People diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea who could not adjust to CPAP therapy now have another option. Provent is approved for the treatment of OSA. The Provent MicroValve is placed over each nostril to create airway pressure preventing airway collapse. The one-use device is discarded in the morning. For people new to Provent, the manufacturer recommends the Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy 30 Day Starter Kit with graduated levels to assist in the adjustment period. Manufactured by Provent Sleep Therapy, LLC.
|Bulky face mask attached to a machine||Small, lightweight, disposable and convenient|
|Can Interfere with bed partner's sleep||Does not distrub bed partner's sleep|
|May not work in the event of electrical outage||Is not affected by electrical outage|
|Difficult to travel with||30-day supply easilt fits in a purse or pocket|
|Forced air may dry out nose and mouth||Can breathe normally using ambient air|
|May limit movement while asleep||Can move freely while sleeping|
It is an FDA cleared treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Provent works with the user’s own breathing to treat OSA. It is very small and compact and easy to use. Provent is powered by the exhalation process.
A prescription is required to purchase Provent. To decide if Provent may be an option to treat OSA, discuss it with a physician. Provent provides this guide for Healthcare Providers.
The nasal EPAP device significantly reduced the AHI and improved subjective daytime sleepiness compared to the same treatment in patients with mild to severe OSA with excellent adherence.
Conclusion from Randomized trial of novel EPAP device for Treatment of OSA. Berry, Kryger, et al
The unique MicroValve of Provent is placed just inside each nostril, using the cone to guide placement. Provent secured in place using hypoallergenic adhesive, similar to a band aid, which was developed with Johnson & Johnson. As the user exhales, the air is channeled through small openings in the MicroValve creating pressure keeping the airway open. This is much like the pressure delivered by a CPAP machine. As the user inhales the valve opens to allow airflow into the body. Provent increases pressure only during exhalation unlike CPAP which increases airflow during both inhalation and exhalation.