The promise of snoreplasty
Snoring is caused by the vibration of tissues in
your throat or palate or uvula (which is the triangular piece of flesh at
the back of your throat). As we get older the tissues get looser and
flabbier and our snoring gets worse. How can we counteract this?
The so-called "conservative" approach
focuses on changing your lifestyle.
Losing weight is a good start. But more radical approaches involve
shrinking, stiffening or removing the excess tissue. This can be
achieved through surgery, radio frequency equipment or, most recently by
of tissue, whether by laser or scalpel, is reported by patients to be
very painful, and is expensive
- Shrinking the tissue by heating it via
radiofrequency techniques (somnoplasty
is less painful and less expensive
- And now injection snoreplasty has
emerged as the least painful, least expensive method.
Injection snoreplasty is the
injection of a chemical called Sotradecol into the soft palate and uvula.
This causes an inflammatory reaction that leads to scar tissue
at the site of injection. As the scar tissue contracts, the palate and uvula
tighten up and become shorter, thereby reducing snoring. You'll typically
need one to three treatments 6-8 weeks apart. Short-term success in
reducing snoring is about 80%. Long-term data is not yet available
-- the technique is still too new.
Perhaps most encouraging for those whose
insurance will not cover treatments for simple snoring, snoreplasty is
relatively inexpensive, as low as $35 per treatment, according a
Medscape article. You can find a list of doctors performing
injection somnoplasty on
Talk About Sleep. In the Atlanta area,
medical advisor, Dr. Samuel Michelson has considerable experience in the
technique and has provided
further information about the procedure on our site.
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Feature article: Awareness of the health risks
of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Sleep specialists have long been concerned
that sleep apnea is widely under-diagnosed. One reason is that even
heavy snorers, whose partners know that they often gasp for air at night,
do not tell their doctors of their condition.
Gyrus ENT (formerly Smith and Nephew ENT and
Somnus) late last month commissioned a Harris Interactive survey of almost
3,000 adults in the U.S., which found that 55 percent of Americans either
exhibit symptoms themselves or know someone who exhibits symptoms that
have been linked to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). The survey found that
72 percent of Americans are aware that snoring may be a sign of OSA, but
only 22 percent of the respondents indicated that they were aware that OSA
may contribute to heart disease.
"The Harris Interactive data demonstrates
the need to educate Americans about snoring and obstructive sleep apnea,
and Gyrus ENT has responded by increasing the number of patient education
seminars at the local practice level," said Jerry Dowdy, President of
Mr. Dowdy, of course, has a reason for his
patient seminar initiative: he heads a company that makes the
Somnoplasty system, medical
devices that treat OSA. But patient education is a worthy goal, and
has the same goal -- to draw snorers' attention to the fact that they may
be Snoring out an
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This section features some
interesting posting to our forum. Given the newness of this web
site, there's not much there yet, but the query from Jim Kelly is worthy
of response -- help us turn this into
Do I really need a dentist's prescription to get a
The sprays don't work for me, I'm ready to buy one of the mouthpiece
solutions mentioned on this web site. But they seem to require a
prescription from my dentist. Why? Doesn't this add to the cost?
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