You may be a candidate for iNAP if you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. You'll want to speak with your sleep physician to learn if the treatment is appropriate for you. In clinical studies, INAP was proven effective in patients with mild, moderate, and severe obstructive sleep apnea (AHI between 5 and 55). iNAP doesn't work for everyone, so we recommend discussing iNAP as a therapy option with your physician.
I have a deviated septum and one side of my nose is blocked. Can I use iNAP?
If you can breathe through your nose with your closed mouth, you might benefit from iNAP. Some mouth breathers may take longer to adjust to nasal breathing. If you have congestion from colds or allergies, using a nasal spray to relieve nasal congestion could help the blockage
I have missing teeth. Can I use iNAP?
Yes, The oral interface provides a lip shield to help you maintain oral pressure when using iNAP. You need to have front teeth in order to keep the oral interface in place
Can I use iNAP if I am a mouth breather?
To use iNAP successfully, you must breathe through your nose. Many mouth breathers are able to breathe through their nose, but based on early habits, have grown to be predominant mouth breathers.
If you are able to breathe at night through your nose and can use a chin strap or tape to help train you to keep your mouth closed, it is possible that over time, you would be able to use iNAP.
There are many articles and resources that discuss the benefits of nasal breathing. Also, it may be good to speak with an ENT who can assess your nose and airway and possibly offer suggestions to improve your nasal breathing.
Can the iNAP be used after the removal of the uvula?
This depends on the extent of the UPPP (Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty). Sometimes when too much soft tissue has been removed, the seal at the back of the tongue is harder to achieve. It also depends on how much excess or floppy tissue remains in the airway. It is best for the patient to try it.
Is iNAP better than surgery?
The iNAP is a much better option than surgery for the following reasons:
- Surgery is irreversible. You can try iNAP as easily as trying a new pair of glasses. If it doesn't work for you, you just return it. No harm.
- Surgery might not work, its actual success rate is around 50%. Our clinical results show 80% adherence to the treatment with a positive effect.
- Surgery is VERY costly. Even though iNAP is not (yet) covered by insurance, we offer two options, ownership and subscriptions.