We are excited to introduce a new therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA), PROVENT. PROVENT uses Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) to help control all severeties of OSA.
We must stress that CPAP is still considered the Gold Standard for OSA therapy. However PROVENT may be used as an alternative for when one goes travelling or if one is not compliant to CPAP therapy.
WHAT IS IT?
PROVENT is a band aid like device that make a seal over the nostrils.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The diagram on the right illustrates that on inspiration, airflow is not restricted however on expiration a valve closes over restricting airflow creating an Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure until the next inspiration.
IS IT EFFECTIVE?
You will not know if PROVENT will work for you until you have tried it. There have been quite a few papers released suggesting that it is quite an effective way to treat OSA.
HOW DO I TRY IT?
PROVENT trial packs come in packets of thirty. The trial pack is designed to ease you into using the therapy so that after a week you are ready to use PROVENT to its full benefit.
If you want to use PROVENT ongoingly you may be required to have a sleep study while wearing PROVENT to assess its effectiveness. Once the results are back in you will know whether PROVENT can work for you!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
PROVENT will cost $3.70 a night.
Mandibular Advancement Splint
Based on over 40 years of published scientific studies oral appliances are now regarded by sleep physicians as the best available treatment for snoring, and along with CPAP one of the two main treatments for sleep apnea. The appliances are made from thin yet high strength laminates and acrylic, go over the tops of the teeth and are worn during sleep. Oral appliances have been proven to be effective, safe and comfortable.
Types of oral appliances
Custom made oral appliances
The most effective, comfortable types of appliances are those made from impressions and models of the patient’s own teeth. These customised appliances ensure a perfect fit and can be made very thin and of minimal dimensions yet are still strong enough to last for many years.
How effective is an oral appliance?
There are now studies demonstrating that appliances are over 95% effective in overcoming snoring with similar results for treating mild to moderate sleep apnea
Is the oral appliance an alternative to CPAP?
While CPAP is regarded as gold standard treatment for severe sleep apnea, based on many scientific studies, oral appliances are now regarded by sleep specialists as a viable alternative to CPAP. Many other people with severe sleep apnea might continue to use their CPAP and use an oral appliance when travelling or times where there is no access to power.
Our preferred provider for oral appliances is SleepWise Clinic
The dentists at SleepWise Clinic, Dr Harry Ball, Dr Aniko Ball, and Dr Russell Emery are amongst the most experienced practitioners in Australia and utilise the latest range of new generation oral appliances that have been scientifically proven to be effective and comfortable. They work exclusively in this field and do not practice general dentistry.