You can try different ways to stop snoring. But unfortunately, they don’t always work with everybody.
Some serious cases which don’t respond to other treatment might require surgery. There are different types of surgery available to stop snoring. Some of the surgical methods are more invasive and hard to recover from than others.
Of the less invasive procedures, somnoplasty is receiving a little bit of good press. This procedure is minimally invasive by comparison to other surgical solutions. It usually done as an outpatient procedure, and it uses thermal energy to stiffen and reduce the soft tissue in the throat.
When tissue rattles in the throat it creates the snoring sound. When tissues in the throat don’t move as much, snoring is decreased. The pain involved in this procedure is limited and the recovery is often very short.
If other treatments haven’t worked for you, and especially if you suffer from sleep apnea, your doctor might want to try UPPP (uvuloplatopharyngoplasty).
This is a procedure in which the obstructions in your airway are removed. This often includes removing tonsils and adenoids as well.
This treatment is rarely one that’s considered first. Of all people who have undergone this treatment, only 60 % would do it again. It causes swallowing discomfort, and has a recovery window of about three weeks. And, many people who undergo the procedure continue snoring afterwards.
A more invasive surgery to assist those with serious problems resulting from snoring is nasal reconstructive surgery. In this procedure, the bone structure of your nose is corrected, and soft tissues are removed. This procedure requires a fair amount of recovery time and should be considered with some degree of caution, since it is considered a major surgery.
When all else fails, a tracheotomy can bring some relief. It is a scary procedure. This procedure consists in inserting a tube inside the wind pipe to make breathing easier. This is not a preferred method of treatment and will in many ways become a new way of life for those who choose to undergo this particular procedure.
It’s important that you make a concentrated effort whenever possible to avoid the surgical procedures mentioned above since all surgery carries some degree of risk no matter how ‘minor’ the surgery is supposed to be. You and your doctor should discuss together which course of treatment will likely bring the best results.