Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder that occurs when the soft tissue
in the back of the throat collapses during sleep. This causes a blockage
in the airway which can lead to shallow breathing or even a stoppage in
breathing for short periods of time throughout the night. This may cause
snoring, daytime sleepiness, high blood pressure, weight gain, depression
and morning headaches.
If you have a mild case of sleep apnea, your doctor may suggest that you
make small lifestyle changes such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol,
sleeping on your side, or using a nasal spray. For more extreme cases,
a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine, an oxygen mask you
wear over your mouth and nose while you sleep, might be recommended.
Saint Francis Healthcare offers Inspire therapy for patients suffering from OSA.
Call Dr. Hummayun Ismail at 302.223.9892, ext. 210 to schedule a consultation!
What is Inspire Therapy?
Inspire therapy treats OSA by implanting a small device under the skin
of the neck and chest. The device monitors your breathing patterns while
you sleep and delivers mild stimulation to keep airway muscles open. The
system is controlled by a small handheld remote that patients use to turn
therapy on when they go to bed and off when they wake up.
How It Works
How long does surgery take?
The Inspire device is implanted during an outpatient procedure. Most patients
return home the same day and resume normal activities within a few days.
What are the key benefits?
- Inspire helps you sleep without any breathing disruptions. This leads to
more quality sleep that leaves you feeling alert and refreshed the next day.
- The device provides mild stimulation throughout the night to keep your
airway open. This provides relief from daytime sleepiness and can also
reduce snoring. Inspire reduced snoring and daytime sleepiness in 79%
- Quiet sleep for your partner at night.
How do I know if this procedure is right for me?
To be considered a serious candidate for the treatment, you must:
- Have moderate-to-severe sleep apnea.
- Have either failed or not tolerated CPAP treatment.
- Not have certain diseases or conditions that disqualify you as a candidate.
- Have a body-mass index that indicates you are not morbidly obese.
Courtesy: Inspire Medical Systems
To learn more about Inspire therapy, please visit
InspireSleep.com or call Dr. Hummayun Ismail at 302.223.9892, ext. 210 to schedule a consultation.