This innovative system works with your natural body processes by delivering mild stimulation to a specific nerve, called the “hypoglossal nerve.” This nerve has the function of controlling tongue and muscle motion in the airways of the body. The mild stimulation delivered by the Inspire device to that nerve leads to healthy night breathing.
An Inspire therapy-trained doctor will also evaluate your overall health status and perform a physical examination of your airway to determine if Inspire therapy might be a suitable CPAP alternative for you.
The surgery is minor and is performed on an outpatient basis. The Inspire system is placed beneath the skin of the neck and chest and involves only three very small incisions. As the incisions are small, recovery time is typically very short. It is normal to experience pain and swelling for a few days, which is easily managed with over-the-counter pain medication. In only a few days patients can resume normal activities, and full recovery is expected within one or two weeks, based upon the rate of healing of the individual.
Inspire therapy nerve stimulation is not uncomfortable. Patients report a mild tingling sensation, or a mild contraction of the tongue. The level of stimulation is adjustable and will be customized to suit you and your response to the treatment. The stimulation provided by the system is controlled with a remote and can be turned on and off as needed. The treatment involves simply activating the device before sleep and then turn it off when you awaken.
The first step in determining if your insurance will pay for this treatment is to meet with you and evaluate your condition. If you have tried other treatments without success, your health insurance may pay for some or all the procedure, depending upon your plan. We help our patients get insurance questions answered, and we can work with you to seek approval from your provider for this advanced treatment.
Sleep apnea has been identified as a possible precursor to very serious health conditions, including heart disease, heart attack, stroke, or memory loss. Treating the condition quickly and correctly can go a long way in protecting your health. At South Florida ENT Associates, our team of board-certified ear, nose and throat specialists are happy to discuss this innovative treatment with you in an initial consultation to evaluate your case of sleep apnea.
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South Florida ENT Associates (SFENTA) is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our patients, clinicians, and employees, particularly among the recent concern and outbreak of the COVID-19 virus. We are continuing to respond to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Department of Public Health from each state, which are closely monitoring the outbreak of the COVID-19.
Across our network, SFENTA is implementing safety precautions to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and ensure the health of our patients, employees, and visitors. These preventive measures include:
As a current patient, if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms (i.e., cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat), please call your care center location and ask to speak to a staff member who can guide you with more information and treatment suggestions.
We ask that you DO NOT come into the office for any pre-scheduled appointments if you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
In addition, if you are not experiencing flu-like symptoms, but have traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days, contact a member of our triage staff to determine whether you should come into one of our care centers.
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Please note that the overall immediate health risk from the coronavirus is still considered low. People in areas where ongoing community spread of the virus has been reported are at elevated, though still relatively low, risk of exposure.
However, healthcare workers caring for patients with the COVID-19 and others in close contact with infected persons are at a greater risk of exposure. Travelers returning from affected international locations where community spread is occurring are also at elevated risk of exposure.
The CDC believes the virus may appear between 2-14 days after exposure. There is no vaccine and treatment is supportive. The virus is spread person to person mainly by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This is similar to other respiratory pathogens like influenza.
Together, South Florida ENT Associates will continue monitoring and preparing to meet the current challenge in order to ensure our staff and patients receive the same quality of care they deserve. We are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our patients, clinicians, and employees
The CDC believes the virus symptoms may appear between 2-14 days after exposure. There is no vaccine and treatment is supportive. The virus is spread person to person mainly by respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes. This is similar to other respiratory pathogens like influenza.
For more information, visit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Official Information on COVID-19