Somnoplasty

Somnoplasty

Somnoplasty

The etymology of SOMNOPLASTY can be traced to Latin language, where somnus means sleep, and Greek plastia, which means molding or reformation. Somnoplasty, also known as Radio Frequency Tissue Reduction/Ablation, is one of the newest snoring remedies, which is recognized bt the Food and Drug Administration as an useful treatment for chronic nasal obstruction, habitual snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

 

As the vibration of the soft palate and uvula are the most common sources of annoying snoring noises, the most important thing in the process of treating it is to shrink the excess soft tissues. Somnoplasty procedure involves low-power radio waves that transpass into the inner soft tissues by a needle that pierces throat or soft palate. The inner tissues are heated up to 175 degree celsius, this tempriture shrinks them, but leaves outer tissues, which contain taste buds, intact. Patient is under local anesthesia during the procedure, which itself needs 30-40 minutes to be accomplished. During the next 5-6 weeks after the procedure, your soft palate starts stiffening as all the soft tissue cells are destroyed and actually the first results of somnoplasty can be seen 5-6 weeks after the procedure.

 

Somnoplasty has many advantages over the other surgical snoring remedies. First of all it hurts a lot less then other surgical procedures. Swelling is the only probable side-effect of somnoplasty.The second advantage is its effectiveness. Somnoplasty is quite a new form of snoring treatment as it was introduced first in 1998. Since then a lot of medical researches have been held to determine its effectiveness. Researches show that about 85% of patients succeeded in significantly reducing snoring, but daytime sleepiness decreased nonsignificantly. That is why we advise somnoplasty to Socially Incorrect snorers only and not to those who have more serious problems like obstructive sleep apnea. It can be effective in significantly reducing snoring, but somnoplasty is quite ineffective when we deal with sleep apnea.

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