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Solve Snoring without the Mask

By Aaron Robinson, MD March 01, 2024 Posted in: Wellness

Good sleep can feel like the impossible dream for snorers who struggle with C-pap, the mask and machine that uses mild air pressure to keep airways open. While it can work well, some people avoid even getting evaluated for snoring because they assume the C-Pap will be their only option. 

The good news is an innovative device is helping snorers get a good night’s rest and reducing their risk of health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes – all without the need to wear a mask while you sleep. 

How Does it Work?

The small, implantable, pacemaker-like device provides gentle stimulation to your throat muscles, which helps your airway remain open during sleep. 

What people see is the remote control you turn on every night. What they don’t see is the tiny devices placed under the skin of the neck and chest. While you sleep, they sync with your breathing patterns and deliver mild stimulation to airway muscles to keep breathing passages open. 

Snorers find it is quite effective. Our data shows that 85% of those who undergo the procedure will go from having severe sleep apnea to having mild or no sleep apnea at all. It does require an outpatient surgery to implant the device, and patients must meet certain qualifications. 

What Are the Qualifications?


  • Outpatient surgery requires two small incisions, takes less than an hour and you’ll go home the same day. 

  • The battery lasts 11 years and can be replaced with a brief outpatient surgery.

  • Complications are similar to any other minor surgery and include weakness or numbness of the lips or tongue which goes away in about a week.

  • Insurance covers the procedure for those who qualify. Most will only pay a deductible; there’s no cost with Medicare. 


  • 22 years of age or older

  • Diagnosis of moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea 

  • Unable to use or struggle to get benefit from C-pap machine

  • Not significantly overweight

Don’t let a weight issue prevent you from exploring this option. Our obesity medicine specialist works with people to help them lose the weight needed to qualify for the procedure. It’s part of our unique approach to comprehensive evaluation and treatment, which includes Inspire and other surgical and nonsurgical options. Together, we can find the right solution for you. 

Other Snoring Treatment Options:

  • Steroid nasal spray to relieve nasal congestion

  • Dental appliances that hold the tongue in place  

  • Device for stiffening the outer walls of the nose

  • Procedure to freeze the nerve related to nasal congestion

  • Surgical septoplasty (move septum to middle of nose), tonsillectomy and more 

If you are concerned about your snoring, talk to your primary care provider today. Treating this condition can result in better sleep and significantly reduce your risk for sleep-related health conditions like obesity, depression, heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Aaron Robinson, MD
Aaron Robinson, MD

Dr. Aaron Robinson is an Ear, Nose and Throat provider with CHI Health ENT Nebraska.

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