Snoring refers to the sounds created by vibration of the tissues in the upper airway and throat during sleep. It can be disruptive to partners and family, and socially isolating. It can results from obstruction of the nose, or vibration of the tongue, palate, uvula, tonsils and throat (pharynx).
Treatment options range from general lifestyle and dietary modifications, changes in sleep behaviours and position and consideration of corrective surgery.
Another important factor is the identification of sleep apnoea, which may be co-existent with snoring. This refers to a stoppage of breathing during sleep, and can result in poor sleep, hypertension, poor concentration, daytime tiredness and fatigue. An overnight sleep study may be helpful.
A thorough history and examination will allow you and your surgeon formulate a plan to treat your snoring and sleep apnoea related symptoms.