What treatment options are available?
Oral appliance therapy is one way to effectively manage snoring and sleep apnea, and may be used in conjunction with other therapies. Some appliances such as a tongue-retaining device hold the tongue forward via suction bulb to open up the air passage. Mandibular repositioning appliances reposition and maintain the lower jaw (mandible) in a protruded position during sleep. Nasal sprays also can provide relief for snorers whose nasal passages are blocked due to swelling or increased mucous. Therapy may last foe several weeks or months and require follow-up visits. The cost of oral appliances ranges from $50 to $2,000, depending on whether you opt for an over-the-counter or custom-made appliance. In some cases, surgery may be required to eliminate snoring. Procedures can include any of the following: traditional surgery, outpatient laser-assisted uvlopalatoplasty (LAUP) to cut away the uvula (this is not recommended for sleep apnea patients), and nasal surgery to remove obstructions in the nose or to correct deviated septum.