HAVEN'T YOU SUFFERED FROM LONG ENOUGH?
What causes snoring?
Snoring occurs when floppy tissue in the airway relaxes during sleep and vibrates. Most snoring is caused by an enlarged soft palate and uvula at the back of the mouth, though the tongue, tonsils, adenoids, and congested nasal passages can also contribute to the sound. The level of snoring can be aggravated by excess weight, alcohol intake, and smoking.
Is snoring dangerous to my health?
Snoring may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious disorder in which the snorer stops breathing several times an hour during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to daytime drowsiness, poor work performance, hazardous driving, as well as elevated blood pressure, an enlarged heart, and other disorders of the heart and lungs. Your physician will perform a full examination to determine whether you are a "simple snorer" or if you have a more significant breathing disorder. Either condition may be easily treated - simple snoring with the Somnoplasty procedure and obstructive sleep apnea by a variety of other approaches.
How will my snoring be treated?
Non-surgical approaches include weight loss, avoiding alcohol before bedtime, regular sleep patterns, sleeping on your side rather than your back, avoiding sleeping pills, or the use of an oral appliance to reposition the jaw during sleep. A variety of traditional surgeries are available to reduce excess tissue.
A revolutionary new treatment is now available. The Somnoplasty procedure gently reduces and stiffens the tissues in the soft palate and uvula, and does so without the pain associated with conventional and laser-assisted surgeries.
What is Somnoplasty?
Somnoplasty uses low-power, low-temperature radiofrequency energy to treat a well defined area in the uvula or soft palate. The procedure takes place in the physician's office under local anesthesia. Radiofrequency energy is delivered beneath the surface layer of the soft palate. The treated tissue is heated just enough to create an area of coagulation. Over the next four to six weeks the treated tissue is naturally removed from the body, reducing the volume and stiffening the area responsible for your snoring.
There may be some swelling and discomfort for a few days following the procedure. During the next month or so you should experience a gradual decrease in your snoring. Depending on your level of snoring, the Somnoplasty procedure may need to be repeated. Since the delicate lining of the palate is protected, the Somnoplasty procedure is virtually painless and allows for a quick recovery.
Radiofrequency energy is delivered beneath the surface layer of the soft palate
The treated tissue is heated just enough to create an area of coagulation
Over the next four to six weeks the treated tissue shrinks and tightens