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THE DENTAL SLEEP
MEDICINE PRACTICE
OF DR. ROBERT DELCANHO
TREATMENT FOR SNORING Call DentSLEEP 1-300-1-76673

Treatment with Dental
Devices

Four other Strategies
to minimise Snoring

Surgery in the Throat
Area

SURGERY IN THE THROAT AREA

If the other strategies don't help, surgical intervention could be considered. The most common surgical procedure for treating snoring is laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP). This technique removes a portion of the soft palate and most of the uvula. The treatment is often done in-office by a qualified surgeon. This treatment can be effective in reducing snoring. It is less effective for treating people with moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea.

A similar, but more extensive surgical procedure called uvulopalatopharyngioplasty (UPPP) is done in the hospital. This procedure removes all of the uvula and about one-third of the soft palate. It requires a longer healing time, and it can be effective for treating people with snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea. It is not as effective for treating people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.

Somnoplasty (radio frequency surgery) is a minor surgical procedure completed in the specialist’s office using local anesthesia and a customized electrode that delivers radio frequency energy to the tongue and/or soft palate. This treatment reduces snoring by creating scarring which decreases vibration of the tissues.

Pillar Strips implanted in the soft palate to stiffen it. This procedure appears to have fallen out of favour with surgeons due to poor success rate.

A note about surgical intervention. DentSLEEP Clinic recommends that surgery be a last resort to stop snoring unless there is definite obstruction to airflow by enlarged anatomically normal soft tissue or in the presence of pathology. Surgery to stop snoring is very painful post operatively and results demonstrate only 30 - 50 % effectiveness. Side effects can be regurgitation of food and altered tone of voice. Furthermore the surgery has little impact on any associated sleep apnoea.

   
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