Snoring / OSA

Snoring and other Sleep Disordered Breathing:

Extremely common affecting 24% of Male and 9% of Female Adults in the United States to a degree where it interferes with their lifestyle.

75 Million Americans suffer from some sort of sleep disordered breathing and of those approximately 1 million are diagnosed with sleep apnea every year.

Contributing Causes:

  • Anatomy of the Nose and Throat
  • Obesity
  • Lifestyle particularly the consumption of Alcohol.
  • Aging which decreases tissue elasticity


Noise caused by upper airway resistance. Usually produced in the soft palate and / or Uvula. May also be produced by the back of the nose or tonsils and tongue. Treatments to decrease snoring focus on the removal of these anatomic structures or in the case of the pillar procedure stiffening of the soft palate to decrease vibrations. This reverses the loss of elasticity caused by aging.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea:

Apnea which means no breath and Hypopnea which means little breath are potentially life threatening diseases. It is usually due to collapse of pharyngeal structures during sleep. Significant health consequences include Hypertension (high blood pressure), Myocardial Infarction (Heart attack) and stroke. It is a frequent cause of sexual dysfunction, depression and morning headache. It is a major cause of daytime tiredness leading to inattention and increased risk of accident or poor work performance.

Treatment Options:

Socially Disruptive Snoring Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Mild Moderate to Severe Very Severe
Do Nothing X X
Pillar Procedure X X X
Nasal Surgery* X X X X
UPPP/Tonsillectomy X X X X
Oral Appliance* X X X X
Tongue Procedures X X
Tracheostomy X

* See more about Other Snoring Procedures