The National Health Service (NHS) plan to phase out surgical intervention to cure chronic snoring.
Together with 16 other surgical procedures, operations to prevent snoring have been considered “ineffective”. The Clinical Commission said 17 procedures currently available on the NHS are unnecessary and the risks outweigh the benefits.
Snoring can range from the occasional night of noise to significantly disturbing your partner every night. In more severe cases, snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.
It was previously thought that surgery to remove soft tissue around the throat and nasal areas would prevent snoring.
However, the joint committee of clinical commissioning groups concludes there is no evidence that surgery to the palate improves snoring.
Furthermore, the risks involved with the surgery could result in patients experiencing persistent side effects.
What does snoring surgery involve?
Snoring is caused when the upper airway is obstructed. This creates a vibration that originates from airflow disturbing soft tissues in the upper respiratory tract.
Typical surgical procedures to prevent snoring include removing tissue in the throat, widening the upper airway, correcting abnormally shaped walls or removing the tonsils, nasal polyps and adenoids.
The goal of nasal and throat surgery is to reposition bony structures in the upper airway in order to provide a clear passage for air to flow through. In some cases, several surgical procedures are required.
Some procedures also require plastic cylinder implants in the roof of the mouth to stiffen the soft tissues to prevent it from vibrating.
How to stop snoring
Snoring can be caused by a number of reasons. There are natural remedies to prevent snoring without needing surgery. Observe snoring patterns and you will probably be able to identify a cure.
Conditions that foster snoring are age, obesity, nasal and sinus problems, alcohol, smoking, medications, or just the way you’re built. A narrow throat, cleft palate, or enlarged adenoids can all obstruct airflow.
For snorers that do not fall into the categories highlighted by the NHS will find solutions in various sleeping aids.
Another option is to alter your sleeping position by elevating your head four-inches. This encourages your tongue and jaw to fall forwards and clears the obstruction of airflow at the back of the throat.
The Goodnight Anti Snore Pillow evenly distributes the weight of your head and neck in order to allow the airway at the back of the throat to open. The pillow is made from sensitive memory foam which moulds into your natural sleeping pattern.
What’s more, the anti-snore pillow works when you sleep on your side, so if you struggle to get to sleep when lying on your back you don’t have to.
If you’ve been contemplating surgical intervention to prevent snoring, why not try one of our goodnight sleeping tools first. There is no risk and they are effective.