Almost every person snores occasionally. Snoring becomes annoying if it occurs regularly. Snoring is dangerous if additional pauses in breathing exceed a certain frequency and duration. Then the body gets again and again in an emergency situation, which is connected with an oxygen waste. The affected person alone can not distinguish which group his snoring falls into.
Where does the snoring come from? Sleep endoscopy (SLEEP).
In this investigation, a short sleep is triggered with a drug. Then, a miniature endoscope is placed over the nose so that all important structures involved in snoring can be observed. The result is a treatment recommendation for the subsequent therapy.
How do I know which group my snoring belongs to? The mobile sleep laboratory (PAT).
First, the degree of snoring and breathing pauses must be determined. There are professional systems for this, which determine exact parameters (e.g. desaturation index). You will be given such a system to take home over one or two nights. With the help of a finger sensor that reacts to tiny changes in the vascular and nervous system, the most important parameters of breathing during sleep - such as apnoea-hypopnoea index (AHI), respiratory disturbance index (RDI), oxygen desaturation index (ODI), sleep phases and real sleep time - can be reliably recorded. The PAT is clearly superior to conventional measurement methods in terms of comfort and achieves comparably good statements as a stay in the sleep laboratory.
The basic study "Modern Sleep and Snore Diagnostics" (MMS) includes digital volume tomography (DVT), nasal flow measurement (RHI) and the mobile sleep laboratory (PAT) and is offered at low cost.
And how can I be helped? Our section on sleep-disordered breathing.
In most cases, minor surgical corrections to the upper airway are sufficient. In addition, weight reduction, protrusion splints, sleep hygiene or mask ventilation can complement the therapy. The Sleep-Related Respiratory Disorders Section will be presented at the Headquarters by Dr. med. Katja Mühlbauer (Leipzig). The coordination of the diagnosis can be done in all ENT consultation hours of KOPFZENTRUM.
Reduction of the soft palate / suppository (LAUP 1–3)
In most cases it comes with years of snoring to an enlargement of the palate suppository (uvula). This in turn reinforces the already existing tendency to snore. With the reduction of the uvula and tightening of the palate a rapid improvement of the snoring can be supported. If necessary, this procedure is combined with a reduction of the palatine tonsils (LAUP 3). The procedure is carried out with a fiber-guided laser minimally invasive under general anesthesia.
Lower jaw protrusion splint (UKP)
A UKP is worn only during sleep and fits like a sports mouthguard. It helps the jaw and tongue stay in a forward position while keeping the upper airway open.