FAQs and Tips

 iNAP is a new nonsurgical device for use at home for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in adults. The system uses a soft, flexible mouthpiece, thin tubing, and a quiet battery-powered console to deliver a light, oral vacuum to comfortably open your airway while you breathe normally through your nose during sleep.

You may be a candidate for iNAP if you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. Speak with a sleep physician to learn if the treatment is appropriate for you.  In clinical studies, INAP was proven effective in patients with mild, moderate, and severe obstructive sleep apnea (AHI between 5 and 55). iNAP doesn’t work for everyone, so we recommend discussing iNAP as a therapy option with your physician. 

We offer two options

1) Purchase. Includes a 90-day trial, allowing you to return the product if iNAP is not suitable, and receive a refund, less a $250 shipping/restocking fee, and

2) Membership. You may return the device anytime and stop paying the monthly membership fee after the 3rd month.

NOTE: To successfully use iNAP, you must be able to breathe through your nose while sleeping.

Yes, iNAP is available by prescription only. We can help connect you with a board-certified sleep physician who is familiar with iNAP, and you can schedule a telehealth appointment with them from our website. The doctor you choose will have a video consultation with you to determine if you are a candidate. If so, we will receive a prescription from them and contact you to begin shipping iNAP to you.

Yes, iNAP is available by prescription only. We can help connect you with a board-certified sleep physician who is familiar with iNAP, and you can schedule a telehealth appointment with them from our website. The doctor you choose will have a video consultation with you to determine if you are a candidate. If so, we will receive a prescription from them and contact you to begin shipping iNAP to you.

CPAP uses positive pressure that blows air out of the device into a tube that connects to a mask that seals over the nose or over both the nose and mouth. This positive pressure creates a pneumatic splint to keep the airway open during sleep. Frequent patient complaints include unable to tolerate the mask, unable to tolerate the pressure, too complicated to operate, difficult to clean, and noise and air leakage can bother the bed partner.

Unlike CPAP machines, iNAP technology uses negative pressure to move and stabilize the tongue and soft tissues, removing blockage from the airway. The user wears a simple and comfortable oral interface. The console, which is the size of a smartphone is discreet and comes with a built-in rechargeable battery, making it perfect for travel. iNAP is quiet, easy to use, maintain and keep clean, and discreet with no concerns that could bother the bed partner

Not yet. We will soon work with private and federal insurance companies to establish coverage for the product. Currently, patients pay out-of-pocket for this therapy.  The good news is that iNAP is eligible for coverage under HSA/FSA employer plans.

iNAP is designed as an alternative to CPAP with the goal of enhancing the patient’s sleep experience. We anticipate high (80%) or higher compliance rates by providing a comfortable and patient-focused treatment experience. Compact, easy to clean, and highly portable, iNAP is an OSA treatment option for those who cannot tolerate the CPAP or APAP.

It depends on the user’s session habits and seal % time. On average, the iNAP One Sleep Therapy System’s recharged battery can last up to 6 days when used 7-8 hours per night.

Oral Interface and Tubing set: Replace every 3 months

Dry pad: Replace daily 

Saliva container: Replace every 6 months

If you can breathe through your nose with your closed mouth, you might benefit from iNAP. Some mouth breathers may take longer to adjust to nasal breathing. If you have congestion from colds or allergies, using a nasal spray to relieve nasal congestion could help the blockage

Yes, The oral interface provides a lip shield to help you maintain oral pressure when using iNAP.  You need to have front teeth in order to keep the oral interface in place

iNAP and all accompanying supplies are available by prescription, either through a direct purchase or through our membership program. The iNAP Club enables more patients to try the device on their terms. If they are not feeling the benefits of the therapy, they may return it to us with no strings attached.

Numerous iNAP efficacy studies have been published in peer-reviewed manuscripts and abstracts around the world and in the US. Clinical study references are available online at somnics.com/clinical.

When your oral interface is in the right position and the console is turned on, it takes about 10-15 seconds to reach negative pressure in your oral cavity. This sensation pulls the tongue toward the upper palate and the soft palate forward. Here are some tips you can use to reach effective negative pressure. With the oral interface in place:

  • As if using a straw, draw in the stamen, the part of the interface that extends farthest in your mouth to initiate the vacuum.

  • Bring your tongue to the upper palate and forwarded position, behind your top front teeth.

  • ​Check if there are any poor connections between the tubing, the console, or container for leakage

  • Mouth-breathing may be caused by nasal congestion. Use a decongestant as needed.

  • You may need a different oral interface size in order to provide a tighter seal. Speak to your doctor.

  • Use a chin strap to prevent your mouth from falling open.

  • Bring the tubing to either side of your shoulders and measure the maximum length that you turn during sleep, bringing the console closer to you​

  • Affix the tubing with a clip to the bedding or pajamas to eliminate drag that could cause the oral interface to shift in the mouth.

  • Use a chin strap at the beginning of iNAP treatment if needed

  • You may need a different oral interface size. Speak to your doctor.

  • Like anything new to your nighttime routine, it’s recommended that you acclimate while using iNAP before bedtime. Practice breathing through your nose with the device for an hour before sleep or while watching television, reading, or performing other activities. This can help you become more familiar and comfortable with a new treatment.​

  • If you still have difficulty acclimating, speak to your doctor about alternative solutions.

  • After every use, rinse and gently rub the oral interface with cold water until there’s no slippery feeling.

  • Let cold water flow through the tubing set until you don’t see any saliva bubbles, but only clear water.

  • We recommend using a dental appliance cleaning tablet, like Retainer Brite® to clean the oral interface weekly.

  • Speak to your doctor.  It may take longer to acclimate to the oral interface or negative pressure.​

  • Some patients need stronger negative pressure to stabilize the soft tissue. Check with your doctor and also know that poor sleep quality may have multiple causes not due to the collapse of the airway.

  • You are encouraged to download on your mobile phone our iNAP Lab+ App and pair it with your iNAP One ® device. The mobile app, iNAP Lab+ collects your information from the iNAP console to help you evaluate your usage and treatment data after using iNAP. The iNAP console provides the treatment hour and sealing time.

  • Using wearable devices (like FitBit) provides oxygen desaturation, heart rate, and sleep stages and can be worn while using iNAP to provide you with more information about your sleep.

Here are a few steps you can try to solve the problem:

  • Make sure you have the latest version of the App (it changes from time to time, just set your phone that it always gets the latest version automatically).

  • Turn off and then on again your phone. Make sure bluetooth is on.

  • Reset iNAP by first turning it off. Push the button for about 15 sec as iNAP goes into a full on and off cycle. Release button when the lights are off.

  • Make sure that the iNAP device is “on” with the blue light flashing when trying to pair with your phone

  • on the iNAP Lab+ app, when adding the device first try “Scan QR code”  and point your phone camera to the QR code on the bottom part of iNAP (the console). If it doesn’t pair, try by clicking on “Search for Device”.

  • You can find more information here

The iNAP One is comprised of the console, saliva container, oral interface, tubing, and drypads.

Console

Saliva Container

Oral Interface

Tubing

DryPad