New Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea Debuts at Pascagoula Hospital

(Left to right: Logan Dempsey, Inspire Therapy; Dr. Rasmussen, Singing River Otolaryngologist/ENT; Dr. Kinberg, Singing River Otolaryngologist/ENT; Dr. Haffey, Singing River Otolaryngologist/ENT; Ashley Thomas, Inspire Therapy; Anna Covington, Singing River Nurse Practitioner)

Singing River Pascagoula Hospital Achieves Milestone with Successful First Patient Case of Inspire® Therapy

Singing River ENT and Sleep Medicine are now offering Inspire Therapy, a breakthrough treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA.) The innovative therapy caters to individuals unable to utilize Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), providing a lifeline for those suffering from OSA. Dr. Erik Rasmussen, Otolaryngologist/ENT at Singing River, has achieved a significant milestone in sleep therapy by successfully performing the first-ever Inspire procedure at Singing River Pascagoula Hospital.

About Obstructive Sleep Apnea

OSA affects 22 million Americans and poses serious risks, including accidents, mood and memory deterioration, stroke, heart attack, and even death when left untreated. This disruptive cycle of interrupted breathing during sleep results from the collapse of the airway, limiting oxygen flow to the brain.

Singing River Pascagoula Hospital’s Achievement

Dr. Rasmussen expressed enthusiasm about the first Inspire case at Singing River Pascagoula, stating, “This achievement signifies a remarkable step forward in treating sleep apnea. Inspire is clinically proven to reduce sleep apnea events, and has a high level of patient satisfaction and a high therapy adherence. We are excited to offer this promising therapy to sleep apnea patients who struggle with CPAP.”

Singing River ENT and Sleep Medicine remain committed to advancing patient care and are now at the forefront of providing this innovative solution for sleep disorders. The successful completion of the first Inspire procedure at Singing River Pascagoula Hospital underscores the commitment to introducing cutting-edge therapies and enhancing the well-being of individuals affected by sleep apnea.

About Inspire® Therapy

Inspire is not for everyone. It is a surgically implanted system that is intended to treat obstructive sleep apnea in patients who are not effectively treated by or able to tolerate CPAP. Talk to your doctor about the risks, benefits, and expectations associated with Inspire. Risks associated with the surgical implant procedure may include infection and temporary tongue weakness.

In rare cases, tongue paresis and atrophy may occur. Some patients may require post-implant adjustments to the system’s settings in order to improve effectiveness and ease any initial discomfort they may experience. Important safety information and product manuals can be found at or call 1-844-OSA-HELP.

Interested in Inspire for Your Sleep Apnea?

If you have sleep apnea, your BMI is 35 or under, and you aren’t able to tolerate your CPAP, Inspire may be a treatment option for you. In order to qualify, you’ll first need to be evaluated by one of Singing River’s sleep providers.

Request that your primary care provider send a referral to Singing River Pulmonary & Sleep Services:

  (228) 872-1951
(228) 875-9998

Don’t have a primary care provider? It’s easy to establish yourself as a patient with a PCP at Singing River Medical Clinics across the Gulf Coast. See clinic hours, locations, and make an appointment.