Snoring is most commonly caused by fluttering of the uvula (the thing hanging down in the back of your throat) and soft palate against the back of your throat. Not all people who snore have OSA. Treatment for snoring is aimed at stiffening the soft palate to decrease or eliminate the vibration of these structures:
- Pillar® implants can treat your snoring in a single office visit under local anesthesia.
- radio frequency treatment through Somnoplasty® or Coblation® can be used to shrink the tissue in the soft palate. Although this is a minor office procedure, favorable results may require multiple treatments.
- surgery to remove the uvula or trim the soft palate (uvulopalatopharyngoplasty or UPPP)
While trouble breathing from your nose will not worsen OSA, it may affect the quality of your sleep. In certain individuals, CPAP may be the best treatment option, but difficulty with nasal breathing may limit its use. Our experts can improve your nasal breathing through a variety of treatment options.
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