Snoring is a common problem that affects males more commonly than females. Factors such as obesity, alcohol, smoking, advancing years and sedative medications all tend to make snoring worse.
Snoring with the cessation of breathing occurring frequently throughout the night (Sleep Apnea) indicate a potential for serious medical conditions such as heart attack or stroke. These may occur as a result of the lack of oxygen in the blood. People with a significant snoring problem may awake in the morning feeling tired, not refreshed and may experience headaches.
About the Laup Procedure
The latest procedure for snoring is called LAUP (Laser Assisted Uvuloplasty). It is done using a low wattage carbon dioxide laser to shape and sculpt the soft palate and uvula. If the tonsils are still present and large, they may also be treated to diminish their size. The advantages of the laser procedure are:
· Easily done as an outpatient under local anaesthetic
· Treatment usually takes 20-30 minutes
· Risk of bleeding is much less than with the use of conventional therapy
· Moderate to severe sore throat can be expected for up to ten days but can be alleviated with medication provided
Is a Laup Procedure Right for Me?
The procedure may be repeated at a 6-8 week interval if necessary. Approximately 90% of patients have their snoring cured or significantly improved. A small number of patients may find the procedure fails to improve their snoring. LAUP therapy is not covered by OHIP or RAMQ.