Snoring can be quite a nuisance to both you and your partner. Besides keeping your partner awake all night long and stripping away his / her productivity the following morning, chronic snoring is also a sign of a rather serious health condition that you may have to address at the earliest. You may have tried making a few lifestyle changes and even used the numerous devices available in the market to put an end to your snoring, which may have worked momentarily. However, if you’re looking to achieve long-term relief, you may want to look into certain surgical procedures that can do the trick.
- Treat nasal snoring with septoplasty:
If you are a nasal snorer, then considering septoplasty can help clear out blockages in the nasal cavity, enabling the air to pass freely through the airway. In some cases, there is a possibility of deviation in the septum. Essentially, this is the partition that separates the two nostrils. This misshapen structure leads to blockage, which can lead to difficulty in breathing and eventually lead to snoring.
What happens in septoplasty?
The procedure itself is of a rather short duration. You can expect to be done within an hour’s time. Essentially, the doctor treats the deviation directly by straightening out the imperfections. Nasal snorers can benefit immensely from this procedure as it also helps cure chronic snoring caused by sleep apnea. Not only does this procedure eliminate the blockages clearing out the airways, it does so without causing any changes to the outward appearance of the nose itself.
- Heal the soft palate with somnoplasty:
The inside of a mouth comprises both a soft and a hard palate. Simply put, the latter is also known as the roof of the mouth. The soft palate, however, is further back near the base of the throat. As the name suggests, it is much meatier. A rather relaxed soft palate can encourage more vibration, which leads to louder snoring. In order to counter this problem, shrinking of the soft palate tissue is essential. This is done through somnoplasty. A radiofrequency signal of low-intensity helps achieve this easily.
What to expect after the procedure?
You will find that your snoring gets worse after the surgery. However, there is no need to be alarmed. This is normal and happens due to the swollen tissue post-surgery, which would take a few weeks to heal completely. It may also be a good idea to sleep at a slight elevation using a couple of extra pillows. This ensures quick healing.
- Opt for palatoplasty for your soft palate:
Another option to shrink your soft palate so as to minimize the vibrations and thus the snoring is to choose palatoplasty as your preferred surgery method. In this procedure, an electric current is passed through electrodes that go into the soft palate. The subsequent currents help harden the soft palate, which causes a drastic reduction in the vibration. Experiencing sore throat is a very common consequence of this type of surgery, Nonetheless, it also begins to heal within a couple of days. The overall reduction in snoring would be noticeable only after about a month’s time. In addition to suffering from a sore throat, you may also have some trouble while swallowing. These would ideally subside as the soft palate begins to heal.
- Go for the pillar procedure:
The name of this procedure itself is self-explanatory where polyester implants, which are also referred to as pillars, are inserted into the soft palate in the back of the throat. No more than 5 implants can be used at a time and the insertion of this structure helps minimize the vibrations caused in the throat. It helps clear out the airway, enabling air to pass freely, thereby reducing the instances of snoring dramatically. There are very few risk factors associated with this kind of a surgery. You will experience slight swelling after the procedure, which is quite natural. Once it heals within a few days, you would experience a drastic difference in your snoring.
- Count on nasal polypectomy:
This is a surgical procedure designed for nasal snorers. Within your nasal passage lie polyps that are essentially non-cancerous in nature. Their existence in your nasal passage does not cause you any kind of harm; it does however, block this passage, which eventually leads to snoring. Performing surgery to remove these nasal polyps can help clear the airway enabling air to pass through much freely. This may not be a permanent solution to your snoring problems as the growth of nasal polyps is unpredictable.
It goes without saying that snoring is an absolute nightmare. It interferes with peaceful sleep and also causes other health conditions. Surgical procedures may help tackle the problem of chronic snoring on a long-term basis. However, you may want to account for the cost that would be involved as surgery is an expensive affair. Besides, you may also want to confirm if your insurance would cover this kind of a surgery before signing up for it with your doctor.