- 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.
- Your doctor may recommend cutting out certain tissues of the soft palate to remove the obstructing tissue.
G Richard Braen, MD, FACEP
Steven C Gabaeff, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Thomas Rebbecchi, MD, FAAEM
Must Read Articles Related to Snoring
Obstructive and Central Sleep Apnea
There are two types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (the most common type) and central sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can be caused by many factors such as st...learn more >>
Sleep Disorders and Aging
Are you one of millions of seniors in the US who think life would be pretty good if you could just get some sleep?
Sleep disturbances are very common ...learn more >>
Sleep Disorders in Women
Women are twice as likely as men to have difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep. Younger women have sounder sleep with fewer disturbances. Some women, ho...learn more >>