1° WHAT CAUSES SNORING?
Snoring occurs when floppy tissue in the airway relaxes during sleep
Most snoring is caused by an enlarged soft palate and uvula
in the back of the mouth, although the tongue, tonsils, adenoids and
congested nasal passages can also contribute to the sound.
The level of snoring can be aggravated by excess weight, alcohol
intake, smoking, allergies, use tranquilizers, and sleeping on the back.
2° IS SNORING DANGEROUS TO MY HEALTH?
Snoring may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea, a serious
disorder in which the snorer stops breathing several times an hour during
If you snore loudly, have frequent pauses in breathing while asleep,
wake up gasping for air, suffer from sleepiness during the day, fall
asleep easily during the day, there is a high probability that you suffer
from sleep apnea.
Your ENT at the LONDON SNORING CENTRE, Dr Coudert
, will perform a full examination to determine
whether you are a « simple snorer» or if you have a more
significant breathing disorder.
Either condition may be easily treated - simple snoring with
the Somnoplasty procedure and obstructive sleep apnea
by a variety of other approaches, dependent on the results of the overnight
3° HOW WILL MY ENT INVESTIGATE MY SNORING?
If you are considering treatment for your snoring, it is essential
to rule out obstructive sleep apnea.
A careful examination of your medical story will be done, your ENT
at the LONDON SNORING CENTRE, Dr Coudert,
will perform a full examination, and perhaps prescribe an overnight
sleep test (silent night home testing system).
If you are approved for the Somnoplasty procedure and you elect
to proceed, an appointment will be scheduled for the procedure itself.
4° WHAT IS SOMNOPLASTY?
Somnoplasty, a revolutionary new treatment for snoring, has
been developed by Somnus Medical Technologies (Sunyvale, California,
Agreed by FDA, Somnoplasty use a low power, low temperature radiofrequency
energy to treat a well defined area in the soft palate and / or
It is a relatively painless minimally invasive procedure.
The procedure takes place in the physician’s office under
local anesthesia (like a dental procedure), and usually takes
less than thirty minutes.
Radiofrequency energy is delivered by a special needle beneath
the surface layer of the soft palate called the mucosa. The treated
tissue is heated just enough to create an area of coagulation.
Over the next four to six weeks, the treated tissue is naturally
removed by the body, reducing the volume and stiffening
the area responsible for your snoring.
There may be some swelling and discomfort for a few days following the
procedure, not unlike the feeling of an oncoming cold.
The Somnoplasty procedure is virtually painless and allows
for a quick recovery.
Frequently, nasal obstruction aggravates snoring, due to enlarged
Another special needle, shorter, permits to treat these turbinates with
the Somnoplasty procedure.
During the next month or so, you should experience a gradual decrease
in your snoring, and for most people the problem is resolved.
For some patients, depending on your level of snoring after 6-8 weeks,
a second Somnoplasty procedure may be indicated.
5° AM I A CANDIDATE FOR SOMNOPLASTY?
If you snore loudly and frequently and do not have other
breathing disorders, the Somnoplasty procedure may be a solution
for you. Your ENT at the LONDON SNORING CENTRE, Dr
Coudert, will perform a full examination to
evaluate your situation and determine if there are any factors that
would rule out the Somnoplasty procedure.
6° WHO ARE THE PHYSICIANS PERFORMING SOMNOPLASTY
IN THE LONDON SNORING CENTRE?
Dr François Coudert is
a French ENT surgeon with a great experience of ENT in France.
Setting up in 1983, he performed more than 5000 operations
in private practice and Paris hospitals. Specialized in snoring disorders
and sleep apnea syndroms, he always performed the most up to date
techniques possible, notably Laser surgery , and now uses
a revolutionary treatment, the Somnoplasty procedure,
which is less painful than Laser whith almost the same results.
Still practising in France, he now performs the Somnoplasty
procedure in London at 10 HARLEY STREET.
7° HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
The LONDON SNORING CENTRE is located at 10 Harley Street
building. Call our appointment desk at 020 7467 8493
8° ASK A SPECIAL QUESTION OR NEED FURTHER INFORMATION?
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