About half of all people snore at some point, although it’s more common among men and those who are overweight. It affects your daytime function and leads to hypertension, heart disease, mood and memory problems, and even death.
People who snore may suffer from poor muscle tone in the tongue and throat, excessive bulkiness of throat tissue, a long soft palate and/or uvula, or obstructed nasal airways.
“While you sleep, the muscles of your throat relax, your tongue falls backward, and your throat becomes narrow and floppy,” said M. Salah Lababidy, M.D., board certified pulmonologist and medical director of the Silver Cross Sleep Disorders Center. “The walls of the throat begin to vibrate when you breathe, leading snoring. Sometimes the walls of the throat collapse completely so that it is completely occluded, creating a condition called obstructive sleep apnea.”
Common treatments include continuous positive airway pressure device (CPAP) that gently blows air into the airway to keep it open while you sleep; dental appliances to reposition the jaw and tongue; nerve stimulation, and outpatient surgery.
Dr. Sung Chung, M.D., board certified otolaryngologist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital and fellowship trained in head and neck surgery, is experienced in a variety of surgical techniques to alleviate snoring and treat sleep apnea such as:
--CoblationŽ Soft Palate Treatment
“Although CPAP is approximately 95% effective in curing sleep apnea, the compliance rate is only 40-45%,” said Dr. Chung. “With quick, minimally invasive procedures such as the Repose 75-90% of patients can be cured when performed in conjunction with palate and nasal surgery.”
To learn more join Drs. Lababidy and Chung Wednesday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m. for a free lecture at the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Register at www.silvercross.org/sleepdisorderscenter.