What to Expect with Inspire Sleep Apnea Therapy
Inspire works inside the body with the patient’s natural breathing process. The system is placed under the skin during a short out-patient surgical procedure. Patients can return to their regular diet and most activities of daily living immediately after the procedure.
Over 250 insurance companies have covered Inspire, and Medicare covers the procedure based on medical necessity. Inspire is also available at select VA and military hospitals.
What Does the Stimulation Feel Like?
When Inspire is turned on you should feel a mild sensation from the stimulation. Typically, patients feel a tingling sensation or mild contraction in their tongue muscles. The stimulation should not be painful or uncomfortable and the level is adjustable. Your Inspire therapy-trained doctor will make any adjustments as needed.
How Much Will I Have to Pay Out of Pocket for This Procedure?
Every insurance plan is different. Generally, the co-pay costs for Inspire therapy should be similar to co-pays for other out-patient surgical procedures. Some patients may have secondary benefits or supplemental coverage that will offset their co-pay. Your Inspire therapy team will help you through this process.