Posted on: 22 August 2016
Snoring is not just a noise problem at night—it is also a health issue for the snorer. The problem is, someone who snores has problems with the soft tissues in the back of the throat or the nasal passages. When the soft tissues relax or become swollen from allergies, the person snores in his or her sleep. An ENT specialist can help, usually by offering several non-invasive devices and solutions first and then by offering snoring surgery. Here are three surgeries typically offered by an ENT specialist to help cure you of your late-night buzz saw sound.
Removing Adenoids and Tonsils
Adenoids and tonsils can swell at night. With the addition of relaxed muscle tissue around the tonsils and adenoids, these organs swell and then drop closer inward to the back of the throat. This blocks off part of your airway, making it impossible to breathe adequately while you sleep, ergo, the snoring. Your doctor could remove your adenoids, and if applicable, your tonsils as well. (If you had your tonsils removed as a kid, then the doctor would only have to take out your adenoids.)
Removing Your Uvula and/or Shortening Your Frenulum
Your uvula is that dangling piece of flesh in the back of your throat. Unless you are an opera singer, you do not really need it, and it may be contributing to your snoring. A long frenulum, which is the membrane under your tongue that holds it in place, may also be the problem. A long frenulum gives your tongue more leeway to slip backwards into your throat while you sleep, cutting off your airway. If your doctor chooses either of these procedures, he or she may remove the uvula and some of the surrounding tissues and/or shorten your frenulum just a little bit to tighten up the position of your tongue.
Working through Rhinoplasty
In worst case scenarios where snoring is having a terrible impact on the quality of sleep for you, your bed mate, and your overall health and quality of life, rhinoplasty may be an option. During a "nose job," your doctor will enlist the help of a plastic surgeon who will enlarge your sinuses and remove any polyps or problematic nasal tissue. This helps you breath in more deeply and take in more air without struggling to breathe. No struggle means you sleep peacefully and softly, with little to no snoring whatsoever. The added benefit is that you get a medically necessary nose job covered by many types of insurance.Share