Injection Snoreplasty: FSA Eligibility
What is an injection snoreplasty?
Sometimes, people snore. It can be loud, and it's not uncommon – almost half of American adults snore occasionally, and a quarter of American adults snore habitually. Snoring isn't fun for anyone, but an injection snoreplasty can make sleeping great again by filling an anesthetized portion of the upper palate with a hardening agent that forms a small blister, which results in scar tissue that tugs forward the throat portions which flutter while sleep-breathing, also known as snoring. Once that uvula has been tugged forward and palatal fluttering has been reduced – perhaps even eliminated entirely — the injection snoreplasty has done its job (The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston).
An injection snoreplasty sounds painful and scary!
Local anesthetic makes the injection snoreplasty less painful, and perhaps there won't be any feeling at all. There will be soreness after the injection, for which doctors may recommend analgesics, throat sprays, or other numbing agents. The alternative to an injection snoreplasty is either being very tired or surrounded by tired and unhappy people, or newer procedures that effectively reduce the size of the upper palate for a similar result, using mechanisms such as lasers or radiofrequency volumetric reduction.
Should I get an injection snoreplasty?
It's best to ask a doctor, first. A doctor will have to write a Letter of Medical Necessity (LMN) anyway in order to have the procedure reimbursed with a consumer-directed healthcare account. While an injection snoreplasty is not as invasive as other procedures to reduce snoring, a doctor's input is obviously important to have.