Surgical procedures to reduce or stop snoring should only be considered after consulting a doctor. While there are several types of stop snoring surgery that can help, each has potential side effects and none are guaranteed to stop snoring. The common factor in all these procedures is that they focus on the real issue behind snoring - the airway, which when blocked leads to the vibration of tissue at the back of the throat and causes snoring.
There are four primary methods of stop snoring surgery: tissue reduction using radio frequency energy, correcting a deviated septum, removing nasal polyps and a uvulectomy.
Radio Frequency Energy
This procedure address the issue of enlarged soft palate tissue by using a burst of very low energy to reduce tissue. The energy burst is applied through an electrode that is inserted into the soft palate. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and typically takes less than 10 minutes. After the procedure, the soft tissue will stiffen and shrink, which leads to a reduced propensity to vibrate, but it can take anywhere from 3-6 weeks for this to occur. In the meantime, you will most likely continue to snore and have to deal with the swelling and sore throat from the surgery itself. Having to wait so long to see any results when there are other products out there that begin working immediately might make this option less than desirable.
A deviated septum occurs when the wall between your nostrils is displaced to one side, which can reduce airflow. A deviated septum can be something you’re born with or something that occurs as the result of a nasal injury. Septoplasty, the actual surgery to repair a deviated septum, straightens the nasal septum and repositions the wall back to the center of your nose, hopefully opening up your airway. The level of post-surgery improvement really depends on the initial severity of the problem. There’s also the chance that parts of the septum will have to be cut and/or removed during surgery. In terms of reduced snoring, results from this snoring surgery cannot be guaranteed or even accurately predicted.
Nasal polyps are soft, painless, noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. If they get large enough, they can cause breathing problems that lead to snoring. While stop snoring surgery is sometimes recommended, polyps often return. Any success in stopping snoring from removing nasal polyps would most likely be temporary.
Perhaps the most controversial option to treat snoring is getting a uvulectomy. All or part of the bell-shaped organ at the back of your throat is removed in this procedure. Removing the uvula is controversial because we still don’t know its exact purpose or function within the body. This procedure also permanently alters the inside of your mouth and can potentially prevent you from making certain sounds. In some patients, this surgery causes you to lose your gag reflex. Although frequently used to treat excessive snoring, the procedure is yet to be proven totally effective. All around, this snoring surgery carries a lot of negative potential.
Snoring Surgery Alternative
Another option before turning to surgery is to try a stop snoring device. The benefits to starting here is that stop snoring devices aren’t invasive to use, can appeal to any snorer (while some surgeries require you have an existing condition to fix,) are more cost-effective, and have better results for the snorer. For example, a new alternative that is both highly effective and affordable is Theravent’s Nightly Advanced Snore Therapy. Using Expository Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP), Theravent comfortably opens the user’s airways to allow easy, unobstructed breathing. Theravent is the first EPAP device of its kind to be approved by the FDA to reduce, and even stop, snoring.