How common is snoring?
In adults simple snoring is very common. The incidence increases with age. Simple snoring is defined as loud upper airway breathing sounds without episodes of apnoea ( no breathing) or hypoventilation ( reduced breathing). Some studies estimate around a quarter of all men snore. Although fewer women snore, the number increases greatly in middle age.
What are the health risks of snoring?
Various studies have found regular snoring increases the risk of high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.
How does snoring affect me on a day to day basis?
Studies have found regular snorers to be less alert during the day. This also manifests as impaired performance at home and work.
How can I reduce my snoring?
Simple measures such as losing weight (in the obese) or stopping smoking can be effective for some people. For others however treatment may require medical or surgical intervention.
I see lots of adverts to cure snoring. How reliable are they?
Many devices are marketed for snorers. Some devices or operations may work for some but not for all, many don’t work at all.
One of the problems faced by snorers when purchasing equipment or undergoing surgery to stop their snoring is getting an accurate assessment of their chance of success. Although most practitioners will be able to produce testimonials its more difficult to find out what percentage of their clients experience benefit.
Where does the snoring come from?
There are three main areas in the upper airway that are responsible for snoring. These are:
- The nose
- The soft palate (roof of the mouth) and tonsils
- The base of the tongue
One or more of these areas are usually responsible for the noise of snoring.
Mr Banerjee performs a full investigation to identify the site of airway compromise before offering any treatment, be it medical or surgical. Patients come in all shapes and sizes, therefore the treatment options need to fit the problem to get symptom resolution.
Patients undergo a full consultation followed by the latest in diagnostic techniques before treatment is offered. Sleep investigations involve the use of a highly innovative piece of equipment called an Apneagraph. An Apneagraph is the only technology in the world that combines a sleep study with a Nasal-Pharyngeal pressure recording to pin- point the root cause of the snoring problem. This allows best practice for each patient to be performed. Following this accurate advice can be given regarding the best treatment to target the site of the problem.
If you would like to arrange a consultation with Mr Banerjee to look into this condition further please contact us.