As per the American Academy of Otolarynglolgy 45% of the males have s snoring problem of variable degree.
What is snoring..? The noisy sounds of snoring occur when there is an obstruction to the free flow of air through the passages at the back of the mouth and nose. This area is the collapsible part of the airway where the tongue and upper throat meet the soft palate and uvula. Snoring occurs when these structures strike each other and vibrate during breathing.
In children, snoring may be a sign of problems with the tonsils and adenoid
Snoring can lead to disrupted sleep, daytime tiredness and poor concentration – both for the person who snores and anyone sleeping close by.
Why is Snoring a serious problem..? Socially snoring can make the snorer an object of ridicule and can cause the bed partner to experience sleepless nights and fatigue.
Medically: It disturbs sleeping patterns and deprives the snorer of adequate rest. It may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can lead to serious, long-term health problems including cardiac problems.Hence snoring has to be taken as a serious illiness
Management of Snoring : At Juvekars Snoring Clinic we have the latest Radio Frequency machine to treat snoring. Radiofrequency tissue reduction is a procedure for shrinking redundant tissue. It is used to reduce the volume of an enlarged soft palate and uvula as a treatment for habitual snoring. Unlike surgery or laser techniques, radiofrequency technique uses very low energy to create finely controlled coagulative zones underneath the mucosal layer. These zones are naturally resorbed by the body, altering the tissue structure by reducing excess tissue.
Recovery after Radiofrequency treatment : After the surgery, most people report a little pain, such as a mild sore throat, that lasts 1 or 2 days
Radiofrequency palatoplasty or for base of tongue is usually performed in a doctor’s office, and many people return to work and other regular activities in about 2 days.
The effect of Radio-Frequency treatment is usually achieved after 3 weeks.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea :
Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, arises from what is basically a mechanical problem. During sleep the patient’s tongue falls back against his or her soft palate, and the soft palate and uvula fall back against the back of the throat, effectively closing the airway.
Why this blockage occurs is some people and not others is not clear. The condition appears to develop more frequently among people who sleep on their back, are middle-aged, are overweight, and are male. The differences are relative, however. OSA is seen in both sexes and in patients of all body types, ages, and favored sleeping positions.
Flaccidity of the tongue and throat muscles results from improper or inadequate signaling from the brain.
OSA left is a serious matter. In many cases it leads to debilitating daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, depression, and a general sense of unwellness.
Over time it gives rise to high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and other life-threatening and life-shortening diseases.