At our London clinic, Jonathan Hughes himself, a Consultant ENT Surgeon, carries out procedures daily, treating ear, nose and throat problems and helping patients feel happier and more in control of their lives.
A common issue for our clients is that of snoring problems, which can disrupt sleep, affect relationships with others in the household and cause a sore or dry throat, potentially leading to throat problems. In this post, we’ll break down the causes of snorting and outline our treatment for correcting it.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is caused by vibrations when you breathe – including your tongue, airways, throat and mouth. When you’re asleep, your body causes these body parts to relax and narrow, which is why you don’t snore when you’re awake.
Lots of factors can make snoring worse, from smoking and drinking too much, to the position you sleep in, to your weight and lifestyle. That’s why it helps to try making some small changes before booking in for a consultation – because it might be as simple as losing some weight or sleeping on your side.
Treatment for snoring
The treatment depends on the cause. While there are certain devices you can try – such as a mouth device, vestibular shield and nasal strips – these don’t always help, and they don’t treat the underlying cause. That’s where surgery comes in.
How can surgery help my snoring?
As an ENT Doctor in London, Mr Hughes has extensive knowledge and qualifications in the field and can treat many different ENT conditions. Your surgery will depend on what’s causing you to snore, but common surgeries include a palatal implant, which stiffens your upper palate tissue to prevent vibration, and procedures that remove excess tissue around the throat’s opening, helping keep the airway more open. Some nasal and sinus surgeries may help, such as a septoplasty, which straightens the nose’s tissues and bones to help keep the airway open. During your consultation, Mr Hughes will talk you through possible treatments for your snoring problem, including a detailed description of the treatment, aftercare and any side effects.
Is there anything else I should know?
It’s important to remember that snoring surgery doesn’t always treat the problem, and snoring can come back. As an ENT Specialist, Dr Hughes can talk you through this at your consultation.
Booking in for snoring treatment in London
To contact our London clinic for snoring treatment with our ENT Specialist, you’ll first have to undergo a consultation. To book in, simply visit our contact page, fill out the form and a member of the team will be in touch.