CLEAR VERSUS
RIVAL TREATMENTS

As the following comparison summary demonstrates, CLEAR has higher effectiveness than most of its rivals, no side effects and disadvantages, higher compliancy and a lower price than nearly all its rivals.

CLEAR

Detects snoring and breathing patterns and sends biofeedback to open the patients’ airways.
Effectiveness:
CLEAR is highly effective
Side Effects:
CLEAR has no side effects.
Compliancy:
CLEAR has 95% compliancy.
Price:
CLEAR costs $250.



Continuous Positive Airway
Pressure Devices (CPAP)

This is a mask device that applies air pressure through the mask to the throat.
Effectiveness:
This treatment is highly effective.
Side effects:
These include movement of the jaw, which can make the mask awkward to wear, and the noise and disturbance to the patient’s partner.
Compliancy:
There is around 20% compliancy.
Price:
The cost of the device can range from $600 to over $3,000.
CPAP players include:
Philips Respironics (Revenue $1 billion); Resmed (Revenue $1.24 billion); Fisher & Paykal Healthcare (Revenue $506 million); Tyco Healthcare (Revenue $17 billion); Sunrise Medical.

Dental Appliances (Mandible
Advancement Devices-MAD)

This method attempts to solve the problem by restraining the tongue.
Effectiveness:
Data on the device’s effectiveness is not available
Side effects:
The system can cause damage to and permanent change in the position of the jaw, teeth and mouth, saliva, build-up and nausea.
Compliancy:
No data is available about compliancy.
Price:
Devices are available ranging in price from $50 to $2,000.

Surgery

Procedures include removing tonsils, adenoids and excess tissues and reconstructing the jaw to enlarge the upper airway.
Effectiveness:
This surgery is only effective for up to 36 months.
Side Effects:
By nature surgery is invasive with possible complications including infection and pain. Another disadvantage is the limited period of the effectiveness.
Compliancy:
No data is available about compliancy.
Price:
Surgery can cost between $1,500 and $3,500.

Hand Devices

This device sends electric shocks when detecting noise.
Effectiveness:
Low.
Side effects:
Disturbance to partner.
Compliancy:
Full within the first night.
Price:
$20-$150

Nasal Valve Dialators

These set out to decrease nasal resistance.
Effectiveness:
Low because it only combats uncommon forms of snoring.
Side effects:
No information available
Compliancy:
Medium to low.
Price:
$20.

COMPETITION

Some of the major companies that manufacture or market snoring and OSA treatment products include:


ResMed

A NYSE traded company with 4,000 employees and presence in more than 100 countries. This company is leading the efforts to develop and distribute treatments for sleep-disordered breathing, for more than 25 years.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

A NYSE traded company, GSK is a healthcarecompany that researches and develops pharmaceuticals, vaccines andconsumer healthcare products. The company distributes various snoring treatment solutions, including Breathe Right nasal strips.

CareFusion

The company employs 16,650 workers worldwide. Among other solutions, the company distributes various products for the treatment of sleeping disorders.



Devilbiss Healthcare

The company’s products are distributed in more than 100 countries. It distributes various sleeping disorder treatment products such as CPAP and masks.

ATQOL

The company is distributing the Anti-snore acupressure ring. The ring uses two small acupressure simulators, positioned on a nerve pointunderneath the left little finger and promises to help free the airways.

Omnisleep Solution

Founded in 2010, the company is focused on delivering various turnkey solutions for sleep disorders in India. Currently, the company also provides treatment solutions in the US.