How can surgery reduce snoring?

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Are there any types of surgeries to treat bad cases of snoring that are minimally invasive? I keep my spouse up all night and no type of breathing strip or medication has worked to stop it.

Doctors Answers (3)

Timothy J. Delcambre, DDS, MHA
Answered on: 7/8/2013 1

Surgery to reduce snoring range from Tonsillectomy/Adenoidectomy to uvulopalato-pharyngeoplasty to tongue or mandibular advancement. None of these surgeries are minimal and at best have a success rate of less than 50%. Before you even consider surgery, a sleep study must be performed at a sleep center to see if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea or not. CPAP or possibly a simple oral appliance to shift the lower jaw forward may be only what you need. Here at my office, we make the oral appliances.

Faryl K. Hart, DDS
Answered on: 6/28/2013

Surgical options for snoring are usually invasive for adults. Tonsil and adenoid removal surgery usually has a 1-2 week healing time. Other surgeries like the U-PPP can be quite painful for 6-8 weeks.

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 6/21/2013

An ENT specialist could evaluate your airway to determine if you are a candidate for surgery. However, CPAP therapy is 100% effective if used correctly and does not require surgical intervention. As a rule, any surgery is invasive.