New snoring device debuts at World Sleep Day
16 March 2017, 2:20PM
A new device to stop snoring will be unveiled in Sydney on World Sleep Day on Friday, March 17.
The O2VentTM W is a winged-style device - the third oral appliance in Oventus Medical’s growing portfolio of treatments for snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA).
It differs from previous models in that it uses a dual mechanism to stabilise the jaw and smoothly advance it forward, which does not lock the upper and the lower jaw together
Critically, it incorporates the patented Oventus Airway Technology, which acts as a “second nose”.
Founder and Clinical Director Dr Chris Hart said the O2Vent W responded to demand from clinicians for a winged device but Oventus was the only company able to incorporate an airway within it.
“Obstructions of the nose and soft palate are major contributors to sleep apnoea and the Oventus Airway Technology allows us to bypass that,” he said.
“This new addition to the O2Vent product family is creating a treatment platform that with continued research, is changing the paradigm of care for patients suffering from OSA.”
A study currently being conducted by Oventus and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) is looking at whether a device with its own airway, either on its own or with other therapies like CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), would help even the most severe cases of OSA.
“Initial findings showed the device did what we hoped and if they’re replicated in this larger, statistically significant study, it could radically change how we treat OSA,”
Dr Hart said.
While CPAP is the most effective treatment for OSA, Dr Hart said many people could not tolerate it and more than half give up within a year.
Untreated, severe OSA can have serious, potentially life-threatening health implications including high blood pressure, stroke, irregular heartbeat and diabetes.
The latest Sleep Health Foundation report released in early February found up to 45% of Australian adults reported sleep problems, resulting in one in five participants saying they have nodded off while driving.1
Other results include 17% of survey respondents saying they’ve missed work because they were sleepy and 17% saying they have fallen asleep on the job.
World Sleep Day is an annual event sponsored by the World Association of Sleep Medicine to raise awareness of sleep disorders and highlight the burden they place on society.
1 Adams RJ, Appleton SL, et al. Sleep health of Australian adults in 2016: results of the 2016 Sleep Health Foundation national survey. Sleep Health. 2017; 3:35-42.
2 Deloitte Access Economics. Reawakening Australia: the economic cost of sleep disorders in Australia, 2010. Canberra, Australia.
3 Beecroft, et al. Oral continuous positive airway pressure for sleep apnoea; effectiveness, patient preference, and adherence. Chest 124:2200–2208, 2003
4 Sutherland et al. Oral appliance treatment for obstructive sleep apnoea: An updated Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. February 2014.