update: results still seem promising, but don't believe claims that it is
Injection Snoreplasty was introduced in
May 2001 as a "safe and effective palatal snoring procedure with minimal
cost and discomfort." Surgeons at Walter Reed Army Medical Center reported
that 25 of 27 patients reported a significant decrease in snoring after
the procedure, in which a scarring agent is injected into the soft palate.
The scars stiffen the palate and reduce the vibration that causes the
Many ENT specialists have
enthusiastically jumped on this procedure, which can be performed
relatively cheaply in the surgeon's office. (An average fee seems to be
$450 per injection.) A big selling point is that it is "virtually
painless" according to many web sites, such as
Painless? Ask Laura, who underwent the
procedure on June 3: "It
been the most uncomfortable experience, next to childbirth, of my life!"
she wrote on our bulletin board. Another contributor, Paul,
said: "Just wanted to let you know that I was totally unprepared for the
amount of pain it caused - the first 24 hours were pretty brutal"
How about the recovery? It's
a breeze says
ENT. "Patients can
return to school or work after leaving the office, if they desire."
Not Laura: "I've missed 2 days of work with this,
the following day after the procedure and yesterday because the pain was
so intense with the growing ulcer.
At this point, I have a HUGE hole (ulcer) surrounding my uvula that looks
like it wants to swallow my uvula up! Prior to that, a LOT of mucous drip,
horrible tasting stuff in my mouth..." Paul also missed two
days of work.
On July 3, Kevin posted on our site: "I had the Snoreplasty procedure
completed 2 weeks ago, and as an unwanted result, have a hole (ulcer) the
size of a nickel above my uvula. Have any others had a similar
OK, so maybe doctors
are downplaying the impact of the procedure, but does it work? Do the
patients stop snoring? Here the news seems better. To quote Paul
again: "The back of my neck
has healed nicely and there's only a smooth spot where the wound had been.
My wife says my snoring has decreased markedly. I will undergo one more
treatment [this month], consisting of two injections. I'm not looking
forward to it, but in for a penny, in for a pound."
Dr. William Gatti,
who says he has completed over 100 procedures without problems, comments
that surgeons need to be careful to ensure that the injection solution is
placed just under the mucosal lining at the base of the uvula at the lower
soft palate, "and NOT injected into the muscle." He adds that
ulceration or erosion actually will create more scar and stiffening at the
tissues of the palate- "this is desirable."
Injection snoreplasty remains too new to
judge its long-term effectiveness, but clearly many ENT specialists
believe that the procedure is a useful tool in their arsenal. But a
little more realism about the pain caused by the procedure seems
Read more about injection
snoreplasty here. And remember, information
provided by PutanEndtoSnoring does not substitute for the
advice of your physician.
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Anything that helps you breathe better at night may reduce
your snoring. Aromatherapy enthusiasts swear by marjoram oil as a surefire
way to relax your respiratory system at night. The oil is typically sold in a jar; the oil saturates a
sort of sponge. You leave the jar open by your bedside, allowing the oils
to gradually fill your bedroom with a pleasant scent.
I first became interested in this snoring
remedy when 2StopSnoring sent me a jar
of their marjoram oil. I still do not know whether it works for my
particular type of snoring (which has more to do with a flabby palate than
congestion), but I liked the smell in my bedroom.
I decided it was more than a gimmick after
receiving this unsolicited testimonial from our reader Jacquie Heffner, who picked up a couple of
jars (brand unknown) at a home and garden show:
"My husband has snored
for twenty years...so loud I can hear him through a closed door. I would have
to repeatedly wake him up so I could fall asleep. Friday night I bought a jar of
this Marjoram and a jar of lavendar, opened it up...and HIS SNORING
STOPPED.....Last night...I went to bed after he did....forgot to open the
jars...and he was snoring again...so I got up...opened the jars (on the
nightstand near him)...and went back to bed....and HE STOPPED SNORING....I
think...this is a miracle cure....For the FIRST time in 20 years...no
snoring...only his breathing...."
Further investigation revealed numerous
purveyors of marjoram oil on the Internet.
Some are listed on our web site.
Send me your experiences with this or other snoring cures and we'll use it in this slot.