How it Works

Inspire is an alternative to CPAP that works inside your body while you sleep. It’s a small device placed during a same-day, outpatient procedure.

When you’re ready for bed, simply click the remote to turn Inspire on. While you sleep, Inspire opens your airway, allowing you to breathe normally and sleep peacefully.

You May Be a Candidate If:

  • You have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
  • You are unable to use or get consistent benefits from CPAP.
  • You are not significantly obese.
  • You are over the age of 18.

Patient Outcomes

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Why Choose Inspire

Here are some reasons people like you have chosen Inspire to treat their sleep apnea:

Alternative to CPAP

Inspire treats the root cause of sleep apnea by applying gentle stimulation to key airway muscles during sleep, allowing you to breathe normally, and more importantly, sleep without a  mask, hose, or machine.

Proven Procedure

Inspire is placed under the skin of the neck and chest during a short, outpatient procedure. After healing, Inspire is turned on and you’ll be ready to get the sleep you’ve been dreaming of.

FDA Approved

Inspire was FDA approved in 2014 and has been proven both safe and effective in multiple clinical studies. It is the only FDA-approved obstructive sleep apnea treatment that works inside the body with just the click of a button.

Inspire Frequently Asked Questions

  • Inspire works inside your body with your natural breathing process
  • It delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, allowing the airway to remain open during sleep
  • Inspire is controlled by a small handheld sleep remote
You may qualify for Inspire if you:  
  • Have been diagnosed with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea
  • Struggle with or can’t get consistent benefits from CPAP
  • Are not significantly obese
  • Over the age of 18

Your doctor will also examine your airway and review your most recent sleep study

  • Bring your most recent sleep study
  • Be ready to talk about your struggles using CPAP and any sleep-related topics including:
    • Prescription sleep medication
    • Insomnia
    • Sleep anxiety
  • Write down any questions you have for the doctor
  • The airway exam is very routine and non-surgical
  • You’re given a short-acting medication to put you to sleep. While you’re asleep, a camera records how your airway opens and closes
  • The whole exam only takes about 20 minutes, and when you’re done, you’ll find out if Inspire is right for you
  • Inspire is placed under the skin in a same-day, outpatient procedure that takes about two hours
  • Most patients take over-the-counter pain medication and resume non-strenuous activities within a few days
  • You can resume more strenuous activities within a couple of weeks
  • Inspire sends mild stimulation to the motor nerve that controls your tongue, moving it out of the way
  • The stimulation is very gentle and designed to move the tongue forward without disturbing your sleep. It should not be painful or uncomfortable.
  • Inspire should not limit your normal activities
  • The current version of Inspire can undergo MRI scans provided specific conditions are followed
  • Having a pacemaker should not disqualify you from becoming a candidate for Inspire

The visibility of the scars will depend on your skin tone and individual healing process. There are two or three incisions made to place the device. Each patient will have one incision under the chin and one below the collarbone. Some patients will also have one on the side of the rib cage.

The current version of Inspire (Model 3028) is eligible for MRI scans, provided specific conditions are followed. Inspire Model 3024 is not eligible for MRI scans. For more information on MRI Guidelines, please click here.​

  • To find out what Inspire Model you have, please contact your doctor or refer to your Patient ID card. Learn more at
  • All Inspire patients are eligible to have CT scans and X-Rays anywhere in the body.
Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious risk of:
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Diabetes
  • Workplace or automobile accidents
Treatment options for sleep apnea include:
  • Lifestyle Changes
    • Exercise
    • Not drinking alcohol before bedtime
    • Sleeping on your side
  • CPAP
  • Oral Appliance
  • Inspire
  • Surgery to remove blockages

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