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Ear, Nose, and Throat

Moving Forward With Inspire

What to Expect

Initial appointment:
An Inspire trained doctor will determine if Inspire is the right fit for you. They 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.

At your initial appointment, you can expect to talk to your doctor about your
experience with sleep apnea and CPAP. You can also ask any questions you may

Airway exam
If your doctor determines you’re a good candidate for Inspire, you will schedule an
airway exam. In this approximate 20-minute routine exam, the doctor will look inside
your airway with a small camera to ensure Inspire is the right treatment for you.

Same-day procedure
Inspire is placed under the skin with two small incisions, during an outpatient
procedure that takes about two hours. Most patients take over-the-counter pain
medication and resume non-strenuous activities within a few days.

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 your doctor to determine which settings are best for
you. After using Inspire at home for a few months, you will return to the doctor’s
office to fine-tune Inspire during an overnight sleep study.