Snoring is an obvious problem for millions of people (and their respective partners). If a person’s snoring is very loud, we use the term heroic snoring to describe the intensity of the problem. As snoring becomes louder, some patients will develop obstructive sleep apnea. Click here to read about how we diagnose and treat sleep apnea.
Snoring and sleep apnea are common problems, and are really a continuum of disease. On one end of the spectrum are people with what we call simple snoring, which is incredibly common. Recent studies show that over one third of adults snore at least a few nights a week. However, on the other end of the spectrum are people with severe sleep apnea.
In the case of the snorer who does not have sleep apnea, the sounds of snoring are due to the flaccidity of the soft palate and uvula at the back of the mouth. Nasal airway restriction can also be a contributing factor. If you’re in search of snoring solutions for yourself or your loved one, we have an answer at Northwest Face & Body.
Here at Northwest Face & Body, therapeutic treatment begins with careful diagnosis. We know that when you come to a doctor’s office you have to fill out endless forms. Instead, we have devised a questionnaire that gets to the heart of the matter and lets us know the important information that will allow us to determine the extent of your problem in an efficient manner. Click here to download the questionnaire so that you can fill it out prior to your visit.
We extensively evaluate all of our patients prior to offering options of therapy. Our ENT physicians will perform an upper airway evaluation, including an endoscopic exam. In many cases, a sleep study will need to be performed in order to determine if there is any problem with obstructive sleep apnea.
Once we have obtained all the necessary information on a particular patient, we’ll create a customized treatment plan. For simple snoring, the treatment plan is relatively straightforward and minimally invasive. For sleep apnea patients, treatment options will include weight loss, C-PAP devices, surgical management, and more.
We use the surgical procedure somnoplasty to offer a little to no pain therapy for both snoring and sleep apnea. By reducing and tightening the obstructive tissue in the back of the mouth, we’re able to markedly reduce – or entirely eliminate – snoring in the vast majority of patients. To learn more about Somnoplasty at Northwest Face & Body, contact us today!
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