Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation

Hello! I’m curious if anyone has experience with the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation treatment (inspiresleep.com) I do not tolerate the CPAP and am feeling more hopeful about this alternative than from a dental device. So far I’ve read the website and watched their videos but it would be nice to hear about the experience from someone who’s not connected to the company. I’ve gotten to this point because I’ve had two different CPAP’s and countless masks. Nothing works. I simply cannot sleep using a CPAP. I have an appointment with a new sleep doctor (my former doctor retired) but cannot get in until November.

Thanks in advance!
JJ

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Hello @jonjacobjingleheimerschidt, and welcome to Connect. Thank you for posing the question about the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation treatment. Since I had not heard of this, I did some of my own digging. It would appear that upper airway stimulation is approved for people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea who can’t tolerate CPAP or BiPAP. Is it safe toe assume you have obstructive sleep apnea?

While we can’t endorse any product, you may find this information from MayoClinic.org on treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea useful, http://mayocl.in/2rzGCvq. You may notice there is a portion on that page under surgical options that discusses upper airway stimulation treatments. As always, it would be best to present your questions to your sleep doctor, especially since the implantation of this device requires surgery and calibrating.

I would also like to invite @vickiw, @beatricefay, @patreats5674, @upnorthnancy, @hosta, as they all have sleep apnea and have discussed having some issues with their CPAP machines and masks. Have any of you heard of, or discussed with your physician, an upper airway stimulator?

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Hello @jonjacobjingleheimerschidt, and welcome to Connect. Thank you for posing the question about the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation treatment. Since I had not heard of this, I did some of my own digging. It would appear that upper airway stimulation is approved for people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea who can’t tolerate CPAP or BiPAP. Is it safe toe assume you have obstructive sleep apnea?

While we can’t endorse any product, you may find this information from MayoClinic.org on treatment options for obstructive sleep apnea useful, http://mayocl.in/2rzGCvq. You may notice there is a portion on that page under surgical options that discusses upper airway stimulation treatments. As always, it would be best to present your questions to your sleep doctor, especially since the implantation of this device requires surgery and calibrating.

I would also like to invite @vickiw, @beatricefay, @patreats5674, @upnorthnancy, @hosta, as they all have sleep apnea and have discussed having some issues with their CPAP machines and masks. Have any of you heard of, or discussed with your physician, an upper airway stimulator?

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I have not heard of the inspire upper airway stimulation treatment. I did get a new mask and it has helped for a while, now I am starting to have air leaks again. So discouraging. I have both obstructive and central sleep apnea. I am on a BIPAP machine.

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I am doing well with my CPAP machine. I use the cushion pillows and have no air leaks. I don’t expect to make any changes.

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The mask seems to loose some of it’s springieness with a few months use. What are sponges? I will have to check into that since replacing masks every few months could get costly. I just had a motor vehicle accident and ended up with cervical ruptures etc. I hope it does not lead to worsening of my apnea as cervical disease get’s worse. I wonder if inspire the stimulator for those whom can’t tolerate other apnea devices will be the answer for me and others. Any body have any thoughts or experience with the inspire yet? My health insurance would only pay for at home apnea study. So not even sure if mine is obstructive or central. Maybe auto insurance will eventually help me get the full apnea study to see. Apnea is such a newer discovery that I don’t think we
even know for sure how common it is but I bet a lot more common then we think and causes a lot more further health issues then we are aware if too. Anyhow I am interested in any thoughts or wisdom anyone has. Thank You

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