Nasal turbinates may be enlarged, contributing to snoring. The size of the nasal turbinates may be reduced using procedure in which radiofrequency energy is delivered to the turbinate tissue, reducing the size of the tissue over time, increasing the size of the airway. This procedure may be performed in office using only local anesthesia, or in the operating room under general anesthesia. Alternative, the tissue of the turbinates may be removed in a targeted fashion using a ‘microdebrider’ device.
An enlarged uvula may lead to problems with snoring, in addition to problems with throat irritation and even difficulty swallowing. Uvulectomy is a procedure in which the uvula is removed, decreasing the chance of snoring. A uvulectomy may be performed in office using local anesthesia or under general anesthesia.
A large and redundant soft palate may contribute to snoring. Radiofrequency treatment of the soft palate involves placement of small probe which delivers energy to the palate. With time, the tissue shrink and scar from treatments, reducing the chance of snoring. Radiofrequency palate treatment may be performed in office using only local anesthesia, and is usually performed over multiple visits to enhance results.
Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty
Laser assisted uvulopalatolasty is used to snoring as well as sleep apnea by removing the uvula and reducing the size of the palate tissue. With removal of these, the size of the airway increases and the chance of snoring decreases. This procedure may be performed in the office or the operating room.
The pillar procedure is performed for patients with large and redundant soft palate. This procedure is usually performed in the office with only local anesthesia. Small implants are placed into the soft palate which serve to stiffen the palate with time. As the palate stiffens around the implants, the palate shrinks, opening the airway and decreasing the chance of breathing. Implants are made of Dacron, a substance which typically does not cause any side effects.