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Snoring #3. What can be done about it? A daily series of blogs by Mike Dilkes, ENT-laser.

ENT intervention: Treat the cause and symptom together if you can.

My approach is to see if there is a situation where the soft palate and the uvula are both part of the cause and the symptom. This happens when the uvula is very long and thick, and the anterior faucial pillar of the soft palate hangs down well below the posterior faucial pillar. In this situation both structures obstruct the retrolingual space and narrow this most critical part of the snoring pathway.

And flap violently at night, causing the snoring sound and forming part of the cause of sleep apnoea. Laser Palatoplasty (LAUP) can help this.


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