Surgery to Stop Snoring?

I am a 37 y.o. man who has developed really bad snoring. I've tried an anti-snoring pillow, no results. How do I tell if I need nose surgery to solve this? What type of nose surgery is used to address snoring? What percent of the time is it effective?

Doctor Answers 7

Nose Surgery to Improve Snoring

These are some general comments on Snoring and Nose Surgery;

  • Sleep study should be done to diagnose the problem.
  • Evaluation of the nose, inside of  the nose, and mouth can give you the answer as to the possible cause.
  • Many times a combination of airway surgery (working inside the mouth and nose, therby increasing the diameter of the airway)  is ncessary.
  • Please consult an experienced surgeon for more precise diagnosis and treatment options.
  • A combination of Septoplasty, Turbinoplasty, and working on the soft palate and tongue can help many patients with this condition.

This is an overview and hope you will find it helpful.


Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Snoring and options for treatment

If it is due to your nose, the breathe right nasal strips may help and you may want to try this at night first. If you are overweight, weight loss may be beneficial. You will probably best be served by first seeing a specialist which is typically an ENT. Many of the same causes that contribute to sleep apnea may be associated with snoring. A physical exam to evaluate your airway is in order and may be followed up with a sleep study. Depending on peripheral vs central causes, various options may be advised. There are a variety of methods to limit snoring which is due to the soft palate and can involve palatal lifts. CPAP devices may also be useful. Airwary surgery may also be indicated. As you can see this is very complex and I am oversimplfying the explanation

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Nose surgery and snoring

Snoring is a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea and should be evaluated by sleep study and clinical evaluation. Nasal surgery to improve snoring may consist of septoplasty, turbinate reduction, and nasal valve reconstruction. Evaluation with a board certified sleep surgeon is recommended. 

Jose E. Barrera, MD, FACS
San Antonio Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Oral Appliance

You should consult with a physician to get a sleep study completed to see if your snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea.  Secondly, have you ever considered an oral appliance to help with the snoring?  Under certain circumstances, a simple oral appliance might be all you need to improve the snoring issue.  It will take a little time for a dentist to calibrate the oral appliance specifically to a patient.  After it's calibrated, it just takes time and dedication to wear it before a patient feels comfortable with the appliace.  Please review the informative link about oral appliances, it explains everything very well.  

Thomas R. Gonzales, DDS
Las Vegas Dentist
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Treatment of snoring

Snoring can be a physiologically and socially difficult problem to deal with. However, as mentioned above, a sleep study is the best place to start. Such a study can help you and your physician to understand your sleep dynamics and possibly diagnose sleep apnea, if present. From there, several treatment options exist. Weight loss, in those who are overweight, particularly in the neck region, can help. While CPAP and breathe right nasal strips can also help, an examination by an ENT, can help to identify an anatomic cause for snoring, if it exists, in the nose but also in the soft palate, base of tongue or pharynx. In terms of the nose, a septoplasty and inferior turbinate reduction has helped some patients with snoring in the past but these patients generally complained of difficulty breathing through their nose and longstanding snoring A thorough ENT exam is probably your best bet.

Sheldon S. Kabaker, MD FACS
San Francisco Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Conservative Snoring Solutions

 The CPAP machine is the gold standard for Sleep Disorders. The bad news is a lot people don't wear the machine. The good news is there is a great dental device as an alternative. See the attached video about oral snoring and sleep apnea devices that can be constructed by a trained dentist.

Mickey Bernstein, DDS
Memphis Dentist
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Depends on the cause...

Snoring can be a complicated problem. It can be caused by turbulent air flow at any point in the respiratory tract. This means that the cause could be in the nose, could be the soft palate (the soft part of the roof of the mouth), the base of the tongue, or in rare cases the voice box. In some cases, it may be a multilevel problem. The first step in determining the cause of your snoring is visiting an ENT (ears, nose and throat or otolaryngologist) surgeon. He can place a small fiberoptic scope in the nose and better charactize areas of problems. More importantly the ENT surgeon can help to determine if further testing for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is necessary. Snoring can be an indication of OSA which can be a significant medical condition. Good luck in your search!!

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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