Snoring Surgeries

Snoring is a significant condition. It may even contribute to death due to heart disease as was mentioned above. Even though snoring can lead to serious medical conditions, its treatment still may not be covered by your insurance company. If you believe that surgery is your only option, you may end up paying for the surgery entirely out of pocket. And the outcome may not be completely desirable.

There is one surgery which removes part of the uvula, the hanging tissue in the mouth that can contribute to snoring. It is performed with a laser and is not always completed in one sitting. Another procedure shrinks the uvula that is too large for the snorer. This is a very new surgery and it also may not be completed on the first try. Another interesting surgery works on the tongue. Its purpose is to keep the tongue from falling back into the throat. If you are willing to have a screw placed into your jaw and to have your tongue cut so that it needs to be stitched back together, this surgery may be for you. If this particular surgery was not, in retrospect, a good idea, there is one comfort for you; it maybe reversible.

If you are in luck, your nose is the only thing that is causing your snoring. Surgeries to correct this situation can be done and are successful at clearing up the obstructions in the nose. Breathing is improved during sleep as well as in the waking hours. This procedure will, most likely, be covered by your insurance company.

Another surgery takes a different approach. The previous surgeries which removed tissue that was blocking the airways, palatial stiffening procedures will stiffen the soft palate. The point is to prevent any fluttering that may be going on during sleep. Another type of surgery was found to stiffen the skin of the uvula. This is done by creating scar tissue in the uvula. This prevents the fluttering action of the uvula during sleep. This is a surgery that has had good success and is not as painful as the other surgeries. If your main issue is not the uvula, you would not be a candidate for this surgery.

Your doctor will be able to help you discover which surgery is right for you. Before you do this you might consider a non-surgical option. Exercises geared toward the areas of the mouth that cause snoring may help to eliminate your snoring. You might try them first.

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James Parkinson