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Treating Snoring & Sleep Disorders

Forty-five percent of adults snore at least occasionally, and 25 percent are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people, and it usually grows worse with age. The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This area is the collapsible part of the airway where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate, or uvula. Snoring occurs when these structures strike each other and vibrate during breathing.

When loud snoring is interrupted by frequent episodes of totally obstructed breathing, it is known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Serious episodes can last more than ten seconds each and occur seven or more times per hour. Apnea patients may experience from 30 to 300 such events every night. These episodes can reduce blood oxygen levels, causing the heart to pump harder.

The immediate effect of sleep apnea is that the snorer must sleep lightly and keep his muscles tense in order to keep the airflow to the lungs. Without good rest, the person may be sleepy during the day, which impairs job performance and creates a driving or heavy equipment operating hazard. After many years with this disorder, elevated blood pressure and heart enlargement may occur.

Surgical solutions for snoring & sleep apnea

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) is surgery for treating obstructive sleep apnea. It tightens flabby tissues in the throat and palate and expands air passages. Thermal ablation palatoplasty (TAP) refers to procedures and techniques that treat snoring and various severities of OSA. Different types of TAP include bipolar cautery, laser and radiofrequency. Coblation treats snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea by removing the obstruction in the airway. Radiofrequency ablation uses a needle electrode to shrink excess tissue in the upper airway, including the palate and uvula (for snoring), base of the tongue (for obstructive sleep apnea) and nasal turbinates (for chronic nasal obstruction).

Nasal CPAP, an alternative to surgery, delivers air into your airway through a specially designed nasal mask or pillows. The mask does not breathe for you; the flow of air creates enough pressure when you inhale to keep your airway open. CPAP is considered an effective nonsurgical treatment for the alleviation of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

To learn more about treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, call our office at 818.986.5500. For your convenience, you can arrange for one-on-one, personal time with Dr. Namazie using our online Request an Appointment form. Our snoring and sleep disorder patients come to us from Burbank, Calabasas, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Bevely Hills and adjacent areas.

 

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