The Bongo Rx was first released in 2019 and has quickly become one of the most innovative EPAP devices in the market. A portable nasal device that uses expiratory positive airway pressure (EPAP) to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the Bongo Rx is a competitor of the Provent Therapy device. These two EPAP devices share a few similarities.

  • Portable
  • Nasal devices
  • No power required
  • Uses EPAP during exhalation to keep airway open
  • Treat mild to moderate OSA

A frequently asked question we hear from a lot of our potential customers is, “What’s the difference between the Bongo Rx and Provent?” Despite their similarities, the Bongo Rx and the Provent Therapy device also have several major differences. This is a brief Bongo Rx vs. Provent Therapy comparison, pointing out what makes these FDA-cleared sleep apnea devices unique from each other.

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The Bongo Rx Is Reusable

One of the biggest differences between the Bongo Rx and Provent is that the Bongo Rx is designed to be reusable. Made up of soft silicone nasal pillows and sturdy plastic valves, the Bongo Rx is reusable up to 90 days. All users have to do is gently hand wash the device with mild unscented soap and warm water after every use. In comparison, the Provent device is disposable and designed for one-time use. A standard pack of Provent Therapy includes 30 devices, which provides 30 nights of sleep apnea therapy.

 

Avoid Sticky Adhesive

Users don’t have to deal with sticky adhesive with the Bongo Rx nasal EPAP. Soft silicone nasal pillows directly seal just inside the nostrils. Every Bongo Rx starter kit comes with multiple pillow sizes (1 small, 1 medium, 1 large, 1 extra-large), allowing users to find their best fit. Since there is no adhesive, users can adjust the Bongo Rx as many times as they need to. On the other hand, the Provent device uses hypoallergenic adhesive to seal onto the nasal openings. Since the adhesive gets weaker every time its repositioned, users are only able to adjust the device a limited number of times to get a good seal.

 

man using the Bongo Rx while sleeping on bed

More Comfortable OSA Therapy

A recent study published in the Chest Journal, the official publication of the American College of Chest Physicians, concluded that the Bongo Rx may result in more comfortable obstructive sleep apnea therapy by providing a significantly lower expiratory WOB (work of breathing) than the Provent device.1 This decreased expiratory WOB is achieved because the Bongo Rx delivers a significantly lower average inspiratory and expiratory RTF (resistance to flow).

If you suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, consult with your doctor to see if EPAP therapy is right for you. A more convenient alternative to CPAP, the reusable Bongo Rx increases the convenience of EPAP therapy even more. For effective obstructive sleep apnea treatment, ask your doctor about the Bongo Rx.

 

Sources

Peter Gay, Alan Lankford, et al., Chest Journal – A COMPARISON OF TWO NASAL EXPIRATORY PAP DEVICES FOR THE TREATMENT OF OSA