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By Victor Strelzow, MD
August 03, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sleep Problems  

Think your only issue is keeping those in your household awake? Think again.

While your partner or your child might mock your loud snoring or you may even joke about snoring so loudly that you wake yourself up, you may want to consider the chance that there could be something else going on. Loud disruptive snoring can be a sign of sleep Sleep Apneaapnea, a serious sleep disorder that requires treatment from an ENT doctor like Dr. Victor Strelzow in Irvine, CA. Find out what treatment options are available to you.

Conservative Treatment Options: There are a variety of treatments available to you in Irvine, CA to treat your snoring and sleep disorders. Some non-invasive options include,

  • Positional therapy
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Oral appliance

Other Treatment Options: When you visit our ENT doctor, we will be able to provide a comprehensive evaluation to see which treatment options will be the best for your condition. Other common ways to treat sleep apnea-related snoring include,

  • Palatal stiffening procedures
  • Tonsillectomy
  • Nasal surgery

Palatal Stiffening Procedures

This includes several different options including palatial implants, snoreplasty injections and radiofrequency.

Palatial implants: By placing implants into the soft palate, we can greatly reduce the vibrations that cause snoring. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, is easy to place, offers long-term benefits and promises a fast recovery.

Snoreplasty: Also performed under local anesthesia, a chemical such as sodium tetradecyl sulfate is injected into the soft palate to stiffen the palate and reduce vibrations.

Radiofrequency: This in-office procedure applies heat to the soft palate to stiffen it and reduce vibrations. Radiofrequency may require several sessions in order to get the results you need.

Tonsillectomy

If large tonsils or adenoids are the root cause of your sleep problems or snoring, then they may need to be removed. This is often the most common way to treat these issues in children; however, it can still be a great treatment option for adults, as well. This procedure is a bit more invasive than the other ones above and is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia.

Nasal Surgery

Did you know that nasal congestion could be a cause of snoring? Deviated septums, allergies, nasal polyps and other obstructions can all contribute. While some people find relief through steroidal sprays and other medications, sometimes the only way to really fix the problem is to fix these nasal abnormalities. Just like a tonsillectomy, most of these procedures are also performed outpatient under general anesthesia.

Don’t let a sleep disorder keep you from the precious sleep you need. Turn to your Irvine ear, nose & throat clinic for the unique, individualized care you need to finally get a good nights rest.