The Oventus O2Vent is a custom-made comfortable oral device that is designed for snorers and people with obstructive sleep apnea. It received FDA clearance in April 2016.
The device directs the flow of air through to the back of the throat and bypasses nasal and soft palate obstructions and prevents tongue obstruction. The unique design makes it especially suitable for patients who experience nasal congestion and who may find CPAP and other oral appliances difficult to use, the manufacturer states.
A recent Oventus clinical trial demonstrated significantly reduced AHI and snoring was reduced or eliminated in 100% of patients studied.
We teach our patients how to clear their noses with two different techniques. One should breathe through their mouths as often as they eat through their nose.
Without the nasal mucosa, you are unable to filter, humidify, warm and disinfect the incoming air. This promotes dysfunctional breathing. Since the volume of the mouth is about 4 times the size of the nose, much more carbon dioxide is exhaled and the result over time is a lowered stored carbon dioxide level. This prevents optimal oxygen transport in the body. Better to 1) clear the nose, 2) use a mandibular advancement device with as little bite opening as possible and then 3) tape the lips together to maintain nasal breathing. Once nasal breathing is breached, the nose get blocked.
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To declare my conflicts: I am a severe apneic with nasal congestion, have failed CPAP and other oral appliance therapy and have also had nasal revision and tried buteyko breathing both unsuccessfully. I have been on nasal decongestants and steroids on and off since being a juvenile and through my journey have tried every combination of these therapies. I am a dentist that has been working in the dental sleep medicine field since 2009 and exclusively so for the last few years. I am also the inventor of the Oventus device, a device that was developed as a result of my experience with existing treatments and since then for my patients with similar issues and now for wider distribution.
I agree whole heartedly that nasal breathing is ideal and should be encouraged. If a patient can achieve this then they should do so in the same way that if a patient can tolerate CPAP then they should continue to use it ahead of oral appliances.
While it is counterintuitive, the Oventus device actually prevents mouth breathing!
Patients will breathe preferentially through their nose if they can however, at the point in the night when nasal resistance becomes so high that a patient would normally switch to oro-nasal or oral breathing the Oventus device maintains an oral seal and a stable jaw position while simultaneously allow air to flow to the oropharynx unimpeded at very low resistance augmenting the air flowing through the nose. The size of the airway is 50 square mm which is the same cross sectional area as a healthy human nose and the height of the airway is 3.5mm which is well within the vertical required for other oral appliances. As much as possible we are trying to emulate nature. Filters and humidifiers can be attached but has not been necessary so far particularly as nose breathing continues to the extent it can.
This device has been shown to be very beneficial for patients with nasal obstruction as evidenced by a recent clinical trial. This data was recently presented at the AADSM conference in Denver (link) by way of an abstract and poster presentation. It was also interesting to find that the efficacy and response rate was consistent and favourable up to an AHI of 90 and that there were positive and unexpected effects on oxygen saturation in all patients. There are more studies underway on this but the early evidence looks very encouraging.
I am a dental hygienist who promotes nasal breathing for my pediatric patients. I work for a pediatric practice and see a high volume of mouth breathers. I myself am one. I went to a CE course which followed the development of mouth breathers and showed the adverse effects on overall health and facial structure. Number one priority is to promote nasal rinsing and nose sprays (such as Xlear) to help clear nasal passages. We also examine the tonsils and adenoids and recommend a consult with an ENT in some cases. I, myself, sleep with a CPAP and tape my mouth shut using 3M sensitive medical tape per the recommendation of the CE speaker who I believed changed my life. Mouth breathing is often an overlooked and underestimated health concern. I am interested in any products such as this nightguard which may help patients as I also treat older children and some adults with mouth breathing issues.
I have OSA and am very interested in this new device as I can’t/wont use A CPAP machine. How much are they and where are they available please? 🙂
Wow! Just saw your device on Channel Nine news.
My partner snores like a freight train and we need separate bedrooms. This is making our relationship strained and unhappy.
Laurie and myself would be thrilled to have the opportunity of trialing this device.
Please let me know how we can obtain this device or opportunity of being volunteers.
Sincerely Alison Panozzo
Would like moore information on this device. I suffer from sleep apnea and find using a c cap machine uncomfortable.
I fall between the cracks. I have been exhausted for over 20 years and often wake up feeling like I’m choking (not to mention having to use the bathroom up to eight times during the night). A sleep study showed an AHI of just 5. I was devastated as I was sure sleep apnea was causing my massive fatigue and more recently, insomnia. I’m not overweight, nor drink/smoke. Scans reveal an airway of just 2cm. Research on my part revealed I probably suffer from UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome), I fit the criteria for this 100% and it doesn’t show on a sleep study as the apneas are very brief. I failed CPAP, Provent and $6,000 treatment from a neuromuscular dentist who had a SomnoDent night appliance made which only helped marginally. I have little quality of life due to exhaustion, have been diagnosed T2 pre-diabetic and facing major surgery to break and move my jaw forwards. The Oventus looks promising but having spent so much already, am a tad nervous about the cost, which (having gone through the dentist already) am guessing would be considerable. I wish I qualified to be part of the study (I’m a semi-retired journalist/writer and would shout any success from the rooftops!) but alas, live in Melbourne.
Is O2Vent the same as the original mouthpiece or is it a mark2 enhanced version ?
I have the original Oventis mouthpiece. Just interested to know.
I have a bad snoring issue and I am kicked out of the bedroom my wife and I have been sleeping in different bedrooms for years, and I am over it , I would love to give this ago , how much will this cost and how can I get one? Please let me know
I am desperate for a device that can help my snoring. I now have my own room and I’m worried my relationship is suffering.
Can you please tell me where I can get the device?
Could you please let me know the price?
I would like to know the price of this device and where can I buy it in Australia, thank you, Pam.
I need to know the price of this instrument
would like to know more about costs and where to buy. Yes I am a chronic snorer.
How do I get one in Toronto Canada?
Could you please let me know the price of this device and where I can buy it in Australia.
Several hundred dollars.
I hear Chris Mahm on 4 BC today.
I would like to find out more about this.
Does it need a battery or anything else to use. How much is it and how much are the battery or accessories etc
My Mother and husband have sleep Apnia
I’ve used This device for over two years. I have moderate to extreme sleep apnoea and I used the CPAP machine for nearly 3 years. It does help me be mobile and confident in not having to sleep with the machine (I’m a woman 49 only
How can i get advice and service for Cyprus in Europe
Where can i apply?