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Sleep Easier With a Snoreplasty

Do you snore? Nearly half of all Americans snore at some point in their lives, with 40% of men and 24% of women snoring regularly. Snoring may or may not interfere with your quality of sleep, but it can be embarrassing for you and frustrating for people who sleep near you.

For people who snore but who don’t have sleep apnea — a potentially serious sleep disorder — there aren’t many long-term treatment options to eliminate snoring. That’s where injection snoreplasty comes in.

At Weight Loss and Vitality, Dr. Alicia Sanderson, Mr. David Bauder PA-C, and

Ms. Krissi Reeber PA-C are happy to offer snoreplasty, a nonsurgical treatment to quiet bothersome snoring and help you sleep easier.

Snoreplasty is a nonsurgical treatment for snoring

When your airway gets blocked while you sleep, you snore. Snoring sounds like loud breathing or noises in the upper respiratory tract. Primary snoring, or snoring without sleep apnea, is caused by vibration in your soft palate and uvula at the back of your throat.

The severity of your condition depends on the structure and characteristics of the back of your throat. If your palate is particularly soft, the uvula can flop, vibrate with breathing, and make snoring worse.

Snoreplasty is an injectable treatment that hardens the palate to reduce snoring. The injections contain a scarring agent that stimulates controlled scars to develop following the procedure. The scar tissue is harder and tighter, which eliminates vibration in the back of your throat to stop snoring.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is another common cause of snoring, but it’s a much more serious condition. Snoreplasty can’t be used to treat snoring that’s linked to OSA. If you’re interested in snoreplasty, our team screens for OSA with a sleep test prior to recommending treatment. 

What to expect with snoreplasty

Many people in generally good health who are bothered by snoring can find relief with nonsurgical snoreplasty. With a physical exam and review of your snoring symptoms, we can help you determine if snoreplasty could be right for you.

We perform snoreplasty in our office as an outpatient procedure, which means you’ll go home the same day. We begin by injecting a local anesthetic around your nose and mouth to help you remain comfortable during your snoreplasty. Then, we make a series of small injections inside your mouth, in front of the upper palate.

You can leave the office 30 minutes to an hour after the procedure is complete. Over the next few days, scar tissue will form in your upper palate to tighten skin. Common side effects include sore throat or a scratchy feeling, but these should fade quickly.

With snoreplasty, it’s common to continue snoring for one to two weeks. But you should expect to notice less snoring as your upper palate tightens in the coming weeks. Once your mouth heals, your results can last for several years at a time.

Snoreplasty could be the solution you’ve been searching for to help you sleep easier. Book an appointment with our team online or on the phone today.

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