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Wheeling Hospital Sleep Center Evaluating Patients for Inspire

September 24, 2020

WHEELING — Wheeling Hospital’s Center for Sleep Medicine, led by Sleep Medicine specialists Dr. Edmond Roberts and Dr. Jasmine Roberts, is now performing diagnostic evaluations for patients who may be candidates for Inspire.

Inspire is the latest treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea patients who are unable to use or get benefit from CPAP.

OSA affects 18 million Americans. When left untreated, OSA can cause vehicle and workplace accidents, worsening mood and memory, stroke, heart attack and even death. It occurs when the airway collapses during sleep and blocks the flow of oxygen to the brain. The brain senses a lack of oxygen and wakes the body up just long enough to take a breath, then falls back asleep. This cycle repeats throughout the night and causes poor, disruptive sleep.

Inspire therapy works inside the body with a patient’s natural breathing process to treat sleep apnea. Mild stimulation keeps the airway open during sleep, allowing oxygen to flow naturally.

The system consists of a stimulation lead and a breathing sensor, powered by a small battery. The system is placed under the skin of the neck and chest through three small incisions during an outpatient procedure. The patient uses a small handheld remote to turn Inspire on before bed and off when they wake up. Eliminated is the need for a mask or hose.

The outpatient procedure is performed locally by ENT specialists Dr. Christopher Tiu and Dr. Jeremy Tiu.

To determine if a patient is a candidate for Inspire, an evaluation in a sleep lab is necessary. That testing is available in Wheeling Hospital’s nationally accredited Sleep Laboratory. Results of the testing are then evaluated by Drs. Edmond and Jasmine Roberts of the Center for Sleep Medicine.

Both Dr. Edmond Roberts and Dr. Jasmine Roberts are graduates of St. Matthews University School of Medicine, Grand Cayman Island. Dr. Edmond Roberts performed his residency in the Wheeling Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, where he was Chief Resident, and a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Louisiana State University. Dr. Jasmine Roberts performed her residency at the University of Louisville/Glasgow Family Medicine Residency Program, and a fellowship in Sleep Medicine at the University of Buffalo. She previously practiced as a Family Medicine physician in North Carolina

They are both certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. They also are board certified in Sleep Medicine.

Wheeling Hospital’s Sleep Lab is located in the Cardiac-Neurovascular Center, just off Tower 4. The Center for Sleep Medicine is in the plaza on East Bethlehem Boulevard, Wheeling. For more information, call 304-243-3720.

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