Apart from being noisy and bothersome for sleeping partners, snoring can have a detrimental effect on your quality of sleep and daily lifestyle. Snoring results from a partially obstructed airway and disrupts your breathing patterns. Nearly half of American adults regularly snore. Many do not seek treatment, but those who do are often recommended one of these snoring solutions.
The Pillar Procedure
The Pillar Procedure treats snoring and mild or moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Most often, a physician administers treatment in an office setting. The procedure involves three miniscule polyester implants set into the soft palate. This helps strengthen the soft palate, so it does not collapse and induce snoring.
Also an in-office treatment, turbinate coblation employs radio frequency technology to expel tissue in the nose causing chronic nasal obstruction, allowing for easier breathing during sleep.
Palate coblation stiffens the soft palate using radio frequency energy to form notches in the surface of the soft palate. This leads to natural formation of scar tissue and a stronger soft palate.
If enlarged tonsils are to blame for your snoring, a tonsillectomy is a non-surgical remedy. This treatment uses lasers to effectively reduce the size of your tonsils.
To treat mild to moderate OSA, our sleep specialist may provide you with an oral appliance. This is small, plastic, and designed to fit your specific mouth and teeth. Wearing an oral appliance during sleep keeps the tongue from falling backward and obstructing your airway.
You may need surgery if you suffer from a severe case of sleep apnea. Most surgical procedures of this nature are minimally invasive and can be completed in under an hour. Our specialists do not rush into surgical action. We take the time to assess your individualized case and prescribe proper treatment for your snoring. Consult our specialists today to find out if your require surgery or if another treatment option may work for you.
CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure. This method is used to treat both snoring and sleep apnea. CPAP involves a mask worn over the nose during sleep. Pressurized air is pumped from a machine and into your airway to keep it from collapsing.
When your nasal septum, the thin inner wall of cartilage and bone dividing your nose in two, is crooked, it is called a deviated septum. Having a deviated septum can lead to extreme cases of snoring. A septoplasty involves cutting into the nose and straightening the crooked cartilage. This is an internal surgery, so your outward appearance and nose should remain the same following the treatment.
If you are snoring due to having a large uvula, the soft tissue hanging down from the back of the throat, a uvulectomy may help your condition. This procedure involves removal of excess tissue for less uvular vibrations and thus less disruptive snoring.
To relieve an inflamed sinus, a balloon sinuplasty is often performed. This procedure involves spraying saline into your sinus opening to effectively remove any blocked pus or mucus. This treatment opens up the sinuses, allowing for sinus drainage to occur once again as it should.
If you are having problems snoring, consult our sleep specialist to find the right treatment for you.