Life with Inspire

Congratulations on choosing Inspire to treat your sleep apnea! Inspire Medical Systems is here to answer any questions you have about your Inspire system. If you have any questions that are not answered on this site, we encourage you to chat with an Inspire Advisor.

Inspire Care Video Book

The videos below are from the Inspire Care Video Book and will walk you through everything you need to know about living with Inspire.

Welcome to Inspire

Welcome to Inspire

Rest and Heal

Rest and Heal

Learning Your Sleep Remote

Learning Your Sleep Remote

Tuning your Inspire

Tuning Your Inspire

Life with Inspire

Life with Inspire

MRI Information

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Definition: An MRI is a type of medical imaging that uses magnetic fields to create an internal view of the body.

If you have an Inspire Model 3028, you are eligible for MRI head and extremity scans provided specific guidelines are followed. To find out what type of Inspire Model you have, please contact your doctor or look at your Patient ID card. There is a YELLOW MR TRIANGLE on the back of the Patient ID Card if you have the Inspire Model 3028. If so, you are eligible for MRI head and extremity scans provided specific guidelines are followed.

If the back of your Patient ID Card does not have the YELLOW MR TRIANGLE, you have the Inspire Model 3024 and are not eligible for MRI scans. However, you are eligible to have CT scans, X-Rays and ultrasound images taken anywhere in the body. It is important to note that all Inspire patients are eligible to have CT scans, X-Rays and ultrasound images taken anywhere in the body.

For more information on MRI Guidelines, please click here.

PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR INSPIRE PHYSICIAN FOR MORE INFORMATION

Frequently Asked
Questions

Please watch the video above titled “Learning Your Sleep Remote” for instructions on how to use the Inspire Sleep Remote. If you are still having trouble, please contact your Inspire doctor.

If you feel comfortable, go up one step every few nights by pressing (+). If the new level is uncomfortable, step down one step by pressing (-). Once you find a step that gives you comfortable, restful sleep, stay there. You do not need to step up to the top level if you do not feel comfortable doing so. Most patients go up at least 5 steps in the first four to six weeks.

The fine-tune sleep study is done when you and your doctor decide you are ready. Typically, this is a few months after Inspire is turned on.

To get a printout of your compliance to Inspire, schedule an appointment with your Inspire doctor. Be sure to bring your Inspire Sleep Remote, as it records your nightly usage of the device. Your doctor will download the data and provide you with a printout that shows your compliance.

Please tell your dentist that you have an implantable device. All precautions taken with other implantable devices such as pacemakers should be taken and your dentist should keep all electrical devices such as the dental drill as far from your implant as possible. Do not continue the procedure if you feel stimulation.

If you have misplaced your remote, contact your Inspire doctor’s office right away. The cost for a replacement remote is typically $300, but may vary.

Mammograms are fine to have with Inspire. You should inform the technician that you have an implantable device and show them where the implantable components are located.

If you lost or did not receive your Inspire identification card, please contact your Inspire doctor’s office or email [email protected]

All Inspire patients can undergo most imaging technologies across the entire body including CT, ultrasound, and X-ray scans. Depending on the model of your Inspire system, you may be able to undergo MRI on the head and extremities, provided certain conditions and precautions are followed.

Please check your Inspire Patient ID Card to determine if you are able to get an MRI under specific conditions. If there is a yellow MR triangle on the back of your Patient ID Card, you have the Inspire Model 3028 and are eligible for MRI head and extremity scans provided specific guidelines are followed. If the back of your Patient ID Card does not have the yellow MR triangle, you have the Inspire Generator Model 3024 and are not eligible for MRI scans.

The stimulation from Inspire therapy may feel less strong as time goes on. This is completely normal and is a part of the acclimatization process. Remember, you can always verify if stimulation is on by checking your Inspire Sleep Remote. If you have concerns, contact your Inspire doctor’s office.

If you need a pacemaker or another type of implantable medical device, please have your doctor contact your Inspire doctor prior to surgery. They will discuss how to intraoperatively test the two devices to ensure they do not interact.

If your remote is not working, first try replacing the batteries. If that does not help, call your Inspire doctor to set up a troubleshooting appointment or call Inspire Therapy Support at 844-672-4357, Option 3.

If you have an Inspire Model 3032 Sleep Remote, the lower half of the front side of the remote is removed. A new 9V battery will need to be put in. If you have an Inspire Model 2500 Sleep Remote, the lower half of the back side of the remote is removed. Two AAA batteries will need to be put in. Refer to your Inspire Sleep Remote manual for more information.

Tell the TSA agent that you have an implanted device and show them your medical device identification card. It is fine to go through the millimeter wave detection scanner and to walk through the metal detector, but walk directly through without lingering. Consult your Inspire physician or Inspire manual for more information.