Snoring is obviously very uncomfortable for the person who is snoring and the ones who share the same house or room with him/her. It is annoying and embarrassing. It is a huge especially considering that about 25% of the adult population world wide suffer from it. Snoring can often be a sign of another disease such as hypertension, chronic rhinitis or obesity. It can also be a manifestation of sleep apnoea syndrome which often leads to cardiovascular disease or stroke.
Snoring is basically caused by the vibrations of the soft palate and it is considered as a disorder. When we sleep the muscles in the throat, tongue and roof of the mouth tend to relax which in turn causes the sagging of the loose tissue in the throat. During this time the breathing flaps the soft tissue about which leads to narrowing or obstruction of the airway. As the airway becomes narrow the vibration becomes greater which translates to louder snoring.
The fastest way to treat snoring is by laser treatment. There are two types of laser treatments for snoring;
The procedure is done using a laser instead of a scalpel like the traditional form of snoring surgery. The CO2 laser is used to remove the uvula and the soft palate surgically by burning the tissue. Surgical laser treatments have low success rates and are very painful during the recovery period.
This is a painless procedure during both the treatment and recovery time. The Erbium laser is used to gently heat the soft palatal tissue without any disfigurement or pain. During the procedure the patients experience a feeling of warmth at the back of the throat which is where the laser light is directed. This tones and tightens the palatal tissue hence opening up the airway for better breathing and reducing the intensity of the snoring. The patient may resume day to day activities immediately after the procedure since there is no downtime. The results are noticeable a few weeks after the first procedure and usually three treatment sessions are needed.
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