Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a serious medical condition characterized by pauses in breathing, or shallow breaths, during sleep.
Untreated OSA can have a negative impact on quality of life including decreased energy levels, lack of motivation, depression, and daytime sleepiness. It may even lead to additional health problems like high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.
Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy is an FDA approved product, prescribed by your doctor, for the treatment of OSA.
Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy uses your own breathing to create nasal Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) when your breath out, which helps to keep your airway open while your sleep. In clinical studies Provent was shown to effectively treat mild and moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy uses the power of your own breathing to create nasal Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) when you breathe out, which helps to keep your airway open while you sleep. It’s that simple. Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure is something you can feel and may seem awkward at first; don’t worry, your body will adjust.
KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT
Provent Therapy can make you feel like it’s harder to breathe out. To experience what this may feel like, pinch the bridge of your nose with your fingers and try breathing out. This is what Provent Therapy will feel like at first. It may be a little different, but you’ll get used to it.
The 30-Night Starter Kit is specifically designed to help acclimate you to Provent Therapy by gradually increasing the resistance when exhaling through your nose.
People adapt to EPAP therapy, and breathing with the Provent Nasal Device, at their own pace. It may take a little getting used to. This Starter Kit will help you acclimate to Provent Therapy by gradually increasing EPAP resistance over the first several nights of use.
The Provent Therapy Starter Kit includes three phases of Provent patches — 2 nights of Phase 1 low resistance patches, 2 nights of Phase 2 medium resistance patches, and 26 nights of Phase 3 standard resistance patches.
Phase 1 (Light Resistance) provides minimal resistance to help you get used to wearing, and sleeping with, the Provent Nasal Device.
Phase 2 (Medium Resistance) increases resistance when you breathe out to give you a better idea of how it feels to breathe and sleep with EPAP.
Phase 3 (Standard Resistance) provides full therapeutic EPAP resistance. Remember it may take time to get used to wearing Provent. Use all of the devices provided to give yourself the time you need to get use to treatment with Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy.
The Starter Kit’s convenient phased approach helps you adapt to breathing with Provent Therapy at your own pace, ensuring successful, and convenient sleep therapy. Studies show that patients who begin therapy with the Starter Kit are more successful and comfortable with Provent in the long term.
Disclaimer and Acknowledgment: As with all medical treatment, it is recommended that you consult with your doctor before beginning use. If you are currently using a prescribed sleep aid, do not discontinue use or add to your therapy without first consulting with your physician. Talk to your doctor today and see if Provent could be the right solution for you.
As with any Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) treatment, there are risks associated with the device use and the device is not effective in all patients. Although side-effects are rare, please discontinue use and notify your physician immediately if you develop any complications. For additional product and safety information, please refer to the instructions for use included with the device.
1. Clean and dry the area around your nostrils
2. Do not put any lotion on your nostril area.
3. Grasp the small side tab on the Provent Nasal Device and gently peel it off the backing.
1. Align the long axis of the nasal insert with the long axis of your nostril to ensure a good seal.
2. Make sure the side tab points outward as shown.
1. Once aligned, gently place the nasal insert into the nostril and press the adhesive onto your nose. Stretch the lower nostril area as if shaving the area above the upper lip. This will help ensure a good seal.
2. Repeat on the other nostril.
1. Gently press down around the adhesive to ensure a good seal. Make sure there are no folds or creases that could create a leak.
2. Remove and reposition the device if necessary. Note: Repeated repositioning will weaken the adhesive and reduce effectiveness.
1. Provent Therapy will feel different at first; and it may take some time to get used to.
2. Breathe in and out through your mouth while falling asleep — or in through your nose and out through your mouth — whichever feels the most comfortable to you.
1. Avoid activity while wearing the device.
2. After falling asleep you will naturally begin to breathe through your nose. That’s when Provent Therapy really starts to work.
3. Relax and Enjoy Sleep with Provent Therapy!
When wearing Provent Therapy, remember... it may take up to a week or longer to adjust. In fact, wearing the device may feel uncomfortable for the first few nights. These tips will help you get used to wearing Provent before and during sleep:
Inhale through your mouth or through the Provent Device — whichever makes it more comfortable to fall asleep.
Breathe out through your mouth (not through the device)when awake. If you try breathing through your nose (to check the seal of the adhesive, for example) you should notice resistance. This is normal and tells you the device is working. While you are trying to fall asleep, breathing out through your mouth will feel a lot more comfortable. Generally, people switch to nasal breathing once asleep, effectively “turning on” the device.
Avoid or minimize activity while wearing the Provent Nasal Device. Ideally, you should put on Provent right before you’re about to go to sleep. Keep a glass of water near your bedside, in case you wake up with a dry mouth.
If you wake up feeling uncomfortable during the night, take the device off and try again tomorrow. Some people adjust to Provent Therapy right away; others need more time. It may take a week or more to get used to sleeping with the device. Give it the time you need.
Use all devices provided in the pack. Remember, sleep apnea is a lifelong medical condition that should be treated. Although it may take time to get used to wearing Provent Therapy, consider the positive benefits of treatment.
People diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea who can not tolerate CPAP therapy now have an alternative option. Unsure if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea? CLICK HERE to take the Epsworth Sleep Scale.
What if my Provent Nasal Device doesn’t stick or leaks?
Sometimes the device may not stick because the skin around the nostrils is too wet, is covered in lotion, or is oily. In addition repositioning the device, after it has been applied, may cause leaks and reduce the effectiveness of the adhesive.
It is important to wash the area around your nostrils with soap and water before you apply the device. Then, make sure the area around your nostrils is dry and free of any lotions or gels, so the device can stick properly. Also try to avoid repositioning the device after application. If you have a mustache, you may need to trim it if you are unable to get a complete seal.
What if Provent Therapy is uncomfortable at first?
Breathing through the Provent Nasal Device may feel different at first because it makes it harder to breathe out. This pressure keeps your airway open while you sleep. Try and stick to the rou-tine and practice breathing out through your mouth while awake.If you find it too hard to breathe while sleeping, simply remove the device and try again tomorrow night. Your body will need time to adjust to this new way of breathing, so don’t give up right away.
What if the skin around my nostrils feels irritated?
It is very rare for the adhesive on Provent Therapy to irritate the skin. However, if your skin becomes irritated, try removing the device with a damp washcloth, or while in the shower, as the moisture may make it easier to take off.
What if my mouth is dry when I wake up?
If this happens, keep a glass of water by your bed.
What if I breathe through my mouth when I sleep?
As with nasal CPAP therapy, Provent users who may be mouth breathing during sleep may benefit from the use of a chinstrap.
What if I have more questions?
We’re here to help! Visit SleepWellRested.com, call Provent Customer Care at 1-703-378-4353, or talk to your doctor.
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