Types of Products to Treat Sleep Apnea

There are so many products out there that claim to stop snoring and apneas. It has been a very competitive market, so how do we know which are the ones to go for?

In this article, we will talk about the products that have been scientifically and clinically proven to work, as well as how to use them, cost of each product, and a few things to be aware of when using each product.

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Product Name

Price

1) Essential Health Helps Stop Snoring ®

Essential Health Helps Stop Snoring

Puranox

Puranox Anti-Snoring Spray

1) Mute Snoring by RhinoMed

Mute Snoring by RhinoMed

Sleep Right’ Intra-Nasal Breathe Aid

Sleep Right Intra-Nasal Breathe Aid

AveoTSD

AveoTSD Snoring Mouthpiece

SnoreQuiet Tongue Retaining Anti Snoring Device

SnoreQuiet Tongue Retaining Anti Snoring Device

NightShift Sleep Positioner

NightShift Sleep Positioner

Zzoma Positional Device

Zzoma Positional Device

Theravent Anti-Snore Strip

Theravent Anti-Snore Strip

Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy

Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy

Oral Sprays

There are both nasal and oral sprays on the market that claim to eliminate snoring and apneas. Nasal sprays usually work by clearing your nasal passage, while oral sprays lubricates the soft muscle tissues at the back of your throat to prevent vibrations and reduce snoring, experts usually do not recommend nasal sprays to treat sleep apnea, mainly because sleep apnea is caused by the collapse of soft muscle at the back of your throat.

While nasal sprays can help expand and clear your nasal airway, it is effective for patients who often suffers from hay fever, flu, or allergies, it is not effective as a form of treatment for sleep apnea.

We will instead talk about 2 kinds of oral sprays that are most popular amongst mild sleep apnea patients.

1) Essential Health Helps Stop Snoring ®

1) Essential Health Helps Stop Snoring ®

What is it? 
A type of throat spray designed to lubricate the back of your throat and reduce the intensity of your snoring. It also slightly tones up the soft tissues behind the throat to prevent muscles from over relaxing at night.

What is it made of?
Made of natural essential oils such as eucalyptus, lemon, and peppermint.

How do I use it?
Spray 2-3 times every night after brushing your teeth, towards the back of your throat.

How long does a bottle last?
Each 59ml bottle will give you about 50 nights worth of peaceful sleep.

Who will benefit most from this product?
Patients who snore but are tested negative for sleep apnea will benefit most from it. Patients diagnosed as mild sleep apnea may also find it beneficial.

How much does it cost?
Approximately USDlow $$ for a 59ml bottle.

Is it clinically proven?
You can also use this device concurrently with other therapies too, such as a mandibular advancement device, tongue stabilizing device, nasal dilators, or EPAP therapy.

2) Puranox® Anti-Snoring Spray

What is it? 
An anti snoring spray that works by moisturising the back of your throat, and prevents snoring.

What is it made of?
The company claimed it is made of all natural ingredients (only plants extract), meaning vegetarians and vegans can also benefit from this spray.

How do I use it?
Place your mouth around the spray applicator, then hold the bottle’s lever down for 1 second, a proper dose will then spray towards the back of your throat. Do not swallow for 10 seconds, you may also feel a tingling sensation after the dose is supplied. Do not eat or drink after applying the spray, it is best used right before bed.

How long does a bottle last?
A 45ml bottle should last you about 36 doses.

Who will benefit most from this product?
Patients who snore but are tested negative for sleep apnea will benefit most from it. Patients diagnosed as mild sleep apnea may also find it beneficial.

How much does it cost?
Approximately USD Low $$ for a 45ml bottle.

Is it clinically proven?
Yes, and for further effect, you can also use this device concurrently with other therapies too, such as a mandibular advancement device, tongue stabilizing device, nasal dilators, or EPAP therapy.

Nasal Dilators

Nasal dilators are usually made of small plastic rings. They are designed so you can comfortable place them into your nostrils, with the purpose of dilating and expanding the nasal passage. They open up your nasal passage by pulling it outwards, allowing more air entering your nose during the night. They are very simple, and is also non invasive.

Just like nasal sprays, it does not work for everyone. In many cases, snoring is caused by vibrations of the relaxed muscle tissue in your soft palate and throat, and unfortunately, nasal dilators cannot always solve this problem.

We will talk about the 2 most popular nasal dilators that have claimed to work for treating snoring.

1) Mute Snoring by RhinoMed

1) Mute Snoring by RhinoMed

What is it?
Mute by RhinoMed is a removable nasal stent that is designed to keep your nasal nostrils expanded during the night, to promote increased airflow into your nasal passage.

How do I use it?
The first step is to get the right size for you. Mute offers a trial pack, which comes in 3 different sizes (Small, Medium, Large). Getting the right size is important as your comfort is crucial, too small and it may slip out, too big and you will feel very uncomfortable to wear.

What is it made of?
Mute is made of soft medical grade plastic to ensure comfort on your nostrils throughout the night.

How long does each Mute last?
10 days, for 8 hours of usage each night.

How much does it cost?
The trial pack is approximately USD Low $$, while the pack of 3 Mute sitting around USD25.

Who will benefit most from this product?
Patients who snore but are tested negative for sleep apnea will benefit most from this product. Patients diagnosed as mild sleep apnea may also find it beneficial.

Is it clinically proven?
Yes, and for further effect, you can also use this device concurrently with other therapies too, such as oral sprays, mandibular advancement device, tongue stabilizing device, or even EPAP therapy.

2) Sleep Right’ Intra-Nasal Breathe Aid

Sleep Right’ Intra-Nasal Breathe Aid

What is it?
Breathe Aid by Sleep Right’ is a reusable nasal dilator designed to reduce nasal congestion, it works by opening your nose to help you reduce snoring.

How do I use it?
Simply place it into your nostrils (there’s no right side up, the plastic bits can either point up or down) and you are ready for bed. Make sure to wash with cool water every morning and store is in the case provided.

What is it made of?
Medical grade plastic.

How long does each Mute last?
Reusable up to 15 days.

How much does it cost?
Monthly supply will cost about USD low $$.

Who will benefit most from this product?
Patients with deviated septum/blocked sinus from hay fever/allergies may benefit from this product. Best to be used to treat snoring, not sleep apnea. It does not work for patients who are diagnosed for severe sleep apnea.

Is it clinically proven?
Yes, studies have shown it expands your nostril size by 58% to increase airflow. For further effect, you can also use this device concurrently with other therapies too, such as oral sprays, mandibular advancement device, tongue stabilizing device, sleep positioning devices, or even EPAP therapy.

Tongue Stabilizing Device

Tongue stabilizing devices are used to ensure the tongue does not over relax and compress on your airways. It functions by pulling the tongue forward and lifts soft muscles away from your airway. The 2 most popular tongue stabilizing devices are:

1) AveoTSD Snoring Mouthpiece

AveoTSD

What is it?
AveoTSD is a tongue stabilizing device, its purpose is to pull your tongue forward and prevent it from collapsing on your airways.

How do I use it?
It uses gentle suction at the end of your tongue, pulling it forward and prevent it from
falling back towards the back of your throat. Simply place your tongue into the AveoTSD, and by gently using a pumping action, squeeze the upper and lower ends of the device with your thumb and index finger. Ensure it is not too tight (so it is uncomfortable) or too loose (so it slips out).

What is it made of?
Medical grade silicon

How long does each Mute last?
You can reuse this device indefinitely, as long as you take good care of it, it should last a long time. Wash it everyday after you wake up with hot water, and then store it in the container provided. Refrain from using any chemicals or alcohol and this may break down the silicon.

How much does it cost?
Approximately USD Low $$$.

Who will benefit most from this product?
Patients’ diagnosed mild to low range moderate sleep apnea may benefit from this product. A sleep study while wearing one of these devices may give a good indication on how well the tongue stabilizing device is treating your apneas.

Is it clinically proven?
Yes, clinically and scientifically proven. For further effect, you can also use this device concurrently with other therapies too, such as oral sprays, mandibular advancement device, sleep positioning device, nasal dilators, or EPAP therapy.

2) SnoreQuiet™ Tongue Retaining Anti Snoring Device

SnoreQuiet Tongue Retaining Anti Snoring Device

What is it?
This is another very popular brand of Tongue Retaining Device. It is most popular in the USA and they ship worldwide. It holds your tongue when you sleep and prevents it from collapsing into your airways.

How do I use it?
Place the device in front of the tongue and stick your tongue into it, gently squeeze and push out any air bubbles with your thumb and forefinger, you will create a suction pressure inside, resulting in the device pulling your tongue forward.

What is it made of?
Medical grade silicon

How long does each Mute last?
Each of these tongue retaining devices will last for a long time as they do not break down easy. Remember to clean it daily after use. If the silicon has turned yellow, it is time to get it replaced. This device will generally last for a minimum of 2 years.

How much does it cost? ( last checked on 25th April)
Approximately USD $$, and there is a 100% money back guarantee upon purchase (within 30 days + USD25 disposal fee + shipping). One good tip is to stay and browse around on their website, sometimes a 40% discount coupon may pop up in your face.

Who will benefit most from this product?
Patients who snore, or suffer from mild to low range moderate, may benefit from this device. It does not work for everyone as the reason why people snore may differ. To check if this is treating your sleep apneas, a sleep test while wearing the device may be necessary.

Is it clinically proven?
The company did not specifically state it is clinically proven, however it states it is clinically tested. SnoreQuietTM also claimed to have won the “#1 best rated anti snoring device” for 2017. For further effect, you can also use this device concurrently with other therapies too, such as oral sprays, nasal dilators, sleep positioning device, or even EPAP therapy.

Sleep Positioning Device

Sleeping either on your left or right side is always better for sleep apnea patients, as it alleviates any direct force on your airways from the relaxing of soft muscle tissues. Most of us do not even realize we are tossing and turning at night, so how do we ensure we are constantly sleeping on the side at night?

There are products out there designed to help us stay asleep on the side, let us talk about 2 of the most popular and effective products.

1) NightShift Sleep Positioner

NightShift Sleep Positioner

What is it?
NightShift is a sleep positioning device designed to keep you sleeping on the side. Every time you turned to sleep on your back, the device vibrates, it does this to remind you to turn back onto your sides.

How do I use it?
You wear the device around your neck. Many patients do not like this as it looks like a dog collar, but it is a very effective way to keep you sleeping on your sides at night. You press a button to turn it on, and the device delays the start of the treatment by 15 minutes, to allow you to fall asleep before therapy starts. The device can also record your treatment efficacy, which can be downloaded into a computer. The device can store up to 1 year’s worth of data inside. The recorded data shows how well you slept each night, as well as your snoring levels.

How long before this device needs to be replaced?
Just like any portable electronic device, you will need to charge the battery up before using. If you use the device for 8 hours a night, this device will need to be charged once every three days. It will also tell you when the battery is low. The device itself should have a life of a few years, however, you will need to replace the neck strap every 6 months (approximately USD $$).

How much does it cost?
The cost of NightShift is around USD $$$. It comes with a 1 year warranty, and if it does not work, you can send it back for a refund, minus shipping charges (within 30 day).

Who will benefit most from this product?
Patients who have done a sleep study, and have detected they do not have any apnea events while sleeping on the side may benefit from this device. Patients who are diagnosed mild or low range moderate (AHI <20) may also benefit from this device. Patients who has heart conditions and/or pacemakers are not recommended for this product, as the device may interfere with other medical devices that are close by.

Is it clinically proven?
Yes, and for further effect, you can also use this device concurrently with other therapies too, such as oral sprays, mandibular advancement device, tongue stabilizing device, nasal dilators, or even EPAP therapy.

2) Zzoma Positional Device

Zzoma Positional Device

What is it?
Zzoma positional device is an alternative to the “tennis ball therapy”. It keeps you on your side by preventing your body from rolling onto your back.

How do I use it?
Simply place this around your waist, with the bulged out structure towards your back (like a backpack). Position the device so its Velcro straps are on the level of your chest. Make sure it is not too tight, otherwise it will be uncomfortable and hard to breath, then then just lie on your side and go to sleep.

What is it made of? 
Zzoma is made of mainly foam, and covered by nylon. The straps that is touching your body has PVC dots (similar to bathtub floor tacks) which creates friction on your body to prevent slippage of the straps while you sleep.

How long does each last?
Just like any garment, they will wear out eventually if you wear it everyday. A good way to ensure they last a long time is to unzip and machine wash the outer fabric in cold water. Hand washing is of course always best. They generally should last for a few years.

How much does it cost?
It cost USD 185.95 for each of these devices, it comes with a 1 year warranty and 30 days money back guarantee. However, in some countries, to get one of these, you will need a prescription from a doctor.

Who will benefit most from this product?
Patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea may benefit from this product. Patients who are not compliant on CPAP or any other treatment may also make good use of this product.

Is it clinically proven?
Yes, and it has gone through rigorous clinical trial reviews with studies being done on it. It is also FDA approved in the USA. For further effect, you can also use this device concurrently with other therapies too, such as a oral sprays, mandibular advancement device, tongue stabilizing device, nasal dilators, or EPAP therapy.

Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP)

Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) is a type of therapy that draws more air into the nostrils, but preventing some of it from being exhaled. This creates a positive air pressure in your airways, and also to prevent your airways from collapsing. You may feel it is hard to breathe out with this therapy. Let us have a look at the two most popular EPAP products.

1) Theravent Anti-Snore Strip

Theravent Anti-Snore Strip

What is it?
Theravent is a type of EPAP anti-snore strip. It is very lightweight, and uses one way micro valve (and the power of your breathing) to create a positive air pressure that helps keep your airways from vibrating (and snoring). This type of therapy is very popular amongst patients who travel a lot, as it is very portable.

How do I use it?
Firstly, make sure the skin around your nostrils is clean and dry. Peel the paper backing to expose the adhesive. Place one piece of the Theravent strip (in front of a mirror may help) over your nostrils, ensuring the micro vales are covering both nostrils and the adhesives are covering and sealing properly on the skin around the nostrils, make sure there are no wrinkles or gaps. What you will feel at first is it takes no effort to breathe in, but requires some effort breathing out, this basically means you placed the Theravent on properly. You should only need to place this on right before you head to bed. It will take about 1 week in general to adapt to it.

How long does each piece last?
One piece of Theravent will last one night, it is highly recommended not to wash and/or reuse them, as the adhesive will not stick as well when using it the second time.

How much does it cost? 
There are 4 different packs with Theravent.

  • Theravent Trial Pack (Approximately USD 9)

You can get the trial pack first to ease you slowly into the therapy, it contains all different strengths for you to try. There are 6 in a pack (2 of each strength) so this pack will last you for 6 nights.

  • Theravent Starter Pack (Approximately USD 21)

The starter pack has the least amount of resistance. It is really good if you are a first time user of Theravent, as it will let you experience the least resistance before going any further. Although this is the pack with the least resistance, it actually may be enough for some snorers. Each pack comes with 20 pieces, and it will last you 3 weeks.

  • Theravent Regular Pack (Approximately USD 21)

The pack with moderate amount of resistance. Most snorers will benefit from this, and this is more effective than the starter pack. Each pack comes with 20 pieces, and it will last you 3 weeks.

  • Theravent Max Pack (Approximately USD 21)

The pack with the highest amount of resistance. For snorers who find the starter and regular pack did not do the job, this may be the one. However, if the max pack also does not eliminate your snoring, you may need to seek other forms of treatment. Each pack comes with 20 pieces, and it will last you 3 weeks.

Who will benefit most from this product? 
This product will benefit patients who suffer from snoring, as well as patients who are diagnosed with mild to low range moderate sleep apnea. This product may treat sleep apnea, but it is not a guarantee. For further effect, you can also use this therapy concurrently with other products too, such as oral sprays, mandibular advancement device, or tongue stabilizing device.

Is it clinically proven?
Yes, it is clinically proven to reduce snoring, it is also FDA approved. Clinical trials were also conducted on Theravent, and they found a reduction of snoring in 76% of patients in the trial.

2) Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy

Provent Sleep Apnea Therapy

What is it?
Provent is another effective EPAP therapy, it is an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. They are discrete, light weight, and extremely portable. It uses the power of your breathing to hold your airways open and enable natural airflow. Provent uses one way micro valve that shuts when air is passing through in a particular direction, creating a slight pressure in your airways and reduce apnea events by opening up your airways. It differs from Theravent as it uses one individual piece for each side of the nostrils, instead of one big piece covering both of your nostrils.

How do I use it?
Firstly, peel off the paper backing from the adhesive part of Provent. You will find each piece is oblong shaped. Align the long axis with the long axis of your nostrils, you will also see tabs on the Provent, and they should be pointing outwards and upwards. Once aligned, make sure the one way valve is sitting right in the center of your nostrils, then press down on the adhesive section, onto the skin around your nostrils, check to make sure there are no gaps or wrinkles in the seal, as this may compromise the effectiveness of Provent therapy. After finishing applying the Provent on each nostril (overlapping is okay), you should feel it is normal to breath in, but may require some effort breathing out. After waking up in the morning, discard the used Provent.

How long does each last?
Each piece of Provent used will have to be discarded the next morning. Washing and cleaning them for reuse is not recommended, as the adhesive will not be as sticky as the first night, which will also change the effectiveness of it.

How much does it cost? 
There are 3 different packs to Provent Therapy.

  • Provent 30 Day Starter Pack (Approximately USD $$)

This started pack helps patients acclimate to Provent Therapy. It contains 3 different phases.
Phase 1 – Low Resistance Patches (2 nights worth of patches)
Phase 2 – Medium Resistance Patches (2 nights worth of patches)
Phase 3 – Standard Resistance Patches (26 nights worth of patches)

Patients who have never used Provent before may benefit from this pack, as it helps ease you into the provent therapy. Studies have shown the starter kit helps patients get used to Provent much easier.

  • Provent 30 Day Pack (Approximately USD $$)

This pack is for patients who are already acclimatized to Provent Therapy, and may use this as an ongoing therapy.

Who will benefit most from this product?
Patients of all levels of obstructive sleep apnea will benefit from this therapy, and especially patients who snore. For added effect, you may also use this therapy concurrently with other treatments such as oral sprays, tongue stabilizing device, sleep positioning device, and/or mandibular advancement splint.

Is it clinically proven?
Yes, it is clinically proven, and unlike the Theravent, Provent is clinically approved for sleep apnea. In clinical studies, it has demonstrated significant levels of improvement across all levels of sleep apnea patients.

Douglas Ngu
Douglas is one of our most qualified sleep experts, with training and education majors in human anatomy, human physiology and neuroscience. Douglas graduated from the University of Melbourne with a degree in Bachelors in Science. Douglas has a long history of sleep science and education. Douglas got his start in sleep science by working as a receptionist in the Sleep and Repiratory Specialist Clinic. From there, he moved up tobecome a Sleep Technologist. Finally, he completed his journey to become a Sleep Scientist. Douglas aims to provide helpful insight and education on sleep apnea.

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