Sleeping Disorders – Snoring

Yes, it is true! No one likes to sleep with someone who snores and no one likes to wake up on and off night after night. Both the snorer and the sleep partner end up exhausted and frustrated.

In the United States, estimates range from 30 – 50% of the population snore at some time or another. Significant snoring is sometimes described as “heroic” snoring, in which the snoring loudness may be heard from afar. Snoring should not be confused with sleep apnea but many patients who snore also may have obstructive sleep apnea. (See above)

Snoring is a serious health condition as snorers have something interfering with their air as it moves through the nose and mouth while they are sleeping. The snoring noise is the sound of the air trying to make its way through the crowded passage. Prolonged snoring can harm your body.

Dr. Coppola advises that there are many problems that cause snoring. These include:

  1. Soft palate sagging
  2. Uvula elongating or thickness
  3. Nasal turbinates (small bones in the nose) that are enlarged
  4. Large tongue
  5. Adenoid tissue obstruction

Some of the same treatments for sleep apnea are also used to treat snoring. These include:

  • Laser assisted uvuloplasty involves removal of the uvula and reduction of the size of the palate tissue. The goal is to increase the size of the airway resulting in the reduction of snoring.
  • Radiofrequency treatment of the nasal turbinate involves shrinking the size of the nasal turbinates and increasing the size of the airway.  Dr. Coppola advises that multiple treatments may be needed.
  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is a surgical procedure that repositions or removes excess tissue from the uvula (soft palate). By removing the tissue snoring decreases.
  • Uvulectomy involves removing an enlarged uvula which may be causing snoring, as well as difficulty with swallowing. An uvulectomy may be performed in office, if you are a good candidate.

Don’t let these potential life shortening and quality of life conditions continue. Seek immediate diagnosis with Dr. Carl Coppola at 502-893-3683 to address these serious condition.