As the general awareness about the medical background to snoring, and more importantly to the medical considerations that snoring necessitates increases, it is also heart-warming to see newer and more sophisticated surgical and non-surgical anti-snoring solutions come up.
Here’s a look at the more recent solutions that have been making people sleep without the snoring sound interrupting them or their partners, and also rescuing them from the troubles that snoring actually begins from or can lead to.
Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure devices
CPAP is not exactly a new cure for snoring, although it is regarded as one of the best anti-snoring aids yet.
However, it could be really inconvenient for patients to use the CPAP machine. Thankfully, there are technologies such as Expiratory Positive Airway Pressure (EPAP) that can work wonders in many cases.
This technology is put to work in anti-snoring devices that snugly fit over your nostrils and create a positive pressure in the airway when you exhale. In some cases, hypoallergenic adhesives are used to secure the EPAP device in place.
The resistance to exhalation pressure goes a long way in alleviating the problem of snoring. EPAP devices are really discreet, hence much more preferable over CPAP devices, and are even more easily portable.
Another important thing to note is that although these devices are available on prescription, they work across genders, BMIs, and age profiles.
For snorers who deem it better to go under the knife than let their night be ruined with the ravages of incessant snoring, there’s good news in the form of radiofrequency ablation.
This surgery aims at stiffening the soft palate, so that it does not vibrate much. This procedure is accompanied with the removal of airway blockages. Patients are administered anaesthesia before the surgery, and their mouth’s roof is numbed.
Then, an electrode like device is made to enter the patient’s mouth, after which it is pointed in the direction of the soft palate. There’s a small needle on the top of this electrode device, which makes tiny punctures in the muscular region under the soft palate.
This is where radio frequency comes into the picture, as the electrode uses radio frequency energy to cause scars on the tissue, ultimately resulting in its tightening. Whereas mild snoring problems can be resolved in one sitting, the procedure might have to be repeated up to 3 times for heavy snorers.
Focused Surgical Procedures
Mucosal growth in the nasal area, called nasal polyps, can cause snoring. When the polyps become large enough to cause considerable snoring, they can be removed via a surgical procedure wherein anaesthesia is administered to the patient.
The reduced nasal blockage after the surgery is an immense relief for snorers. Not too different from this case is snoring because of septum deviation.
Septum is the central wall of the nose, and can show peculiar curves at the time of a child’s birth or even after a few years of ageing. By removing the crooked cartilage, the septum deviation can be corrected, which furthers lessens snoring.