Snoring is undoubtedly one of the most common sleep disorders, and it is estimated that over 40 per cent of people around the world are affected by it. At that, according to the experts, snoring is very often accompanied with other sleep disorder known as sleep apnea, a condition linked to temporary interruptions of breathing during the night’s sleep. Sleep apnea affects up to 10 per cent of people around the globe, and in today’s UK over 120 thousand people are suffering from sleep apnea. This condition is pretty serious and should never be left untreated, in order to avoid possible side effects. Fortunately, there are many techniques and ways to stop snoring, which include doing special breathing exercises on a regular basis, using nasal strips or one of the most suitable stop snoring devices, and so on. Every day, hundreds of patients with sleep apnea and chronic snoring problem visit hospitals in order to find a solution for their embarrassing condition.
Despite the fact that there are plenty of possible solutions for snoring and sleep apnea, not all of them can work fine for certain patients. I.e., for many people it is hard to use stop snoring devices because they are bulky and it is not comfortable to use them while sleeping. However, the risks related to chronic snoring and a lack of oxygen at night include elevated blood pressure, increased risks of heart disease, diabetes mellitus, and other quite serious health conditions. At the same time, scientists are working hard on creating new technologies and ways to stop snoring, with increased effectiveness and available for everyone. The newest trend in this field is surgical solution to the problem. A small surgical procedure with very high effectiveness is offered to those who are suffering from chronic snoring, instead of using bulky stop snoring devices or other existing methods.
The essence of the method is the following. A small part of tongue is being cut away (mainly from the part known as epiglottis), aiming to chop the part of the tongue which flops to the back at night and blocks the airway. In this case, even if the tongue still falls back at night, the airway will remain free and a person will be able to breathe freely. Another variation of this approach includes also making the airway of the patient with storing a little larger, in order to reduce the risks of obstruction and snoring at night. This can be achieved by removing some pieces from the top of the mouth. The most interesting part about this new technology is using robotic surgery performed with a special automated device Da Vinci which is widely used for prostate surgeries. This considerably reduces the risks of mistakes, as well as makes the procedure more affordable and available for a greater number of people.
Many experts say that this technology is one of the best and the most effective ways to stop snoring, which has been practiced for about a year in St Mary’s Hospital, London. It takes about two hours to complete the procedure, and due to very effective anaesthetic patients feel no pain, even when the effects are starting wearing out. It takes about 48 hours to recover totally and get a relieve from painful swallowing, one of the most disturbing aftereffects. Even now, on the firsts stages of practical use of this method, the success rate is estimated to be over 80 per cent. The risks of infection with this surgery are very small. This approach can be a great alternative to stop snoring devices or other natural ways to stop snoring. It works great and can help many people get rid of snoring, especially with sleep apnea.