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Laurence O’Halloran MD
Timothy Egan MD
Heinz Scheidemandel MD
Antonio Cachay MD
Sarah Blank MD

New treatment Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Dr Egan will be one the of first doctors in Northern Virginia to implant the new Inspire device.  inspire

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA)

OSA is a condition where patients repetitively stop breathing during the night. The muscles of the throat relax when we fall asleep and in some patients this can lead to collapse of the upper airway which prevents airflow.

What is Inspire?

The Inspire device is an implanted stimulator used to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The device continually monitors your breathing throughout the night and provides a gentle stimulation to the muscles of the upper airway. The muscle stimulation prevents the throat from collapsing.  The device is implanted so there a no visible or removable parts. It is controlled by a small remote control. Simply turn on the device at night and turn it off in the morning.

Is Inspire Right for you?

CPAP remains the first line treatment for OSA.  If you are unable to tolerate CPAP schedule an appointment to see if inspire is right for you.


Proven Results.

Before receiving FDA approval the inspire devices underwent rigorous testing to make sure that it is both safe and effective.  A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that patients treated with the Inspire had:

  • 68% reduction in episodes of sleep apnea.
  • Significant improvement in quality of life and daytime functioning.
  • 85% of bed partners reported no or improved snoring.

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