Snoring and ENT Related Sleep Disorders
Nasal obstruction is a major contributing factor in snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). During sleep, your breathing is actually worse with your mouth open than if it is closed. Mouth breathing may be habitual, but is usually a result of nasal obstruction.
Surgery to improve the nasal airway i.e to correct nasal obstruction can reduce the level of OSA. In patients with snoring or mild OSA, nasal surgery alone may be sufficient treatment.
Even for patients with moderate or severe OSA, treating nasal obstruction is often an essential component of a comprehensive management plan. For patients who are on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, ensuring that the nose is clear will allow them to use a nasal pillow or nasal mask. This is much more comfortable than a full-face mask.
Nasal airway surgery includes any operations which result in decreased nasal obstruction:
- Inferior turbinate reduction with radiofrequency or Coblation
- Inferior turbinoplasty
- Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) for nasal polyps
These are covered separately in their own sections. You may click on the links to find out more.