Clinical Data Proves Effectiveness of Sleep Apnea Treatment


Most people have heard of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  It’s a sleeping disorder that most often is accompanied by loud and frequent snoring, and the sleeper can occasionally stop breathing for short periods of time due to airway obstruction or collapse.  There are several treatments on the market today that have been shown to be affective for some people, depending on the severity of their condition, but the problem is in compliance with the treatment.

The long-time standard treatment for OSA has been the continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine.  A mask is worn over the nose and mouth, and air is pushed into the airways to keep them open.  The treatment is highly effective – if the OSA sufferer actually uses it.

There have been studies done on a new product developed by Ventus Medical called ProVent.  It is an easy-to-use, disposable device that is available by prescription.  ProVent uses nasal expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) to keep the sleeper’s airways open at night.  The latest study on the device showed that patients using the product showed a 70 percent reduction in the median apnea hypopnea index (AHI) over a 12 month period of treatment.  (The AHI is the number of times a person stops breathing per hour during sleep.)

The amazing fact about the study is that it showed that patients were more compliant with the treatment, since it is non-invasive and does not require a mask and hose.  Patients reported using the device on 90 percent of their nights, which is a much higher compliance rate than for the CPAP machine, which resulted in a 74 percent reduction in snoring.  In addition, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale results were reduced by five points, showing that the study participants are getting the oxygen and proper sleep that they need.

If you have tried this treatment to stop snoring, or you have found other treatments that have been effective for you, please share them with is here.