What causes snoring?

Snoring happens when you can’t move air freely through your nose and throat during sleep. This makes the surrounding tissue vibrate, which produces the familiar snoring sounds. People who snore often have too much ‘floppy’ throat and/or nasal tissue, which is more prone to vibrating.

People who are overweight or pregnant often have additional tissue. Likewise, genetic factors such as enlarged tonsils, large adenoids, long soft palate or long uvula can have the same effect. Alcohol, smoking, aging and certain medications can also cause the muscles to relax, resulting in snoring. Simple things like congestion from a cold or flu can have a temporary effect causing you to snore while you are unwell.

Snoring is not only depriving you and your partner of a good night’s sleep, it’s also putting your health at risk. Snoring can lead to interruptions of breathing and so less air gets into your lungs.

This can result in

  • Less oxygenation of the blood, and so your brain starts to panic and you get less or lighter sleep and not enough rest.
  • Less oxygen leads to the release of stress hormones as your brain tries to wake you up to start breathing again. This can result in higher blood pressure and may cause enlargement of the heart, with higher risks of heart attack and stroke.
  • More cortisol and adrenaline which, over time, can lead to weight gain and even diabetes.

Your body will try to get more oxygen to your cells by building more blood vessels and capillaries which can encourage cancer cell growth.

In the simplest terms, if you free the airways to allow air to pass through the nose and throat it will stop the vibration of tissues which stops snoring and increases your oxygen supply.

This can be from simple advice that you receive during your initial appointment or if you are a suitable candidate it may involve Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP).

LAUP is a simple laser procedure which involves freeing the airways by shrinking the uvula and remodeling the excess vibrating soft tissue. As it is performed under local anaesthetic you will not experience any pain during the treatment.

Everyone must attend for an initial assessment with Dr. Pearse Phelan. This is to determine if you are a suitable candidate for LAUP treatment or if simple advice and education is enough to resolve your problem.

If you are a suitable candidate you will be given all the relevant information to take away and if you decide to continue you can contact the clinic to book the procedure.

On the procedure day you will be met by both Dr. Pearse Phelan and Professor Yves Kamami who will look after you throughout the appointment. They will conduct another assessment and then under take the procedure which takes around 15 minutes to perform. You will be in and out of the clinic in an hour, ready to return to your life straight away.

Following the procedure, you will receive a follow up call from Dr. Pearse Phelan to ensure all has gone as expected.

The majority of our patients experience long term resolution of their snoring after the procedure. Dr. Pearse Phelan will contact you following the procedure and if you have any ongoing concerns he will recommend the next course of action. This may involve a follow up appointment with either Dr. Phelan or Professor Kamami.

Initial Appointment €150.  This is payable when you book the appointment. If you cancel within excess of 48 hours’ notice this amount is refundable.

LAUP Procedure:

One area (nose or throat) €1950

Two areas (nose and throat) €2,450

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