Heavy snoring may be the sign of a more serious problem like sleep apnea, but help is available, so you don’t have to be concerned about how to treat it. Laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is a simple laser treatment for sleep apnea, which can be performed with only local anesthesia (click here). This article takes a closer look at LAUP, and how it relieves sleep apnea.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring occurs when the tissues of the airways vibrate, usually due to a disturbance in the normal air flow. Individuals with sleep apnea experience several interruptions in their breathing during the night. These disruptions prevent them from having a restful night’s sleep, and often leave them feeling tired and lethargic in the daytime.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. It is usually caused by excess soft tissue at the back of the throat which collapses during sleep, blocking the airway.
Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)
LAUP is an outpatient procedure that involves the removal of excess tissue from the throat. Treatment is done under local anesthesia and takes about 30 minutes. LAUP is quite safe, and is known to significantly reduce snoring (learn more).
Patients are usually able to resume regular activities after the session. However, they may experience a sore throat that lasts for several days.
If you have sleep apnea and would like to know how to treat it with only local anesthesia, contact the Bay Area Laser Cosmetic Surgery Center. They have offices in Pinole and Larkspur, CA. Dr. Armen Serebrakian will do a full evaluation to find out if the LAUP procedure would be right for you. You can schedule a consultation by calling (510)724-8282 for the office in Pinole, or (415) 461-5755 for the Larkspur office.