Snoring

Dr. Saadat, who is Triple-Board Certified in Sleep Medicine, Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery), has extensive training and experience diagnosing and treating a variety of problematic sleep, snoring and breathing disorders including sleep apnea. Many issues can be solved with the proper diagnosis and a customized treatment plan tailored to the individual needs of each patient.

Snoring may indicate the presence of a more serious health issue, and is sometimes linked to chest pain, high blood pressure, sore throat, restless sleep, and gasping or choking at night. Lifestyle factors (i.e. alcohol consumption, being overweight) can contribute to and exacerbate snoring; however, the structural anatomy of the mouth and nasal structures must also be taken into account. Patients with a naturally elongated uvula, or with a thick, low, or soft palate are predisposed to having narrowed or obstructed airways. These patients are more likely to snore, as are patients with a deviated septum (crooked partition between the nostrils) or chronic nasal congestion. Snoring can also be linked to obstructive sleep apnea, a potentially serious medical condition.

We offer both surgical and non-surgical treatments for snoring including but not limited to the following procedures and encourage you to visit us for a thorough evaluation to determine the best option for you.

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
Performed under general anesthesia, this surgical procedure entails trimming and tightening excess tissues from the throat region to expand the breathing airways and minimize the vibrations causing the snoring.

Laser-Assisted Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (LAUPPP)
This outpatient procedure employs the use of a small, hand-held laser beam to decrease the length of the soft palate and remove the uvula, thereby enlarging the breathing airways while reducing vibration. More than one LAUPPP session is sometimes necessary for complete snoring cessation.

Please call us at (310) 247-9090 to discuss your treatment options and to schedule a consultation.

Dr. David Saadat