CONWAY, Ark. – Baptist Health-Conway is the first hospital in the state to offer an innovative technology for patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) that removes the burdens of a sleep mask or hose.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea affects 22 million Americans, and occurs when soft tissues in the airway collapse during sleep and block the flow of oxygen to the brain. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is the most commonly used treatment for OSA, however, studies show 50 percent of people who are given a CPAP machine don’t use it.
That’s where Inspire upper airway stimulation comes in, providing an easy-to-use device placed under the skin in an outpatient procedure. Inspire works inside the body with a patient’s natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea by delivering mild stimulation to key airway muscles.
A patient uses a small handheld remote to turn the Inspire device on before bed and off when they wake up.
The Inspire sleep apnea device is for potential OSA patients who:
- Have been diagnosed with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, specifically an Apnea-Hypopnea Index between 15 and 65
- Are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP
- Are not significantly overweight (BMI equal to or less than 32)
- Are over the age of 22
According to studies, patients who used Inspire had a 79 percent reduction in sleep apnea events, and 90 percent of bed partners reported soft or no snoring.
Learn more about the services that Baptist Health-Conway provides to Faulkner County and surrounding communities by visiting baptist-health.com, calling Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or by downloading the myBaptistHealth app for iOS and Android devices.
Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 200 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community and over 100 primary and specialty care clinics in Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. The system additionally offers a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. Baptist Health, as the largest not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, provides care to patients wherever they are through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit baptist-health.com, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.