Augusta ENT offers the best treatment options for patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Forty-five percent of American adults snore occasionally, and 25 percent are habitual snorers. While many consider it a mere nuisance, snoring is actually a sleep disorder that can be the sign of a serious medical condition. What Causes Snoring When you sleep, your tongue, throat muscles and soft palate relax. If they relax too much, they can droop backward and block your airway, vibrating together when you breathe. This causes the telltale noisy sounds associated with snoring. The more the airway is obstructed, the louder the snoring will be.
There are several factors that increase the odds you will snore. People with bulky throat tissue or an enlarged soft palate are more at risk for snoring, as are those who experience frequent nasal congestion, have a deviated septum, nasal polyps, enlarged tonsils or adenoids as well as those who drink alcohol before bedtime. The typical snorer is overweight, male and over the age of 40. Snoring tends to worsen with age. In some individuals, the airway becomes so obstructed that breathing is interrupted; this leads to a serious medical condition known as sleep apnea.
Although all options cure some, no options cure all. That is why we take a holistic approach to your snoring problems and make our recommendations based on experience and clinical science. Together, we seek to give you the best possible solutions to your snoring problem.
In addition to CPAP therapy and traditional surgical procedures, Augusta ENT also offers a wide-variety of minimally-invasive, office-based procedures.
- Pillar Procedure. Polyester filament is injected into the soft palate to stiffen it and reduce snoring.
- Uvulectomy. The uvula is excised, which can take less than 15 minutes.
- Radiofrequency ablation. Also known as somnoplasty, this procedure uses radio signals to shrink the tissue of the soft palate, tongue base and nasal tissue.
- Oral appliances. These reposition the lower jaw to help relieve snoring.
- Additional options available based on patient needs
Make an appointment today by calling 706-868-5676
In the meantime, try some of these lifestyle modifications to quiet your snoring:
- Sleep on your side instead of your back
- Lose weight • Avoid alcohol before bedtime
- Treat allergies
- Eliminate exposure to tobacco smoke