Inspire Therapy is a new FDA-Approved sleep apnea surgery for those who cannot tolerate CPAP. This outpatient surgery is covered by most insurance plans for patients who qualify.
Inspire Therapy can Help.
Inspire Therapy is a breakthrough implantable treatment option for people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea who are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP. While you are sleeping, Inspire monitors every breath you take. Based on your unique breathing patterns, the system delivers mild stimulation to the hypoglossal nerve, which controls the movement of your tongue and other key airway muscles. By stimulating these muscles, the airway remains open during sleep.
Inspire therapy is controlled by a small handheld sleep remote. The remote allows you to turn Inspire therapy on before bed and off when you wake up, increase and decrease stimulation strength, and pause during the night if needed.
Why use Inspire Therapy to Treat Your Sleep Apnea?
- Concerns about sleep deprivation and lack of oxygen during sleep, which may cause short- and long-term health risks (i.e. heart disease, heart attack, stroke, depression and memory loss).
- Feeling too tired for work, family activities, driving or exercise
- Are unable to use or get consistent benefit from continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine
- Desire for a more peaceful sleep experience with their bed partner
Inspire therapy is safe, clinically proven, and FDA-approved.
The safety and effectiveness of Inspire therapy has been measured in over 37 peer-reviewed articles. Studies show patients using Inspire therapy experience significant reductions in sleep apnea events, increased daytime activity levels, and reduced daytime sleepiness.
A doctor trained on Inspire will evaluate if Inspire therapy is right for you.
During an office visit, the doctor will review the following to make sure you are a good candidate for Inspire and start the insurance process.
Will you Qualify for Insurance?
Inspire therapy is being reviewed and approved by insurance providers on a case by case basis
- As of January 2018, over 230 insurance providers have covered the cost of the procedure, while Medicare is approving Inspire therapy based on medical necessity
- Inspire is also on the Federal Supply Schedule, making it available for active military members, veterans, and their beneficiaries at select VA and military hospitals across the US
- The insurance team at Inspire Medical Systems will work with your doctor to submit a request for insurance approval before the procedure
- If you are given approval, the surgery will be scheduled
- Patients can typically expect to pay the cost of any unmet deductible for the year, along with any required copay or coinsurance fee for a surgery