Sleep Apnea Surgery
Dr. Clark is an expert in the Inspire Sleep Apnea Implant or Inspire Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator. Dr. Clark will evaluate you for a backward collapse of the tongue. You will first need a recent sleep study, showing frequent apneic episodes and failure of C Pap usage. He will use nasal endoscopy under minimal anesthesia to determine if the device will work in your particular situation. This is the case for many, but not all sleep apnea patients. The Inspire Hypoglossal Nerve Stimulator consists of a breathing sensor and a stimulation lead, powered by a small battery. Dr. Clark will implant the device under full anesthesia and continuous nerve monitoring. Inspire therapy continuously monitors breathing while the patient sleeps. The system delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, and gently moves the tongue and other soft tissues out of the airway to enable breathing during sleep.
Click on the purple box above, this will take you to the FAQ on Inspire's site. scroll to the bottom. Under resources you will see the link to the patient guides.
Click the purple box above to read a published article on Upper-Airway Stimulation for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Very formal but educational.
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