Why Do I Snore?
When you sleep, air passages at the back of the nose and mouth become partially blocked. Snoring is the noise caused by air attempting to flow past the blockage. In many cases, this noise can fully or partially be traced to the soft palate—the area located on the roof of your mouth between the hard palate and the uvula. Chronic snoring is a common problem, and you are not alone. More than 45% of all adults snore occasionally, and 25% of adults snore consistently, causing millions of households to lose sleep nightly
For some people, snoring is an embarrassing or irritating problem. In some cases it may be related to underlying health problems. Snoring is the noise caused by air attempting to flow past the airway’s blockage. It may be caused by poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat, excessive tissue in the throat, obstructed nasal passages, or other related problems. In many cases, snoring can be traced to the soft palate – the area located on the roof of your mouth between the hard palate and the uvula.
What are My Options?
A complete examination by your doctor is the first step to snoring treatment. The doctor will check your throat structures and evaluate factors such as weight, blood pressure and heart rate before recommending the best treatment plan for you. Many devices and procedures have been developed to temporarily control snoring. Non-surgical approaches, such as weight loss, lifestyle modifications, or oral appliances to reposition the jaw during sleep are possibilities. There are also more aggressive and invasive surgical options for patients who don’t get relief from these conservative treatments.
Treatment For Snoring
Coblation is an advanced technology that quickly and gently removes and shrinks excess soft palate tissue using high frequency energy and saline to reduce the incidence of snoring in patients. Coblation technology does not rely on a heat-driven process to remove target tissue and is designed to preserve surrounding healthy tissue. The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis. In such cases, patients typically return home shortly after the procedure. Coblation technology is a controlled, non-heat driven process that uses radiofrequency energy to excite the electrolytes in a conductive medium, such as saline solution, creating a precisely focused plasma.
The plasma’s energized particles have sufficient energy to break molecular bond within tissue, causing tissue to dissolve at relatively low temperatures (typically 40°C to 70°C). The result is volumetric removal of target tissue with minimal damage surrounding tissue. Many Coblation devices also are designed to stop blood (hemostasis) and coagulate or seal bleeding vessels.
Because radiofrequency current does not pass directly through tissue during the Coblation process, tissue heating is minimal. Most of the heat is consumed in the plasma layer, or in other words, by the ionization process. These ions then bombard tissue in their path, causing molecular bonds to simply break apart and tissue to dissolve.