Do you have a snoring issue? Can’t sleep at night and your partner started to complain?
It might be hard to stop snoring on your own, it’s nothing you can control. First, you need to know what’s causing it so you can prevent it.
Today, we’re going to answer three important questions you ask yourself every day.
Q1. What makes you snore?
Snoring is a result of turbulent airflow causing the tissues (of the roof of your mouth and throat) to vibrate; producing the sound of snoring during sleep.
So with the breathing air passing through a smaller opening, it makes the surrounding tissues to vibrate.
Snoring isn’t a general case; it could be a sign of illness, alcohol, or taking heavy medications.
Saying that snoring can be a sign of a more serious health condition could make us think of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA); A repetitive stops of breathing that occurs during sleep.
To figure whether or not you have OSA, you should have a sleep evaluation done by trained physician.
The narrowing place varies from the nose, mouth, or throat; Often worse if caused by nasal obstruction, causing you to breath from your mouth.
Q2. Would I Need Snoring Surgery?
Yes, in some cases you would. But before thinking of snoring surgery you should try to avoid it by skipping drinking alcohol about 4 hours before bedtime, sleeping on your side or stomach and trying to lose some weight.
If you don’t have any of these problems or even tried with no results, that’s when a surgery steps in.
There are few types of surgeries for snoring that can be very effective:
- Soft Palate Surgery
- Pillar Procedure
- Palate Coblation
These surgeries are rarely used when every other snoring treatment have failed.
The soft palate surgery is to stiffen the soft palate which stops the vibration; a very effective snoring surgery.
The pillar procedure surgery involves inserting 3 polyester implants into the soft palate working to numb it down. This one seems to work better for patients with small tonsils (or had them removed) and patients with average weight.
Sometimes there’s an excessive nasal polyps or abnormal shaped septum that requires a surgery to be fixed or removed; called the Septoplasty snoring surgery.
Somnoplasty is using heat to fix the tissues of the soft palate and uvula area to prevent snoring. Not a sleep apnea surgery as most people think.
Palate Coblation surprisingly takes 30 minutes to be done. The doctor in this surgery uses radio energy to stiffen the soft palate, this method is used to heal from cases like sleep apnea snoring.
Q3. What are Snoring Surgery Success rates?
By looking at the numbers; The snoring surgery should have about 25% to 30% success rate.
Not only that, you get a success rate of 95% if you address the upper & lower jaws altogether.
After all, it’s very important you find a reliable surgeon.
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