Inspire Sleep Apnea Therapy: Am I a Candidate?

Candidates for Inspire therapy should have the following characteristics:

  • 22 years of age or older
  • Moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea
  • Unable to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP)
  • Has an advantageous palatal anatomy

Inspire therapy is most successful in patients with a body mass index (BMI) less than 32.

An updated polysomnogram or sleep study is necessary prior to consideration of candidacy.

Outpatient Procedure for Inspire Therapy Implant

For most patients, the Inspire system can be implanted during an outpatient procedure. Patients may experience some pain and swelling at incision sites but should be able to return to non-strenuous activities after a few days. Approximately one month after implantation, patients return to their physician's office where personalized stimulation settings are established and patients are trained to use the handheld Inspire sleep remote.

Learn More About Inspire Therapy

The doctors and staff at University Hospitals are equipped to counsel patients and help determine if they would be good candidates for this new treatment option, or to discuss alternatives treatments. For more details and to make an appointment, please contact us at 216-844-6000.

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