Snoring is the noisy breathing that happens when the air current causes a vibration in the soft structures of the throat. In most cases it is not a problem but it can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea.
Snoring may be a sign of Sleep Disordered Breathing which means there is a difficulty breathing during sleep. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea is a type of Sleep Disordered Breathing where there are times when breathing stops. Children with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea can have behavioural issues, bed-wetting, and learning difficulties. In severe cases it can place stress on the heart and lungs. In adults it can lead to high blood pressure and heart disease.
At North View ENT we see and treat patients with Snoring and Sleep Apnoea. This involves a complete assessment of the symptoms and in some cases a formal sleep study. We will look at the underlying cause of the problem and develop a plan to overcome the obstructed breathing. In children with large tonsils or adenoids which are obstructing the breathing then tonsil or adenoid surgery is warranted. Adults with confirmed Sleep Apnoea should consider the use of a CPAP machine so that the breathing improves. In these cases surgery to stop snoring is considered to reduce the CPAP pressures required and to make using the machines easier. Surgery is also offered to patients who are unable to tolerate the CPAP machines.