There’s a lot of important things to consider when seeking out an effective solution for your snoring woes.
If you’re like millions of people around the world, you probably snore, and you’re most likely in need of a solution like yesterday. Not just any solution either, but one that’s affordable, simple, and effective. This guide is going to show you what snoring solutions are available, how they work, as well as their associated costs.
Available Anti-Snoring Solutions: Costs and Possible Side-effects
1. Somnoplasty: Although this sounds like surgery, thankfully it’s not. At $1700 - $2200 per session (at least 3 sessions or more are required to get results), it should be surgery. A small electrode is inserted into your soft palate emitting very low levels of radio frequency heat to remove tissues from your soft palate and uvula. This procedure has about an 80% success rate. Possible side-effects? People have experienced bleeding, swollen and sore throats, impaired healing, and infection.
2. Uvolopalato-pharyngoplasty: This snoring solution is about as complicated as its name. It’s generally an outpatient procedure, but with the list of possible complications and low success rate, it’s most likely not worth it. The price for this procedure is about $2,000.00 (including consultation) plus follow-up visits. A laser is used to trim some of the extra tissue and even the uvula if necessary. About 41% – 66% have seen improvements in obstructed sleep apnea. Patients have reported complications such as difficulty swallowing for days, severe pain, and change in voice tone. If you choose this procedure, expect to take at least 3 weeks off of work to heal from the severe pain and discomfort.
3. The Pillar Procedure: The average cost for this solution is about $1500.00. Since this is considered to be a cosmetic procedure, it isn’t covered. It takes about 20 minutes to perform and may require some over-the-counter pain killers. Small woven implants are inserted in the soft tissue using a sterile delivery tool. It helps to tighten up the loose tissue. There’s about an 80% patient satisfaction rate after an 18-month follow-up period. The only risks involved are the implants coming out, and they can be easily removed.
4. The CPAP Machine: This is mask that is worn while you sleep. A continuous stream of hair is provided through a 6-foot tube that runs from a water pump. It can cost anywhere from $160 - $800 just to get started, and then there are other costs and maintenance on top of that. It is known to be quite effective.
5. Prescription Mouthpieces: With a 74% effectiveness rate, and zero side-effects, this might be the way to go! The only draw-back with prescription mouthpieces is that they are custom-made and therefore expensive. Expect to pay anywhere from $1100 up to $2500 for a custom snoring mouthpiece. While you sleep, these devices work by either holding your tongue slightly forward, freeing up your airways, or moving your jaw slightly forward for the same results. You may have to visit a physician for necessary adjustments. The great news is, there are over-the-counter anti-snoring mouthpieces that are a fraction of the cost and don’t require any special visits to a clinic or physician. These over-the-counter solutions are definitely worth checking into.
We hope this guide provided you with a lot of useful information when considering the right snoring solution for you.