxygen while sleeping
Keep in mind that there is slight risk of side effects. Possible adverse effects may include:
● Nerve trauma or damage
● Damage to blood vessels near implant
● Discomfort from the stimulation
● Tongue movement restrictions
● Tongue weakness
● Problems with swallowing or speaking
Posted in: Obstructive Sleep Apnea