Snoring noises not only disturb partners, but in some cases can also point towards serious disruptions to health. Snoring may also go hand in hand with lapses in breathing,
which may occur for up to ten seconds several times an hour, so the body is inevitably susceptible to a dangerous lack of oxygen. Loud, explosive snoring noises point to the breathing centre in the brain reacting to a reduced level of oxygen in the blood. Prolonged nightly stress can lead to tiredness during the day and a lack of concentration, but can also trigger other consequences for health including high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmias and mood swings.
It is only through individual analysis and examination that the causes can be identified and the snoring problems effectively resolved. In the sleep laboratory, sleep recordings enable us to differentiate between standard snoring and sleep-apnoea syndrome.
The examination focuses on precisely identifying the patient’s physical status (obesity), the respiratory tract in the nose (distortion of the septum, thickening of the nasal concha), the nasal pharynx, the base of the tongue, the position of the lower jaw and the palate in order to create an individual therapy plan for each patient.
Simple measures such as weight reduction, a change in diet and exercise can help to alleviate these symptoms.
If the examination reveals anatomical constrictions in the respiratory tract, an individual treatment plan is created that uses minimally invasive surgical methods (straightening of the septum, reduction of the nasal concha with the radio frequency probe, straightening of the palate, treatment of the base of the tongue) to improve and rectify the symptoms of snoring and sleep apnoea.