Surgery for Snoring: The Important Things to Know and Understand

There are several things to understand about the surgery for snoring. If you would like to learn more, you should click here.

Snoring can have an incredibly disruptive effect on your health. Not only does it interrupt your sleep, but it affects your partner’s quality of sleep, which could eventually impact your relationship in the long run.

But what exactly is snoring and what causes this unusual habit? While most people tend to snore every now and then, it can be a chronic, debilitating issue for others. If surgery for snoring is the corrective option you’re considering, here’s what it involves…

What Causes Snoring? 

Snoring is characterized by a harsh, vibrating sound that comes from the mouth and throat. It’s caused by airflow that moves past relaxed tissues in the throat, causing these tissues to vibrate. Once you have fallen into a deep sleep, the muscles in the soft palate, throat, and tongue completely relax. These muscles can partially block your airway, which leads to vibration and the sound of snoring.  

Snoring is extremely common, but it could also point to a more sinister health condition- such as sleep apnea

Snoring is caused by the physiological composition of your mouth, throat, and nasal passages. But it can also result from being overweight, excessive alcohol consumption, allergies, and more. 

Complications Associated with Snoring 

Aside from being a nuisance to your partner, chronic snoring can put you at risk of a myriad of health complications. Just some of these include: 

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Frequent confusion, irritability, or frustration caused by everyday tasks 
  • An inability to concentrate 
  • Increased heart rate and higher blood pressure levels 
  • An increased risk of accidents due to lack of sleep and drowsiness 

While there are a number of natural, self-help options to manage the habit of snoring, these are often temporary solutions. This is where surgery to stop snoring could be worth considering. 

Surgery For Snoring: Successful Options 

There are a number of successful surgical options to reduce snoring and treat serious conditions such as sleep apnea: 

1. A Palatal Implant or Pillar Procedure 

This is a simple surgery that is successfully used to reduce snoring and treat severe cases of sleep apnea. Small polyester rods are implanted into the soft upper palate of the mouth. Each rod is just 18 millimeters in length and 1.5 millimeters in diameter, allowing the palate tissue to heal around the implants. As the tissue heals, the implants stiffen, tightening up any loose tissue of the soft palate which is causing snoring. 

2. Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA)

This procedure is a little more extensive and involves surgery on both the upper and lower jaws. Essentially, both jaws are moved forward in order to open up your airway. This extra space in the airway reduces the chance of obstruction, thereby reducing snoring and cases of sleep apnea. 

People who typically undergo this procedure might have a pre-existing facial deformity that affects their breathing. 

3. Septoplasty and Turbinate Reduction

The physical composition of the bones and tissue inside your nose can cause snoring or sleep apnea. This is where these two surgeries come in handy to help solve snoring or sleep apnea issues. A septoplasty involves the straightening of the tissues and bones in the center of the nose. A turbinate reduction decreases the size of the tissue inside your nose which could obstruct airflow.  

4. Midline Glossectomy and Lingualplasty

This surgery is used to reduce the size of the tongue which could be blocking the airway as you sleep. Essentially, this procedure involves removing parts of the middle and back of the tongue, thereby reducing its size. It could also involve the removal of the tonsils and parts of the epiglottis. 

Find Specialized Surgery For Snoring with Dr. Day 

At the Oral and Facial Surgery Center, Dr. Day offers specialty surgery options to help solve your snoring or sleep apnea troubles.

If you’ve been considering surgery for snoring, be sure to get in touch with our team, schedule an appointment and meet with Dr. Day to discuss your options…

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