Provent Therapy FAQ

1. What is Provent Therapy?

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. Return to Top

2. What is EPAP?

Provent Therapy utilizes a proprietary MicroValve technology developed by Ventus Medical. 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. Return to Top

3. How does Provent Therapy work?

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. Return to Top

4. Is Provent Therapy FDA-cleared?

Provent therapy is cleared by the US FDA for the treatment of OSA. Return to Top

5. Is Provent Therapy right for me?

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. Return to Top

6. Does Provent Therapy stop snoring?

Clinical studies have shown that 83% of patients experienced a snoring reduction with Provent Therapy. Among OSA patients that snore, Provent Therapy virtually eliminated snoring in 58% of patients. Return to Top

7. Why is it important to treat obstructive sleep apnea?

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. Return to Top

8. How is Provent Therapy different from CPAP therapy?

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. Return to Top

9. Can Provent Therapy replace my CPAP machine?

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. Return to Top

10. Can I travel with Provent Therapy?

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. Return to Top

11. Can I use this device with my CPAP?

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. Return to Top

12. Who makes Provent Therapy?

Ventus Medical is the maker of Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy and is focused on positively changing the lives of people with sleep-disordered breathing. Return to Top

13. Do I need a prescription for Provent Therapy?

Yes, Provent Therapy is a prescription-only product. Ask your physician if it's right for you. Return to Top

14. How do I talk to my doctor about Provent Therapy?

If you are interested in speaking to your doctor about Provent Therapy, click here to download a document to bring to your doctorReturn to Top

15. Can Provent Therapy be used in children?

No, the safety and effectiveness of Provent Therapy in children under the age of 18 has not been established. Return to Top


16. What can I expect from my initial experience with Provent Therapy?

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.  Return to Top

17. Will Provent Therapy work for me?

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. Return to Top

18. Is Provent Therapy safe?

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. Return to Top

19. Is Provent Therapy covered by my insurance?

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. Return to Top

20. Is Provent Therapy available outside of the United States?

At this time, Provent Therapy is only available in the United States, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. Return to Top


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