Snoring is the most common sleep disorder in the US. 45% of normal adults snore at least occasionally, and 25% are habitual snorers. It can be loud, it can be bothersome, and it can get worse with age.
It occurs when there is an obstruction to the flow of air through the passages in the back of the nose and mouth. Often times the patient does not recognize the severity of the condition, but their bed partner does. Snoring can lead to health problems as well as strained or broken relationships. Loud or frequent snoring can also be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Snoring is more common for men than women, and more common in overweight individuals. When children snore, it may be a sign of problems with the tonsils and adenoids.
Dr. Scotch specializes in minimally invasive treatment and management to include somnoplasty, radiofrequency palatoplasty, pillar implants, and injection snoreplasty. In addition, Dr. Scotch is an experienced sleep surgeon skilled in tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, nasal septoplasty , turbinate reduction, genioglossus advancement, hyoid suspension and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). All in-office and surgical care is tailored to the individual to maximize improvement.