Healthy ways to cure snoring
Whether you are a sufferer yourself or you have to put up with a partner who has the problem, snoring is no laughing matter and can lead to health problems of varying degrees. Emily Handford researched some of the options available to help cure snoring and restore that much-needed beauty sleep.
Snore surgery (Uvulectomy and nasal turbinate reduction - coblation)
The scientific bit
Ever noticed the small dangly piece of tissue (the uvula) near the back of your tongue? Except perhaps it isn't that small. If it's enlarged, this could be the cause of your snoring. Experts have found that a large or elongated uvula can create the dreaded nightly noise. When the person is asleep, their breathing can cause the uvula to vibrate, and that's why they snore.
Others may have an obstructed nasal airway. If the nasal passage is blocked, breathing through the nose can cause the flow of air to become rather turbulent, causing vibrations that result in the deafening sound of snoring. The most common cause of nasal obstruction is an enlargement of the balloon shaped membranes, aka turbinates.
Don't despair - if you suffer from the former, you might want to try out an uvulectomy, a non-invasive procedure that uses coblation therapy to help reduce the size of a large or elongated uvula.
Rather than physically remove or cut the excess tissue, the treatment uses radio frequency energy to reduce the size. The energy gently removes the excess tissue and opens up the oral airway, so you can breathe freely, without waking up your partner!
The procedure takes little more than 20 minutes, so you can be in and out in a jiffy and cured of your snoring dilemma for good. It's usually performed using a local anaesthetic, and has minimal 'downtime', so you'll be back to your old (non-snoring) self pretty quickly.
Similarly to the uvulectomy, nasal turbinate reduction also uses coblation. Using radio frequency energy it gently shrinks the size of the turbinates, opening up the nasal airways so you can breathe freely (and quietly).