Snoring is a condition that affects 45% of normal adults and can be a signal that something is seriously wrong with one’s breathing during sleep. Men are generally more likely to snore than pre-menopausal women, however: women who have gone through menopause are just as likely to snore as men. Children generally do not snore unless they have enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
- Poor muscle tone in the throat and the tongue.
- Alcohol and sleeping pills relax the muscles too much, causing snoring.
- A long soft palate and uvula narrows the passage from the nose to the throat – They can flutter
during relaxed breathing causing snoring.
- Deformities in the nose or nasal septum – Deviated septum refers to a malformation in the
wall that separates the nostrils.
Radiofrequency Soft Palate Treatment
Radiofrequency Soft Palate Treatment, an office-based procedure performed under local anesthesia, uses plasma energy to stiffen portions of the soft palate. Multiple treatment sessions may be required to achieve the desired results. Discomfort is minimal. Patients resume normal activities after the procedure.
Injection Snoreplasty is an office based procedure performed under local anesthesia that involves the injection of a hardening agent into the soft palate to reduce snoring. The hardening agent is injected into the tissue of the soft palate and subsequently creates a blister. Within a few days this blister creates scar tissue that prevents the soft palate from being vibrated by turbulent nasal airflow.
Enlarged tonsils and adenoids are a common cause of snoring and sleep disruption in children. The tonsils are clusters of lymphoid tissue in the back of the throat while the adenoids are a similar mound of tissue in the back of the nose. Although less commonly a problem in adults, some adults can receive excellent resolution of snoring through removal of enlarged tonsils and/or adenoids. As opposed to the above office-based procedures, tonsillectomy/adenoidectomy is an outpatient surgery performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. Most patients require a recovery time at home of approximately one week but may continue to experience a sore throat for two weeks.
Nasal congestion has been shown to cause or contribute to snoring. Nasal obstruction may result from many causes including allergies, polyps, septal deviation, and turbinate hypertrophy. Medical treatment options, such as a nasal steroid spray or allergy management may be helpful in some patients. Structural problems, such as a deviated septum, often benefit from surgical treatment. One surgical option, known as radiofrequency turbinate reduction (RFTR), can often be performed in the office setting under local anesthesia. RFTR uses radiofrequency plasma energy to shrink swollen tissues in each side of the nose. Other nasal surgeries, including septoplasty and polyp removal, are usually performed in the operating room under general anesthesia. In select patients, treatment of nasal congestion can result in improvement or resolution of snoring.
The physicians at Northwest ENT and Allergy can evaluate you and determine which treatment options best suits your needs. Please call 770-427-0368 to make an appointment at one of our locations.