Another New Treatment Option for Sleep Apnea?

Theravent looks like another potential new option for snoring, but upon further inspection, looks like technology that’s also found in Provent. These are nasal adhesives that allow you to breathe in normally, but provides partial resistance when you breathe out through your nose. Numerous studies have been published on the effectiveness of Provent for sleep apnea, but I’ve had mixed results in my practice. However, many patients do like them, so I continue to offer these devices. The website for Theravent offers a free trial, so it’s worth looking into if you want to try something different. 

Have you tried Provent or Theravent? Please comment on your experiences.

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3 thoughts on “Another New Treatment Option for Sleep Apnea?

  1. I have tried Provent valves. all they really did was force me to mouth breathe, so I used them with my tongue retaining device in order to ensure a good oral airway and bypass my nose and palate completely.

    for me they should probably be contraindicated because I have intracranial hypertension. exhaling against that resistance will cause a Valsalva, which will increase intracranial pressure. since OSA may raise intracranial pressure (ICP) and cause intracranial hypertension, I think that before Provent or Theravent is prescribed, that there should be some assessment of whether or not ICP issues exist in the individual patient. my impression is that even the best sleep docs don’t usually consider that many of the symptoms of sleep disordered breathing may actually be caused by increased ICP.

  2. I work for the maker of theravent Advanced Nightly Snore Therapy and wanted to provide some additional background on the device for your readers. You can also learn more at


    Invented by a Stanford University professor of medicine, Theravent Advanced Nightly Snore Therapy’s impact on snoring and on bed partners’ sleep was rigorously tested in three different clinical studies. Results were presented at the Associated Professional Sleep Societies conference, the prestigious medical conference sponsored by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The results were recently published in Sleep Diagnosis and Therapy.

    These studies proved that Theravent was effective in reducing snoring. In the studies, snorers were given Theravent to use at home. Sophisticated monitoring equipment (a decibel meter) was used to measure snoring both with and without using Theravent. Bed partners also reported on how loud they found the snoring. In these studies, both the partners and the monitoring equipment determined that Theravent significantly reduced the amount of time spent snoring when compared to not using the device. Approximately 3 out of 4 bed partners got a better night’s sleep when their partner used Theravent.

    This reduction is important because snoring can have a negative impact on health and quality of sleep. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that a healthy noise level during the night not exceed 40dB — about a whisper. Snoring is often much louder than that. Theravent was able to reduce snoring noise below the WHO thresholds.

    Theravent uses a revolutionary method of action, Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure, or EPAP. Other types of positive airway pressure has been used for over 30 years to treat sleep-disordered breathing, but Theravent is the first FDA-cleared EPAP device indicated to reduce or eliminate snoring.

  3. I read your article on exhilatory apnea. It describes me perfectly. Inhaling through my nose is not a problem. Upon mid-exhale, my nasal airway shuts off and I can’t get the remaining air out through my nose. I can even replicate it by lying on my back when awake. I have had high blood pressure that keeps getting worse as my sleeping situation worsens. I don’t know where to start the process. I am uninsured. What steps should I take first? Theravent? Provent? It seems like these would make it even harder to get the air out through my nose. Go to an ENT? Do a home sleep study? I would like to remedy this situation and possibly get my blood pressure under control. Thank you for any suggestions.