Severe snoring associated with sleep apnea
A small percentage of people may be snoring as a result of sleep apnea, a serious medical condition. As a rule, doctors recommend invasive procedures (oral appliances, assisted breathing devices and/or surgery) only for patients whose snoring is associated with or caused by sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition in which breathing is interrupted for seconds at a time. Studies have shown that Continuous Positive Airway Pressure is an effective (if uncomfortable) treatment for severe snoring, and new types of uvular surgery have also shown promise. These are expensive remedies, however, and are not indicated for mild, "nuisance" snoring.