Every fourth adult snores, men snore more often than women, and snoring increases with age. Various factors influence it. Snoring noises are generated by the vibration of tissue in the throat area, with the soft palate and uvula playing a key role.
Snoring can be harmless to one's health. On the other hand, those who snore often suffer more from high blood pressure and heart disease. Increased resistance in the upper airways not only leads to snoring noises, but in the case of complete obstruction, may be linked to sleep apnea, with its associated medical conditions.
Those factors that influence snoring, such as blocked breathing through the nose, should be treated. As a rule, a family doctor will refer patients to a specialist who will examine the upper airways. Further diagnosis may be necessary, and can involve endoscopies, x-rays, measuring oxygen levels at night, or a visit to a sleep laboratory.
The information provided by the patient about his or her condition and our careful examinations and diagnosis permit us to suggest a suitable therapy.
Laser treatment, technically called laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty, inhibits the vibration of the soft palate and the uvula. Removal of excess tissue by the laser creates scarring and thus a stiffening of the soft areas in the palate. The operation itself takes only 30–45 minutes under local anesthesia, and is done on an outpatient basis. This treatment can be repeated after 6 to 8 weeks should the first treatment provide insufficient relief. We will be glad to inform you personally of the potential risks of this procedure.
Using a probe, temperature-controlled radio frequency energy is given off in the soft palate area. This creates a wound which subsequently scars, leading to stabilizing the tissue: vibrations of the soft palate are thereby reduced, as are the snoring noises. The treatment takes place under local anesthesia, and is done on an outpatient basis. This treatment can be repeated after 6 to 8 weeks should the initial treatment provide insufficient relief. We will be glad to inform you personally of the potential risks of this procedure.