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Stop Snoring

Do you or someone you love suffer from snoring? If you snore loudly and frequently and do not have other breathing disorders, the Somnoplasty procedure may be a solution for you. 

The Causes of Snoring

When you sleep, floppy tissue in your airway can relax enough to vibrate, causing snoring. Snoring can be caused or worsened by:

  • Obesity
  • Alcohol intake
  • Smoking
  • Congested nasal passages
  • An enlarged soft palate or uvula
  • Issues with your tongue, tonsils, adenoids

Snoring is not dangerous, but could be a sign of other disorders, like sleep apnea, so see your doctor.

What is Somnoplasty?

Somnoplasty uses a wand-like instrument that emits radio-frequency energy to shrink excess soft tissue in the upper airway and it:

  • Takes less than thirty minutes
  • Is performed in the doctor's office
  • Requires only local anesthesia
  • Allows for a quick recovery

Costs & Recovery

  • You may experience a sore throat for 7-10 days, with increased snoring.
  • Snoring will usually begin to diminish in intensity by the 8th week.
  • If you do not notice significant improvement by ten weeks, the somnoplasty procedure may be repeated up to 3 times.


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