Can Rhinoplasty Resolve My Snoring Problem?
Posted by Dr. Sam Rizk January, 01/05/2015 - 07:01 PM
In most cases, rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic reasons. However, the procedure can also be performed for other reasons; for example, to reconstruct a nose that has been damaged due to trauma, or to resolve functional issues that cause snoring.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring may seem normal, but it can become a serious problem. In some cases it can make it difficult to breathe and sleep. Snoring can also annoy anyone within earshot of the person snoring.
More seriously, if snoring is not addressed it can lead to obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous conditions. What’s more, disrupted sleep can lead to health problems like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular problems.
Snoring can be caused by any number of things, including a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates and other factors. Luckily, the condition is often treatable. In some cases, rhinoplasty is the best way to fix the problem.
How Rhinoplasty Can Help
While not all of the factors that cause snoring can be corrected through rhinoplasty, some can.
For example, when the obstruction is caused by a deviated septum, a form of rhinoplasty called septoplasty can help. During septoplasty, an endoscopic telescope is used to view internal structures so that the procedure remains as minimally invasive as possible. The surgeon lifts and separates the mucus membrane above the septum and then alters the cartilage and bone as necessary. Areas of bone and/or cartilage are shaved or removed to clear the obstruction. In some cases, cartilage grafts may be used to strengthen or reconstruct the septum. Stitches and tissue glues will be used to seal the wound. The procedure takes an hour or two and is performed under general anesthesia.
If your breathing obstruction and snoring are caused by other problems like allergies or enlarged turbinates, other treatments may be used. These may include antihistamines, nasal steroid spray or a different type of surgery such as turbinoplasty or functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS).
Two Birds with One Stone
Unfortunately, in addition to causing you all sorts of health problems, snoring can adversely affect your partner as well — and therefore your relationship with that person. If your partner is kept up or woken up by you sawing logs on a nightly basis, he or she may become frustrated with you.
In fact, at least one study has found that a lack of sleep can affect a person’s feelings toward his or her partner. The study found that a lack of sleep often leads to a lack of gratitude. In addition, those suffering from sleep deficiency were more likely to act selfishly than good sleepers.
By addressing the root of your snoring problem, you may be able to improve not just your own health, but also that of your partner — and your relationship with that person.
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