For the past 25 years, the primary treatment for people with obstructive sleep apnea has been the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine, an air pump device that continuously blows air into a hose connected to a sleeper’s face or nasal mask.
Although effective, some people find the mask and equipment cumbersome and have difficulty falling asleep; because of that, many use it less often than they should or stop the treatment altogether.
A new therapy, Provent, now provides an easy-to-use alternative that reduces the need for all that gear. With Provent, users wear a small microvalve device that attaches over the nostrils. The valve opens and closes, redirecting air through small holes without the need for an air pump. It is a single-use, disposable device designed for comfort, convenience and portability.
Although FDA approved for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, it is available only in limited areas in the United States at this time. Treatment with the device requires an evaluation and prescription from an approved sleep medicine specialist.
Glenn Adams,MD, medical director of Sarasota Memorial’s Sleep Disorders Centers, is approved to evaluate patients for Provent and provide a prescription for those who meet the criteria. For information or an appointment, please call (941) 917-8772.
Click here to review a case study Dr. Adams presented about Provent at the American Academy of Sleep Medicine’s national meeting June 14, 2011.