No Mask. No Hose. Just Sleep

No mask. No hose. Just sleep.

Inspire is the only FDA approved obstructive sleep apnea treatment that works inside your body to treat the root cause of sleep apnea with just the click of a button.
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How it Works

Inspire works inside your body while you sleep. It’s a small device placed during a same-day, outpatient procedure. When you’re ready for bed, simply click the remote to turn Inspire on. While you sleep, Inspire opens your airway, allowing you to breathe normally and sleep peacefully.

You May Be A Candidate for Inspire If:

  • ZYou have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.
  • ZYou are unable to use or get consistent benefit from CPAP.
  • ZYou are not significantly obese.
  • ZYou are over the age of 22.
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Why Choose Inspire

Here are some reasons people like you have chosen Inspire to treat their sleep apnea.

Alternative to CPAP

Alternative to CPAP

Inspire treats the root cause of sleep apnea by applying gentle stimulation to key airway muscles during sleep, allowing you to breathe normally, and more importantly, sleep without a mask, hose, or machine.
Proven to Procedure

Proven Procedure

Inspire is placed under the skin of the neck and chest during a short, outpatient procedure. After healing, Inspire is turned on and you’ll be ready to get the sleep you’ve been dreaming of.


Here are some reasons people like you have chosen Inspire to treat their sleep apnea.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Inspire work?
Inspire works inside your body with your natural breathing process to treat obstructive sleep apnea. While you sleep, Inspire delivers mild stimulation to key airway muscles, allowing the airway to remain open. The Inspire system is controlled by a small handheld sleep remote. Simply turn Inspire on before bed and off in the morning when you wake up.
Am I a good candidate for Inspire?
Inspire therapy is for people who meet the following requirements:
• Diagnosed with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (AHI 15-65)
• Cannot use or get consistent benefit from CPAP
• Not significantly obese
• 18 years of age or older
Is Inspire covered by insurance?
Inspire is reimbursed by most major insurance providers, either as a covered policy or approved on an individual basis. Your doctor and the insurance team at Inspire will work with you for approval.
Is Inspire covered by Medicare?
Medicare is reimbursing the cost of Inspire therapy based on medical necessity across the United States.
What does the stimulation feel like?
Inspire sends mild stimulation to the motor nerve that controls your tongue, moving it out of the way. The stimulation is very gentle and designed to move the tongue forward without disturbing your sleep. It should not be painful or uncomfortable.
How long will the battery in Inspire last?
The battery in Inspire is designed to last for approximately 11 years. Once it is running low, it is replaced during a simple outpatient procedure.
How long is the recovery time after surgery?
Recovery time after surgery will vary. You can expect some pain and swelling at the small incision sites for a few days after the procedure. Most patients return home the same day and take over-the- counter pain medication if needed.
You can resume normal, non-strenuous activities within a few days or as directed by your doctor. Most patients have a full recovery within a couple of weeks.
Am I still a candidate for Inspire if I have a pacemaker or other implanted device?
A doctor will need to test your current device with Inspire to determine if the two interact. If they do not interact, you may be a candidate.
Does the VA offer Inspire?
Inspire therapy is on the Federal Supply Schedule, making it available for veterans at select VA and military hospitals across the United States.
How much will I have to pay out of pocket?
Every insurance plan is different. Typically, you can expect to pay the cost of any unmet deductible for the year, along with any required copay or coinsurance fee for a surgery.
Do I need to get approval from my insurance company before my first visit?
No, you do not need approval from your insurance company before your first visit.
Is Inspire DOT approved?
Like CPAP, an Inspire doctor can print out a usage record of Inspire to show the medical examiner that you are using your prescribed sleep apnea treatment. By proving compliance, there should be no issues renewing your commercial driver’s license.
Will Inspire help with snoring?
A significant decrease in snoring has been found as a secondary effect of Inspire. 90% of bed partners report no or soft snoring by their partner.
Will the Inspire system limit my activities?
Inspire should not limit normal daily activities once you are fully healed. You should ask your Inspire trained doctor about any activities that are particularly strenuous, like weight lifting, or those that entail a large or unpredictable range of motion in your upper body and/or arms, such as working as a firefighter.
How often should my doctor check the Inspire system?
Generally, the Inspire system should be checked 1 to 2 times a year.
What types of medical imaging are compatible with Inspire system?
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, neck and extremities, provided certain conditions and precautions are followed. If you are a current Inspire patient, please visit the “For Inspire Patients” section of the website to learn if your device allows MRI Conditional scans.

Most US Insurance
Covers Inspire

  • ZBroad commercial coverage
  • ZMedicare coverage across the US
  • ZMany VA and military hospitals

Learn More at

  • Z Schedule a one-on-one conversation with a patient ambassador
  • ZRead about life with Inspire

Physician Referrals

Tranquility Sleep Specialists can provide your patients with expert care for all their sleep problems. Dr. Dewey McWhirter is board certified in Sleep Medicine. He sees patients as young as three years.

Welcome to Tranquility Sleep Specialists

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7557 Dannaher Way Suite 240
Powell, TN 37849


10800 Parkside Drive, Suite 202
Knoxville, TN 37934

Dewey McWhirter, MD

Sleep Medicine has been Dr. McWhirter's passion for decades. He became interested in sleep medicine while dealing with his own sleep problems in high school and college. He earned degrees in English, Biochemistry, and Chemistry from Bowdoin College and the College of Charleston. He focused on sleep medicine in medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and during his residency in Neurology at Emory University. During a Sleep Medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, he trained under some of the world's leading experts in the field of sleep medicine. Dr. McWhirter is board certified in Sleep Medicine. He has been treating patients with sleep disorders in east Tennessee since 2007. He is interested in all areas of sleep medicine but he has a special interest in narcolepsy and delayed sleep phase syndrome. Dr. Dewey McWhirter is board certified in neurology & sleep medicine by the American Board of Psychology and Neurology.

Valerie Inman, MSN FNP-C

Valerie was born and raised in Knoxville, TN. She completed her bachelor's degree in May of 2015 at The University of TN and received her master's degree of nursing with FNP concentration in May of 2023 at Lincoln Memorial University.

Prior to joining TSS, Valerie served in the United States Navy as a Registered Nurse. Her vast experience in many specialties areas has enabled her to quickly learn and implement diagnosing and treating sleep disorders.

Valerie is an avid TN Football fan and is a VOL for life!  She has two dogs, Rocky and Titan and a cat, Gizmo.  She enjoys hiking with her family and reading.  She is happily married and has one son and a daughter on the way.

We are proud and excited to have her on the team!


Jenna Peters, MPA, FNP-C

Jenna Peters, FNP-C, is a dedicated advocate for advancing patient well-being, bringing a wealth of expertise to the healthcare field. Holding a Master of Public Administration from Barry University and a Master of Science in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner-Certified (FNP-C) from Walden University, Jenna's commitment to excellence is reflected in her graduation with honors.

Jenna is committed to providing individualized patient care to with compassion and understanding. Her proficiency extends to seamless knowledge in family medicine as she takes an integrated approach to sleep medicine. With a focus on high-quality patient care, Jenna is a highly skilled provider of Tranquility Sleep Specialists eager to serve all patients.

As a proud member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Jenna stands at the forefront of nursing leadership and patient centered care.

We are thrilled to have Jenna join our team!

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