Sunday, April 22, 2012

Provent nasal patch and sleep apnea

Last year I wrote about a new device that helps those with mild to moderate sleep apnea, the Provent Nasal Patch. It seems that the device has been getting more popular and more press since it was approved in 2008 by the FDA.

The idea behind the Nasal patch is quite simple. A plug is put in each nostril and there is adhesive to hold them in place. The device is referred to as an EPAP or expiratory positive airway pressure which in essence causes pressure through exhalation this forcing the upper airway to become open. The patches are also disposable. There are been studies that show the device to be highly effective for more information on subsequent studies go to the National Institute of Health’s page on the device and study.

As you can imagine not everyone is suited for this type of device although it might not be as cumbersome as a CPAP mask and probably not as effective.  I don’t know if the insurance companies are covering yet it would probably be best just to check with your health care provider.

The company that makes it refers to it as Proventtherapy, check out their website for further information.

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