If your snoring does not resolve with simple measures, I recommend that you speak with an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) physician who spe - | cializes in snoring. More drastic cases may require surgery, which will enlarge and stabilize the airway by stiffening the palate. Some forms of surgery can be performed in the doctor’s office under local anesthesia .
Snore plasty injections are one of the easiest forms of treatment. This procedure is done by injecting an agent into the back of the soft palate that creates a small scar, which helps reduce the vibrations. You may re - ! quire multiple injections over the course of this treatment: each one lasts between 3 months and 1 year. A second procedure, known as somno - plasty, involves using radiofrequency to cause scarring in the palatal mus - | cle to stiffen the palate. Another new procedure involves inserting three | tiny implants, made of woven polyester material, into the palate muscle structure. This operation, known as the pillar procedure, also stiffens the soft palate. Finally, a laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) can be per - j formed. This procedure tends to be a bit more painful. During this procedure, the surgeon numbs your throat and uses a laser to make cuts into the palate and at the same time shortens and/or removes the uvula. Each of these surgeries claims to have a success rate of close to 90 percent. However, your surgeon must figure out exactly where the problem is to
understand which procedure is right for you. They all seem to be effective, although some ENTs are more familiar with one procedure than another. It’s best to choose a physician you are comfortable with, and see which technique he or she prefers.
Sinus and nasal surgery may also resolve your snoring. While there is no specific sinus surgery that treats snoring direcdy, any improvement made to your nasal air flow will positively affect your nighttime breathing and improve your overall sleep.
Andre was more than willing to share his snoring story. Andre was a 45-year-old oral surgeon who came to see me about his snoring. He suffered from chronic sinusitis and a septal deviation and had surgery for his problems. Yet he still continued to snore so loudly that he woke up everyone in the house. I decided to do a pillar procedure. Within one week of the surgery, Andre was pleased to report that he no longer snored, and his entire family is sleeping more peacefully.