A DIFFERENT WAY TO TREAT SLEEP APNEA
One of our members shared with us an article that was in the Cleveland
Plain Dealer on February 28, 2012 (p.E1). It is titled "Sound
Asleep Without a Sound". It's about a treatment for Sleep Apnea
called Provent that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in
2008. Provent looks like two little circular Band-Aids, adhesive
patches that have a clear plastic valve in the center of each. You
place one of the patches over each nostril before you go to bed. The
valves open when you inhale and partially close when you exhale. That
builds up pressure in the airway, which opens the back of the throat so
that air can go through. (It only works if your mouth is closed.)
Provent is recommended only for people with mild or moderate apnea who
have been unable to adapt to a CPAP machine.
I asked one of our sleep specialists about it and he said that tests by
someone other than the manufacturer are still needed. Still, he's
tried it successfully on some patients after they've been in the
sleep lab. They try using it for a week and then come back to the lab
to be tested using it.
It's expensive--$4 per night-- because the patches can only be used
once. More and more insurers are covering it.
If you try it, let us know how it goes!
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