Khatwa Snoring Services

Snoring Services

Is snoring a common problem?

Yes, at least 20% of the adult population snore regularly and loud enough to disturb those around them.

Why do some people snore and others do not?

The following 5 things are most likely to make you snore:

  • Being overweightPeople who are overweight are much more likely to snore than those who are the correct weight for their height.
  • Getting olderSnoring gets worse with age.
  • GenderMen are three times more likely to snore than women, but of course women are also afflicted.
  • Drinking alcoholAlcohol makes snoring worse.
  • SmokingSmoking makes snoring worse.

Is there any other factors that influence whether people snore?

  • Families who snoreSnoring may run in families. Snoring is related to the shape of your throat.
  • A blocked noseIf you have a blocked nose at night, this may cause snoring. Correcting the nasal abnormality may reduce the snoring.
  • Sleeping positionOften lying on your side reduces snoring, particularly if it is not very severe.
  • In childrenLarge tonsils and adenoids can cause severe snoring and sleep apnoea in children. This may be so severe as to require urgent treatment.

What is sleep apnoea?

Sleep Apnoea is when you stop breathing during sleep. The sleep Apnoea which occurs in snorers is called obstructive sleep Apnoea because the throat actually blocks while you are sleeping. Sufferers can be seen to be struggling for air and tend to wake with a loud grunt or snort. Sometimes they actually hear their own snoring and if a snorer is waking himself up at night, it is often because of sleep Apnoea.

Is snoring related to sleep apnoea?

Sleep Apnoea and snoring are part of the same condition. Bad snorers tend to develop sleep Apnoea. The five important factors in snoring also apply to sleep Apnoea. However, occasional stopping of breathing during sleep is not unusual. This can happen up to four times an hour and not be important, but if it is happening regularly and causing sleep disturbance and tiredness, it may well be significant.

What should you do before seeing a doctor about snoring?

  • If you are overweight for your height, you should set about losing the weight. If you go and see your doctor about snoring and you are overweight, the first advice you will receive is to lose weight.
  • If you drink any alcohol, consider the amount you drink and the effect it has on your snoring. Try avoiding alcohol and noting the effect it has on your snoring.
  • If you smoke, consider giving this up and expecting a benefit. Please be aware that stopping smoking does not result in weight gain.

What will happen when you are seen in the Snoring Clinic?

  • You will be asked about the problem.
  • You will be examined, including your weight and height to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).
  • You will be advised about weight loss if appropriate.
  • You may have some form of “sleep study” recommended and arranged. The essentially involves measuring your blood oxygen level, breathing and pulse rate. It can be done either in the hospital overnight or by using a portable machine to take home overnight.

What will happen when you are seen in the Snoring Clinic?

  • You will be asked about the problem.
  • You will be examined, including your weight and height to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).
  • You will be advised about weight loss if appropriate.
  • You may have some form of “sleep study” recommended and arranged. The essentially involves measuring your blood oxygen level, breathing and pulse rate. It can be done either in the hospital overnight or by using a portable machine to take home overnight.
  • If the “sleep study” reveals you have sleep apnoea specific treatment will be recommended: “Continuous Positive Airway Pressure” (CPAP) treatment. This involves wearing a mask over your nose at night. The mask gently blows air into you all the time, holding the airway open during breathing. This treatment is effective but needs careful supervision, particularly at first and not all patients find it tolerable or useful.
  • If your nose is blocked and contributing significantly towards the snoring, you may be offered an operation to clear your nose, or you can have a device to keep your nasal airway patent during a nights sleep

Nasal dilator (for nasal snoring)

Uvulopalatoplasty (snoring operation on the palate)

  • If you are slim and have a narrow throat, you may be offered surgery to your palate to shorten or stiffen it so that the snoring stops. There are a range of operations done for this and you need to discuss the benefits and risks of what you are being offered.
  • If your airway closes at the level of your tongue, you may be offered a Mandibular Advancement Prosthesis (this may need to be arranged through a dentist). This is worn in your mouth to pull your lower jaw forward at night. This holds the airway open.

Oral appliance (for base of tongue snoring)

  • If you are slim and have a narrow throat, you may be offered surgery to your palate to shorten or stiffen it so that the snoring stops. There are a range of operations done for this and you need to discuss the benefits and risks of what you are being offered.

Uvulopalatoplasty (snoring operation on the palate)

  • If your airway closes at the level of your tongue, you may be offered a Mandibular Advancement Prosthesis (this may need to be arranged through a dentist). This is worn in your mouth to pull your lower jaw forward at night. This holds the airway open.

Oral appliance (for base of tongue snoring)

Appointments & Information

Office

Nuffield Health Plymouth
Derriford Road
Plymouth
PL6 8BG

Nuffield Health Exeter
Wornford Road
Exeter
EX2 4UG

Hours

M-F: 8am - 10pm S-S: Closed

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