If a person’s snore, is a soft sound at the beginning, but little by little as the years pass, it changes and becomes  a nightmare for the spouse and family; is considered, now a days, to be a disease  and of dangerous consequences.


Did you know that during the night a people who snore, suffer of a bad oxygenation, don’t sleep right, in moments they  suffocate with out realizing it, because of lack of air; when they wake up in the morning they are in a bad mood, with a sore throat, they are sleepy, and they can’t work properly.


The fundamental problem for all people who snore happens when the free flow of air finds an obstruction as it passes by the back part of the nose and the mouth, because the space between the palate, uvula, tonsils, tongue, has disappeared, so the structures vibrate and hit against each other, reaching 50,000 impacts each night. The edema which results each day grows little by little, causing complications that in some cases if the person is drunk can cause death.



The main complication is nocturnal apnea which is when the person stops breathing or the breathing is interrupted, because of the obstruction. The episodes can last 10 seconds and happen more than 7 times each hour; these people can experience 30 to 300 episodes during the night.  The concentration of oxygen diminishes and the heart has to pump stronger so the blood can circulate faster, as time passes it causes the increase of arterial pressure and the enlargement of the heart.


Snoring is caused because:

·         Weakness of the muscles of the mouth, throat and larynx.

·         Flabbiness of the tissues. (this causes the collapse)

·         Obstruction because the tongue collapses towards the hypopharynx

·         Hipertrophic tonsils

·         Excessive enlargement of the palate, uvula

·         Large tongue




Factors of susceptibility

Overweight (Although there are thin persons who snore)


Short and broad neck  



What to do when you snore: You should go to the otorhinolaryngologist  as soon as possible, to undergo a complete examination, a video endoscopy of the nose, pharynx, larynx, etc.



The most frequent surgeries to treat snoring, are:

1.    Uvolopalatopharyngoplasty with high frequency (modern method):  This consists in remodeling the soft tissues of the palate and the uvula, moving them away from the tongue, so they stop hitting one against the other. A tonsillectomy can be performed at the same time (not in all cases), under local anesthesia (almost always) or general anesthesia. 


2.    Somnoplasty Procedure (For less complicated cases), which uses the energy of the radio frequency to treat the soft tissues of the palate and the uvula, causing a natural retraction of these, decreasing the size and strengthening the area responsible of the snoring.


3.   Functional Septum Rhinoplasty: to correct the internal and external deformities of the  nose. The patient who doesn’t breath naturally through the nose, snores.



4.   Nasal endoscopic Surgery: In cases of rhinosinus or polyps


All the above mentioned surgeries (1 – 4) are out-patient procedures, not too painful, and the recovery is very fast.


5.Maxillo Facial Surgery: in case of malformations



There is a solution for people who snore, don’t waste your time, go to your doctor


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