Oventus Clinical Educator and Registered Respiratory Therapist, Peggy Powers, is featured in a Sleep Review article, ‘Examining Primary Snoring Due to Nasal Obstruction’.
The article refers to patients who snore but don’t have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the potential causes and treatment options.
If a patient’s sleep test confirms there is no evidence of OSA, it is likely these patients may be snoring due to nasal obstruction or inflammation.
Peggy Powers states that when the nasal airway becomes partially or completely blocked, there is an increase in nasal resistance that spurs several changes. “There is an increase in negative pressure in the oral airway, which could possibly result in soft palate collapse. The patient must start mouth breathing at this point, and this will continue to increase the negative pressure in the airway resulting in the airway walls collapsing and causing snoring”.
“Oral appliances are typically not recommended for a patient with nasal obstruction,” but Peggy adds that the Oventus O2Vent Airway Management Device is designed to take mouth breathing and nasal obstruction into account. “The Oventus O2Vent, while providing mandibular advancement, also incorporates an airway into the oral device allowing the patient to breathe either through their nose or through the device, therefore decreasing the negative pressure swings in the airway and eliminating snoring,” she says.
To read the full article published on July 31, 2018, please click this link: http://www.sleepreviewmag.com/2018/07/primary-snoring-nasal-obstruction/
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