By: Dr. Mitchell Josephs
Q: My husband snores horribly. We have tried all types of non-surgical methods, including some expensive dental devices that cost over $1500. Is there anything new to treat this problem? – “Louie” H. in Boynton
A: Many a couple have tried drastic measures: divorce, one-way tickets to Guam and an occasional tennis ball in the mouth (not necessarily in that order.) You are in luck. A new device called Aveo TSD has come to the rescue. The device looks like a pacifier and pulls the tongue forward by using suction, opening up the airway as the deeper parts of the tongue are pulled away from the soft palate and wind pipe.
Traditionally, dental devices were designed to pull the lower jaw forward by engaging the teeth themselves. The beauty of the Aveo is that it does not clip to any teeth. By prescription only by a dentist or physician, they come in three sizes, but 95% of patients use a medium. Expect to pay about $350 to $450 which includes two office visits plus the device itself.
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