Did you know that 45% of healthy adults snore occasionally? If your spouse or significant other regularly complains that you sound like a buzzsaw, it’s time to consider professional medical help. At Weight Loss and Vitality in Washington, D.C., and Alexandria, Virginia, the team offers injection snoreplasty, a nonsurgical treatment for snoring that’s both safe and effective. To see if you’re a candidate, call or click and book your appointment today.
Snoring occurs when there is an obstruction to free airflow through the passages at the back of your mouth and nose. The area where your tongue and upper throat meet your soft palate and uvula is collapsible. If these areas run into one another and vibrate while you’re sleeping, snoring results.
Snoring is split into two separate categories: primary, or simple, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Primary snoring is characterized by loud upper-respiratory noises that occur during sleep. OSA, on the other hand, is a serious sleep disorder that causes you to start and stop breathing during sleep.
Injection snoreplasty is a nonsurgical treatment to address primary snoring that involves your Weight Loss and Vitality provider injecting a hardening agent into your upper palate.
Researchers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center developed the procedure and presented it at the 2000 annual meeting of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation.
The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate for injection snoreplasty is to make an appointment with the team at Weight Loss and Vitality. Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, the team can make recommendations that align with your individual needs.
That said, prior to injection snoreplasty, the team always screens for OSA by performing a sleep test. If the team determines you have OSA, they’ll likely recommend a different type of treatment.
At Weight Loss and Vitality, Dr. Alicia Sanderson performs injection snoreplasty on-site as an outpatient procedure.
On the day of your appointment, your provider administers local anesthesia to numb your nose and throat. Once the anesthesia sets in, your provider injects a hardening agent just under your skin at the top of your mouth, in front of your uvula or upper palate. The injection creates a small blister that hardens after a few days, forming scar tissue. The scar tissue pulls your floppy uvula forward, eliminating the palatal flutter that causes snoring.
Your provider might recommend a series of injections, depending on the severity of your snoring problem.
Following your injection snoreplasty, you’re moved to an observation room. The team monitors you for 30-45 minutes to ensure you experience no side effects.
In the first 24-48 hours following treatment, you may experience a sore throat or minor irritation. If the pain persists, the team recommends taking an over-the-counter painkiller like Tylenol or Advil or sucking on a throat lozenge.
You might also continue to snore for a week or two following your procedure. This is perfectly normal, and your snoring should subside over time.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of injection snoreplasty, call or click the online booking tool and make an appointment at Weight Loss and Vitality today.