Snoring: Medical Treatments

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th February 2020.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when laser surgery to cure snoring will be available on the NHS.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

There are no current plans to make laser surgery for snoring routinely available on the National Health Service. Any such technology would need to be assessed by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) before it can be considered for use by the NHS.

NICE has recommended continuous positive airway pressure devices as a treatment option for adults with moderate or severe symptomatic obstructive sleep apnoea or hypopnoea syndrome, where certain clinical criteria are met.

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