World Sleep Day: new snoring device unveiled

A new device to stop snoring will be unveiled in Sydney today, World Sleep Day.

The O2Vent 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, and 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 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 implicationsincluding high blood pressure, stroke, irregular heartbeat and diabetes.

The latest Sleep Health Foundation report released in early February found up to 45 per cent of Australian adults reported sleep problems, resulting in one in five participants saying they had nodded off while driving.

Other results include 17pc of survey respondents saying they’ve missed work because they were sleepy and 17pc 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.