New treatment for sleep apnea more popular with patients

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that about 28 million Americans have sleep apnea and that the standard CPAP treatment, which involves a mask worn at night to push air into the nasal passages, is not very popular among patients.
Now, however, a new treatment method for sleep apnea is gaining popularity, “a patch that fits over the nostrils. Called Provent, the patch holds two small plugs, one for each nostril, that create just enough air pressure to keep the airways open at night.

It is far less intrusive than the traditional … machine.” Unlike the traditional treatment, “Provent is not covered by Medicare and most major insurers, though some doctors say they expect that will change in the near future.”

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2 Responses to New treatment for sleep apnea more popular with patients

  1. Please tell me more about Provent and it’s availability

  2. Dr. Walt says:

    Just click on the hyperlinks in the article.

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