There are a wide range of treatments and solutions for snoring, from lifestyle changes to surgical procedures. Some people have great luck with easy, at-home snoring treatments, but others need more powerful treatments. Laser treatment has become a popular option in the past few years for severe snorers. If you’ve tried the simpler snoring solutions and are now considering laser treatment for snoring, it’s important to understand the different types of treatments and to consider the cost of the procedure.
Surgical Laser Treatment
Surgical laser snoring treatment is also known as LAUP or laser-assisted uvulopalatalplasty. This procedure removes excess tissue from the uvula, soft palate, or tonsils with a CO2 laser, which reduces the risk of the airway being blocked.
During the procedure, you’ll receive local anesthesia with a spray and an injection. Then, the nose and throat surgeon will use the CO2 laser to burn and cut tissue from the back of your mouth and throat. It usually takes about two weeks to heal from the surgery.
Nonsurgical Laser Treatment
The nonsurgical laser treatment, NightLase, has been popular in the United States, Canada, and Europe for several years. Unlike the surgical treatment, it involves no incisions, cutting, or burning. It also has a better success rate and is faster and easier to recover from. For most people, the nonsurgical treatment is a better option than the surgical procedure.
NightLase is usually done in a laser dentist’s office. The dentist uses the laser to heat up the tissue of the soft palate, which will feel warm but not uncomfortable. The laser tones and tightens the soft palate and the back of the throat by causing collagen contraction. This will prevent the back of your mouth from relaxing excessively and collapsing over your throat while you sleep. The procedure will also cause your soft palate to shrink, which will open up your airway more.
Cost of Laser Treatment
Cost is obviously an important factor when choosing any type of treatment. Unfortunately, laser treatment for snoring is not usually covered by health insurance in the United States. Most health insurance companies don’t consider snoring to be a health issue, so they view the laser treatment as an aesthetic procedure.
You’ll probably have to pay out of pocket for the treatment, so it’s important to compare prices and weigh the pros and cons of the procedure. Like most treatments, the cost will vary between different treatment centers.
For the surgical laser procedure, you’ll need a sleep disorder evaluation first. This usually costs between $200 and $300. Then, you’ll receive the laser treatments, which cost about $500 each on average. Most people need three treatments, so you should expect to spend between $1,500 and $2,000 in total. However, some people need up to five laser treatments to stop snoring, and some treatment centers charge more than $500. Costs can go up to $3,500 or $4,000 at some facilities.
Most people choose the nonsurgical procedure instead of the surgical treatment because it’s less invasive, less painful, and typically less expensive. Like the surgical treatment, the average cost is about $500 per session, and most people need three sessions. You probably won’t need to do a sleep disorder evaluation before the treatment, though, so that will save you some money. You’ll also be able to recover and return to work much faster than with the surgical treatment, so lost wages from time off work won’t be as much of an issue.
Prices tend to be slightly cheaper in Canada than in the United States. The average total cost is between $1,000 and $2,000 CAD. Some treatment centers will charge a flat rate, but others will charge based on how many treatments you need. Unfortunately, you probably won’t know in advance how many sessions you’ll need, so you should be prepared to pay for four or five just in case.
Laser treatment is one of the more expensive snoring solutions. It is a permanent solution for most people, though, so it may have a similar cost in the long run to other treatments. After you’ve finished all the sessions, you won’t have to continue buying anti-snoring devices or paying for other treatments. You also won’t have to change your sleeping habits or sleeping environment.
Although laser treatment is expensive, many snorers who have received the treatment believe that the price is worth it. If you have a severe snoring problem that won’t go away with other treatments, the laser procedure might be a good option.