Snoring Treatment in Atlanta
Snoring can be an indicator of certain health conditions such as sleep apnea, which is a significant risk factor for future health problems. Snoring can be disruptive and keep your significant other from achieving a good night’s sleep.
Using cutting-edge radiofrequency technology, Dr. Aaron Fletcher, a snoring specialist in Atlanta, can help reduce the symptoms of snoring and improve the quality of sleep of everyone in your house.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring occurs when the muscles in the roof of your mouth (soft palate), throat, and tongue relax during the deep sleep cycle. This muscle relaxation allows the tissues in your throat to partially block your airway and vibrate as air passes through. The greater the relaxation and narrower the airway, the louder the snoring.
Risk factors associated with snoring include:
- Soft palate anatomy. Excess tissue associated with being overweight or a longer uvula (small triangular tissue hanging from the soft palate) can cause airway narrowing.
- Alcohol intake. Alcohol intake before sleep can increase soft tissue relaxation that can further narrow your airway.
- Nasal anatomy. A deviated septum can impair airflow and contribute to snoring.
- Sleep position. Sleeping on your back allows the effects of gravity to narrow the airway.
Snoring Treatment in Atlanta
The initial treatment of snoring is geared toward lifestyle modifications and reducing the risk factors associated with snoring. Therefore a snoring doctor may recommend weight loss, avoiding alcohol before bedtime, changing your sleep position (i.e. avoiding sleeping on your back), treatment of nasal congestion, and obtaining adequate sleep to prevent sleep deprivation.
Additionally, devices can be used to help improve airflow and prevent tissues from blocking the airways. This can include oral devices, designed to keep your airway open during the night or a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device that uses air pressure to keep the airway open between breaths.
If these lifestyle changes are unsuccessful in reducing snoring, your doctor may recommend surgery to stop snoring. However, depending on the cause of snoring, a snoring specialist in Atlanta may recommend one of four different surgical treatments. These procedures include:
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) – tightening and trimming excess tissues to enlarge the airway.
- Maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) – move the upper and lower jaws forward to improve airway clearance.
- Radiofrequency tissue ablation (somnoplasty) – uses low-intensity radiofrequency to shrink tissues of the nose, soft palate, and tongue.
- Hypoglossal nerve stimulation – a device implanted to stimulate the nerve to keep the tongue from blocking the airway.
What is Somnoplasty?
Somnoplasty is a technique that utilizes low-intensity radiofrequency signals to help shrink the tissues of the tongue, soft palate, and nose. This helps to increase the size of the airway and prevent obstruction during sleep.
This procedure is less invasive than traditional surgical treatments and is typically performed under local anesthesia. During the procedure, a tiny, needle-like electrode creates a small lesion below the surface of the tissues that results in the shrinking of the overlying tissues while it heals. The healing time for the procedure is approximately three to eight weeks.
Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Aaron Fletcher
Do not suffer with snoring issues, there is a cutting-edge, minimally invasive option that can help with these issues. Set up a consultation today with our snoring specialist in Atlanta, Dr. Aaron Fletcher.
If you are ready to take the first steps in improving your snoring, call our office at (678) 902-9495 to schedule an appointment.
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