Inspire Therapy for Sleep Apnea

Dr. Claudell Cox is proud to offer Inspire therapy as 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 “How it Works”

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.    Click for How Does Inspire Work

Is Inspire Therapy for Sleep Apnea Right for You?

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Is Inspire Therapy for Sleep Apnea Right for You?

Here are some reasons people like you have chosen Inspire therapy to treat their 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) machines
  • Desire for a more peaceful sleep experience with their bed partner

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How Effective is Inspire Therapy for Sleep Apnea?

Inspire therapy is safe, clinically proven, and FDA-approved.

The safety and effectiveness of Inspire therapy has been measured in over 100 peer-reviewed articles. Studies show patients using Inspire therapy experience significant reductions in sleep apnea events, increased daytime activity levels, and reduced daytime sleepiness.


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What to Expect

During an office visit, Dr. Cox will review your:


  • If you have not had a sleep study within the last two years, you may need a new one
  • Sleep studies can be performed at home or in a sleep lab


  • Inspire is intended for moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea patients who are unable to use or get benefit from CPAP


  • BMI is a calculation based on height and weight
  • BMI requirements very by Insurance Plans.  Medicare <35BMI, some commercial plans <32BMI


  • Your airway anatomy will be checked during an airway exam. The exam will help your doctor find the airway blockage that is causing your sleep apnea. This is done both in the clinic and at a short outpatient procedure.

Based on your results, the doctor will let you know if you are a good candidate for Inspire and start the insurance process.

  • As of June 15, 2020, over 230 insurance providers have covered the cost of the procedure, including Medicare, Priority Health, BCBSMI and many more.
  • 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

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If you would like to learn more or Schedule an appointment with Dr. Cox. Please contact us by calling us at 616-249-8000.