The ENT service can help if you are having a specific problems with your nose and throat that is causing sleep apnoea or snoring.
There are a range of operations to help with snoring and sleep apnoea. We will discuss the benefits and risks of any treatment.
What will happen at my appointment?
During your appointment, you will be assessed and we will:
- Ask you about your symptoms and how long you have experienced them
- Examine your weight and height to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI).
- Advise about weight loss if appropriate.
- Arrange a sleep study with the sleep service.
If your blocked nose is causing the snoring, you may be offered an operation to clear your nose.
This might include septal surgery.
If you are slim, you might have a narrow throat. You may be offered surgery to your palate to shorten or stiffen it so that the snoring stops.
If your airway closes at the level of your tongue, you may be offered a Mandibular Advancement Prosthesis. This may need to be arranged through a dentist.
Treatment for children
In children who snore badly or have obstructive sleep apnoea, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy can be very effective in curing the problem.
How can I be referred into the service?
You can be referred into the service by your GP or by a consultant.