Middletown, NY (PRWEB) June 12, 2012
Imagine falling asleep on the job or at the wheel of a car as a result of lack of sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea, a decrease or pause in breathing that interrupts sleep, may be to blame. Hudson Valley Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) now offers the Provent device as a simple and effective new treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea that utilizes a patient’s own breathing.
Sleep apnea affects a growing number of adults. According to a survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of Americans snore, a major indicator of sleep apnea, and more than one-third say that they unintentionally fall asleep during the day. Obesity is a major cause, as excess body weight puts pressure on the airways. Getting too little sleep negatively affects health and increases the chances of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, and other medical conditions.
Sleep specialists most often recommend CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), which works well when used regularly for sleep apnea. However, many sleep apnea sufferers cannot tolerate CPAP or find it cumbersome to use. Others may wish for a more portable treatment option when traveling. “The Provent valve, small enough to fit into a wallet, offers us a treatment alternative that may be more comfortable and convenient for certain patients,” says Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz, a board certified sleep specialist, at Hudson Valley ENT, who has used Provent for over two years. “Our goal is to help patients by matching them with an appropriate sleep apnea treatment to afford them a better night’s sleep and better health.”
Provent, a non-invasive, disposable treatment, utilizes nasal expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) to keep the airway open during sleep. A novel MicroValve, placed over the nostrils, opens and closes during inhalation and exhalation, stabilizing the person’s breathing.
Dr. Jacobowitz notes that “By customizing effective treatments for sleep apnea, we empower our patients to best manage their health and live life to the fullest.”
Hudson Valley Ear, Nose & Throat, P.C. is located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Building B, Suite 220, Middletown, NY. For more information, please call 1.888.350.1368 (ENT) or visit http://www.hudsonvalleyent.com.
About Hudson Valley Ear, Nose & Throat
Hudson Valley Ear, Nose & Throat, P.C., has been redefining the healthcare experience in the Hudson Valley for more than ten years. Its board-certified physicians, supported by licensed audiologists and dedicated staff, have established a reputation for superior care in treating patients with allergies, gastroesophageal reflux, thyroid and parathyroid disorders, hearing and balance disorders, nasal and sinus disease, head and neck cancer, sleep apnea, snoring, and pediatric ear and throat disorders. Hudson Valley Ear, Nose & Throat utilizes state-of-the-art technology to make the patient experience as efficient, comfortable, and caring as possible.