Treatment Options

Why Get Treated
Deciding whether or not to go ahead with treatment – no matter what type of treatment – can be a significant decision. Here are some issues to consider as you decide what’s best for you.

Benefits of Treatment
The potential benefits of treatment for snoring and sleep apnea include, but are not limited to:

  • Deeper, more restful sleep
  • Increased energy
  • Increased alertness and concentration
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Ability to lose weight
  • Decreased feelings of depression
  • Decreased risk for heart attack and stroke
  • Less disturbance to others (e.g. a bed partner)
  • Improved sex drive
  • And many more…

Consequences of No Treatment
If you don’t get treated for snoring or sleep apnea, there may be a cost to your health and quality of life. You are more likely to experience some of the short and long-term effects of sleep disordered breathing. These problems can be divided into four categories.


  • Irritability
  • Personality changes
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Loss of intimacy
  • Clashes with the bed partner (spousal arousal syndrome)

Functional and Behavioral

  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Poor memory or clouded intellect
  • Performance decrement
  • Depression
  • Increased appetite
  • Inability to exercise
  • Becoming more prone to accidents

Cardiovascular Health Problems

  • High blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart beat (cardiac arrhythmias)
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Increased cholesterol
  • Hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis)

Other Health Problems

  • Morning headaches
  • Impotence
  • Acid reflux (GERD)
  • Nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism)
  • Death