Snoring Surgery in Denver, CO
Snoring is natural. Unfortunately, it can still disrupt your sleep cycle, impair your quality of life, and — in some cases — be indicative of a more serious condition: sleep apnea. No matter what, our specialists will uncover the root cause of your snoring and help you find long-term relief.
What Causes Snoring?
When you fall asleep, the tissues in the back of your throat relax and fall toward each other. As you breathe, air passes through the soft tissues, causing them to shift, bump, and rattle around — the sounds that are commonly referred to as snoring.
Here are a few factors that influence whether you snore or not:
- How much tissue you have in the back of your throat
- The amount of space in your nose
- How relaxed your muscles are when you sleep
- Whether you’re suffering from nasal obstruction due to congestion
So, why do some people snore loudly while others are ultra-quiet? Though there are several reasons, the biggest factor is the amount of tissue in your throat, which is impacted by:
- The size of your tonsils
- The length of your pallet
- Your overall weight
To reduce the severity of your snoring and get back to a healthy sleep schedule, you’ll need to open up the airway in the back of your throat. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some common treatments for snoring.
If you’re hoping to eliminate snoring from your life, there are plenty of strategies you can try, both at home and in a specialist’s office.
As the first line of defense, you’ll want to decrease muscle relaxation, which should help with your snoring. Because alcohol, sleeping pills, and antihistamines often increase muscle relaxation, you should try to:
- Avoid alcohol near bedtime.
- Take your allergy medicines earlier in the day.
- Refrain from using sleeping pills.
Losing weight, trying out oral appliances, and sleeping on your side are also great ways to treat snoring.
When you sleep on your back, gravity pulls the tissues in your mouth downwards, increasing the intensity of your snoring. Adjusting your position can open the passages in your mouth and throat, allowing for better airflow — and a restful slumber!
If you’ve tried these solutions without success, it’s time to see an ENT specialist. They’ll conduct an in-depth examination of your sleep patterns, then potentially move forward with one of the following procedures:
A deviated septum, which occurs when the structure that separates your nostrils is off-center, can cause snoring and sleep apnea. A septoplasty will straighten the bone and cartilage between your nostrils, improving breathing and alleviating some of the symptoms of your sleep disorder.
Though it sounds complicated, a UPPP is actually relatively straightforward. During this procedure, a surgeon will remove excess tissue from your throat to open up some extra breathing room.
This soft tissue can come from a number of areas:
- Soft palate
Instead of removing bulky throat tissue, a specialist might perform the pillar procedure, which aims to reduce snoring by stiffening the tissue in the soft palate.
After administering local anesthesia, the surgeon will place between three and five polyester implants into your tissue. Though it takes several months for the implants to be completely incorporated into your soft palate, the procedure itself takes less than an hour.
If swollen tonsils are the culprit behind your snoring, a tonsillectomy is the best way to resolve the problem. Removing your tonsils will open up your airways, restoring your regular sleep patterns — sometimes permanently!
Palate Radiofrequency Tightening (Somnoplasty)
Radiofrequency tissue ablation is a cutting-edge technique that shrinks the soft palate using radio signals. This treatment cuts and coagulates tissues in the back of the throat, helping to clear up breathing obstructions for lasting relief.
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Sleep Study for Sleep Apnea
Normally, when you snore, the tissues at the back of your throat bump into each other briefly, then release as you continue to breathe. In severe cases, though, the tissues can collapse entirely, blocking your airway for prolonged periods. This condition has a special name: obstructive sleep apnea.
If you or your bed partner suspects that you’re suffering from sleep apnea, it’s crucial that you meet with an ENT doctor. Sleep apnea has significant health impacts, including:
- High blood pressure
- Increased risk of stroke or coma
- Increased risk of heart attack
How a Sleep Study Works
To get a better understanding of your apnea, you can do an at-home sleep study.
During the study, our specialists will collect valuable data on your sleep patterns. We’ll learn if you stop breathing while sleeping, how often it happens, and how long it lasts. The sleep study machine will also show us how snoring affects your heart rate and blood oxygen levels.
Though wearing a mask to bed is one way to treat sleep apnea, we’ve found that many patients can’t tolerate the bulkiness of the mask. Instead, they opt for a surgical procedure to enlarge their airways, improve their breathing, and help them get a good night’s sleep.
When to See a Doctor
Here’s a general rule to follow: If your snoring begins to interfere with your daily life, it’s time to see a doctor. These are some examples of how that might look:
- You get out of bed groggy each morning
- You find yourself nodding off at school or losing focus during work
- You wake up suddenly during the night — once, or multiple times
- Your partner’s sleep quality is suffering because of your snoring
Sleep apnea is nothing to take lightly. If you feel your breathing stop during the night, or your partner hears your breathing come to a halt, you should schedule an appointment with a specialist as soon as you can.
Denver’s Snoring Specialists
We realize how frustrating it is to have your sleep interrupted by snoring. Thankfully, you don’t have to put up with it forever! Our team at Advanced ENT will uncover the root cause of your snoring and craft a treatment plan just for you — one that fits your goals, routines, and lifestyle.
If you’re ready to wake up feeling refreshed and say goodbye to snoring for good, give us a call at (303) 792-3242 or contact us online today.