Loud snoring comes from vibration of the tissues in the throat from partial obstruction to breathing while one is asleep. Snoring that is not associated with apnea or other serious conditions can may be reduced by in office treatments. Large tonsils may require surgical removal and nasal blockage may require nasal surgery.
Often a sleep study will be recommended for evaluation for obstructive sleep apnea, which is a potentially life threatening disorder. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) is usually an effective treatment in adults with sleep apnea and surgery is considered mostly when one has failed, or cannot tolerate, CPAP. An office evaluation is necessary to determine if one is a surgical candidate when treatment with CPAP has failed.
Outpatient procedures such as septoplasty with turbinoplasty, tonsillectomy, uvulectomy, or uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, are possible surgical options.