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Snoring Surgery: What are the best options?

Many people consider the option of snoring surgery. Snoring is more than just an annoyance and inconvenience; it’s something that can cause damage to your throat, mouth, lungs, and even your ears depending on the volume! Of course, it is not necessarily the actual snorer who is looking at having surgery it is just as likely to be the long suffering partner.

Happily there are several options available when it comes to snoring surgery. Some are very quick and painless and are done on an outpatient basis alone whereas others are more involved and of course riskier. The first thing you need to do when considering any snoring surgery is of course have your doctor or dentist pinpoint the exact cause of your snoring. Which type of surgery you require will be evident by the answer to this. Somnoplasty is one type of surgery. Somnoplasty refers to a cutting away or stiffening and tightening of the tissue in and around the soft palate, which is the area at the roof of the mouth in the back. When there is excessive tissue in this area or the tissue is somewhat flabby, it will vibrate when a person breathes through their mouth at night causing snoring. On the whole somnoplasty as a surgery option is quite straightforward and relatively painless. Some patients only experience mild discomfort and can get back to normal the very next day.

Some may need a tonsillectomy as a surgery to cure snoring. If the tonsils, adenoids, uvula, or other areas of the throat are swollen or infected these too can cause snoring as they will vibrate when a person breathes. A successful snoring cure can result from having any of these removed. Of course this type of surgery is a bit more complicated and may require an overnight hospital stay or a longer recovery time. Any surgery to cure snoring that you’re considering should be given careful consideration and preparation. Not every surgery will work for everyone but most are very successful.