Your persistent snoring not only prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep, it does the same for the members of your family as well. This lack of sleep can dramatically affect your quality of life:
- Making you less energetic
- Depriving you of critical focus at work
- Jeopardizing your overall health
Fortunately, the ADVENT Snoring Center offers a minimally invasive, in-office procedure to improve obstructive sleep apnea and dramatically reduce your snoring, or even eliminate it all together.
Snoreplasty involves a partial Uvulectomy, along with an injection into the palatal area. We perform the procedure in an outpatient setting using a topical anesthesia. Snoreplasty is far less aggressive than a traditional Uvulopalatopharynoplasty, which is done in a hospital or surgery center setting.
After numbing the uvula and palate with a topical and local anesthetic, a hardening agent is injected directly into the soft palate just above the uvula. This hardening agent causes the palate to become stiff, reducing fluttering of the soft palate, which is often the source of snoring. A minimally invasive technique is then used to remove part of the uvula.
Typically at least 1-2 injection treatments are required to achieve the best results. If a second injection is needed, it is typically scheduled 6-8 weeks apart.
What can I expect after my In-Office Snoreplasty?
Following your in-office Snoreplasty you will have some swelling, bruising and tenderness at the injection and excision sites. A sore throat is expected for the first 3-5 days, but can last up to 2 weeks. Over the counter pain relievers and throat lozenges/sprays will be recommended after the treatment.
You may have the feeling like something is stuck in the back of your throat or near the roof of your mouth, this is very normal and typically subsides in the first couple of days. Most patients can return to work 24-48 hours after their treatment.
Like most sleep apnea procedures, more than one treatment may be required to achieve optimal results. It can take up to 6-10 weeks post treatment for all healing to complete and for the patient to see full results of the treatments.