Chronic Snoring Treatment
Chronic snoring is more than a nuisance – it’s a potentially serious medical condition that can require corrective surgery.
However, there’s an effective, nonsurgical, outpatient treatment for snoring called injection snoreplasty. It involves the injection of a hardening agent into the upper palate of the mouth, resulting in a reduction of the loudness and frequency of snoring.
Here’s how the injection snoreplasty procedure works:
Once the upper palate is numbed with a topic anesthetic, the hardening agent is injected just beneath the skin on the top of the mouth in front of the upper palate. This creates a small blister that hardens within a couple of days, forms scar tissue, and draws the floppy uvula that hangs from the soft palate forward, thus eliminating – or at least reducing – the palatal flutter that causes snoring.
Snoring may continue for a few days but should lessen thereafter. If it doesn’t, a post-procedure sleep test may be ordered to evaluate the effects of the snoreplasty, followed by a repeat of the treatment to achieve the desired results. However, if your snoring persists and is caused by vibrations beyond the palate and uvula, or if your ENT specialist suspects obstructive sleep apnea, your doctor may recommend further testing and other treatment options.
The best way to deal with snoring is to undergo a thorough examination by an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Austin ENT Clinic. That way, the source and type of snoring can be diagnosed, and the doctor can determine whether injection snoreplasty is right for you. Request an appointment online today or call us at 512-381-2850 to arrange a consultation.