Individuals affected by snoring and obstructive sleep apnea understand that these conditions are no joke. Snoring and sleep apnea can interfere with your sleep cycle and even lead to chronic health problems. Fortunately, there are solutions that can help treat these conditions. Treatments range from oral devices to surgical procedures, based on the needs of the individuals.
Somnoplasty ® is a surgical procedure that can be used to treat snoring. The procedure involves shrinking the tissue in the upper airway, including the soft palate, uvula and the tongue through the use of radio frequency energy. By reducing the skin tissue around the airway, there is less opportunity for obstruction. Somnoplasty is an in-office procedure that can completed in under 45 minutes.
The Pillar ® Procedure is a simple treatment designed to reduce the symptoms of snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea. This works by stiffening the tissue in the soft palate with small woven implants. The Pillar Procedure is minimally-invasive and can be performed in about 20 minutes.
Oral appliances are an easy-to-use and inexpensive option for the treatment of sleep disorders. The devices come in a range of styles, both fixed and adjustable. When the oral applications are in use, they shift the position of the lower jaw or hold the tongue in place to prevent an obstruction of the airway passages. Sleep apnea, snoring and upper airway resistance syndrome have all been successfully managed with the use of oral applications.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is commonly used to treat obstructive sleep apnea and other breathing problems. The treatment applies continuous air pressure to keep the airway passages open. The treatment requires the use of a mask, which is connected to a lightweight machine.
With the development of new snoring and sleep apnea treatments, individuals are now able to find the solutions that best suit their lifestyle. If you or a loved one is suffering from a sleep disorder, don’t wait to seek treatment. Houston has the best ENT professionals in the area. To schedule a consultation, we invite you to call our team at Center for ENT 713-795-5343.