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Snoring (cont.)

What surgery options are available to help stop snoring?

  • Most snoring procedures are focused on stiffening the soft tissues of the palate or roof of the mouth. This can be done through a variety of methods that generate scar tissue.
  • Somnoplasty: This is an outpatient surgical procedure performed with the patient under local anesthetic. It takes about a half-hour. During the procedure, a small electrode is placed in your anesthetized soft palate and heated up. The heat that is generated by the electrode causes the extra soft tissue at the back of the throat to shrink and contract over a few weeks.
  • Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy involves removing the tonsils and adenoids from the back of the throat. This is not commonly done in adults with snoring being the primary indication. However, in children this is a common method to address sleep disordered breathing including frequent, recurrent snoring.
  • Your doctor may recommend cutting out certain tissues of the soft palate to remove the obstructing tissue.

What is the outlook for a person who snores?

With proper treatment, most people with snoring-related problems improve. People who have obstructive sleep apnea will most likely benefit greatly with treatment. Any improvement in the condition will most likely result in more restful sleep and a reduction in daytime fatigue.

  • Sleeping partners appreciate almost any reduction in snoring-related noise.
  • It is generally well worth the effort to have this condition evaluated.

Medically reviewed by a Board Certified Family Practice Physician

REFERENCE:

"Treatment of adults with snoring"
UpToDate.com


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/1/2016
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