Snoring Treatment in New Orleans

Injection Snoreplasty (IS) is a method doctors use to help people stop snoring. They use a needle to put a special medicine into the roof of the mouth. This was first done by army doctors in 2000. This method can make the snoring less loud and less frequent, but it's not for everyone.

What do I need before getting Injection Snoreplasty?

Before trying this, you need to take a sleep test. This is because some people have a condition called sleep apnea, where they sometimes stop breathing while sleeping. If this is the case, they might need a different kind of treatment.

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How is Injection Snoreplasty treatment done?

The treatment is simple. A doctor numbs the roof of your mouth and then puts a tiny bit of a special medicine into the skin. This causes a small blister that hardens over a couple of days and helps to reduce the snoring. Sometimes, you need to have this done more than once to get the best results. If you are still snoring, or if the doctor thinks you have sleep apnea, you might need more tests or a different treatment.

What is the aftercare like for Injection Snoreplasty treatment?

You might feel slight soreness once the treatment is done. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines and throat lozenges can help with associated discomfort. You might still snore for a few days, but it should get better. The doctor might want to do another sleep test to see how well the treatment worked.

What are the side effects of Injection Snoreplasty?

You might feel like you have a sore throat or like something is stuck in your throat after the treatment. Again, some over-the-counter medicine and lozenges can help.

About Sotradecol

The medicine that doctors usually use for Injection Snoreplasty is called Sotradecol. It's safe for this treatment, but it's important to remember that if it's not used properly, it can cause problems. ENT & Allergy of New Orleans are highly skilled in this treatment and do all the pre-qualifying tests necessary before suggesting IS as a treatment to reduce side effects and unnecessary treatments.

Why is snoring a health problem?

A lot of adults snore - about 45% sometimes, and 25% do it all the time, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. It can be a problem because it keeps others awake. But more importantly, it may be a sign of other health issues.

Snoring happens when air can't move freely through the back of the mouth and nose. This causes the structures in that area to vibrate and make a snoring sound.

While mild snoring is usually harmless, disruptive or frequent snoring may be due to underlying symptoms of sleep apnea. The side effects of long-term snoring increase health risks and increase the risk of stroke and heart attack.

Some of these include:

  • Brain fog
  • Lower blood oxygen levels (hypoxia).
  • Fatigue (feeling very tired during the day).
  • High blood pressure

Sleep Apnea may also be a telltale sign you have hypertension or type-2 diabetes.

What are the best treatments for snoring?

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment. There is also testing that needs and should be done to answer this since each person has different needs.

For example, snoring may be a noise issue or a sign of sleep apnea (as mentioned above), which is a serious condition. When you set up an appointment with ENT & Allergy of New Orleans, we help you get to the root cause and set up the best treatment plan based on your needs.

There are different ways to deal with snoring, including:

  • Changes in lifestyle
  • Diet
  • Dental devices
  • Surgical treatments.

There are many types of treatments out there, too - some use a laser to make changes in the roof of the mouth, others use targeted radio waves to heat and shrink the tissue, and then there are old fashion lifestyle changes.

It's important to talk to a doctor to find the best solution for you, and ENT & Allergy of New Orleans is ready to help.

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