Provent Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
Provent Therapy is a simple, non-invasive treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The Provent Nasal Device uses a valve design that attaches over the nostrils and is secured in place with hypoallergenic adhesive. The valve opens and closes, redirecting air through small holes to create resistance when breathing out. Because Provent Therapy is a small, single use, disposable device, it's also discreet and very convenient.
Provent Therapy utilizes a proprietary MicroValve technology developed by Theravent, Inc. The device attaches over the nostrils with a hypoallergenic adhesive. During inhalation, the valve opens, allowing the user to breathe in freely. When exhaling, the valve closes and air passing through the nose is directed through two small air channels. This increases the pressure in the airway (called EPAP or expiratory positive airway pressure), maintains pressure and helps to keep the airway open until the start of the next inhalation.
The Provent Therapy device attaches over the nostrils. During inhalation, the valve opens, allowing the user to breathe in freely. When exhaling, the valve closes and air passing through the nose is directed through two small air channels. This increases the pressure in the airway and helps to keep it open.
Provent therapy is cleared by the US FDA for the treatment of OSA.
Provent Therapy may not be appropriate for everyone. If you have been diagnosed with OSA and are considering Provent Therapy, you should speak to your physician to evaluate your individual medical needs.
Clinical studies have shown that 83% of patients experienced a snoring reduction with Provent Therapy1. Among OSA patients that snore, Provent Therapy virtually eliminated snoring in 58% of patients2.
There is no cure for obstructive sleep apnea. Untreated OSA has a number of potential serious side effects. These include excessive daytime sleepiness, increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, depression, increased risk or worsening of heart failure, and increased likelihood of driving or work-related accidents.
Constant Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) increases the pressure on both inhalation and exhalation., Provent Therapy increases the pressure on exhalation only. CPAP increases pressure in the airway using forced air, while Provent Therapy uses the patient's own breathing to create pressure during exhalation.
If you are not using your CPAP machine all night, every night then ask your physician about non-CPAP alternatives including Provent Therapy. Only you and your physician can decide what therapy is best for you.
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Because of its small, simple design, traveling is easy with Provent Therapy. Each night's set is individually pouched. There is no need for electricity or equipment, and the device is discarded after single-use.
Provent Therapy cannot be used together with a CPAP machine, but some users find that it's more convenient to use Provent when traveling and CPAP when at home.
Theravent Inc. is the maker of Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy and is focused on positively changing the lives of people with sleep-disordered breathing.
Yes, Provent Therapy is a prescription-only product. Ask your physician if it's right for you.
If you are interested in speaking to your doctor about Provent Therapy, click here to download a document to bring to your doctor.
No, the safety and effectiveness of Provent Therapy in children under the age of 18 has not been established.
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After you apply the Provent Device, you should notice the resistance created as you try to exhale. Generally, users get used to this feeling after wearing for several nights. For tips on how to breathe and how you will feel, click here.
Provent Therapy does not work for everyone. In recent clinical studies, 72% of obstructive sleep apnea sufferers were successfully treated by Provent Therapy. Contact your physician to see if Provent is right for you.
Yes, Provent Therapy can be used safely. In recent clinical studies, no severe, device-related adverse events were reported. Click here for a complete list of warnings, precautions and contraindications.
As Provent Therapy is relatively new, it may not be covered by all insurance plans or prescription programs. In many cases, tax-free, flexible spending accounts may be used to cover the cost of Provent Therapy.
1 Colrain IM, Brooks S, Black J. A pilot evaluation of a nasal expiratory resistance device for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine2008;4(5):426-433
2 Data on file