Snoring can be more than just a night time nuisance, it can also be a sign of underlying health issues. Sometimes snoring is a chronic problem that can disrupt relationships and can affect self-confidence. However, there are simple lifestyle changes, as well as surgery that can help with snoring.

Here we’ll explore the causes of snoring and whether a rhinoplasty could be used for successfully treating any of these issues.

Understanding the causes of snoring

Snoring occurs when air doesn’t flow smoothly through your nose and throat during sleep, causing the tissues to vibrate and produce sound.

There are many different causes of snoring, and each requires a different approach to treatment.

Here’s a quick look at the most common causes:

Nasal obstruction: Blocked airflow due to a deviated septum, nasal polyps, or congestion.

Anatomy of the mouth: Features like a thick, low soft palate can narrow your airway.

Allergies or colds: Temporary blockages from illness or allergic reactions.

Lifestyle factors: Overweight, alcohol consumption, and smoking can all contribute.

With disruptive snoring, it’s important to get a confirmed diagnosis from a doctor to check whether there is an underlying medical condition. For example, it could point to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – which can increase your risk of other conditions including high blood pressure. If your snoring stems from something like nasal obstruction, rhinoplasty may offer relief by fixing structural issues in the nose to improve airflow.

How rhinoplasty can help with snoring

Rhinoplasty isn’t just used for improving the look of your nose, it can also be a practical solution to snoring.

When snoring is caused by structural issues in the nose, rhinoplasty can make a big difference. Here’s how:

Fixing a deviated septum: If your septum (the wall between your nostrils) is crooked, it can block air from flowing smoothly. Rhinoplasty can help straighten it out and improve airflow.

Reducing turbinates: Sometimes, the turbinates (structures inside the nose that clean and humidify the air you breathe), are too large and block airflow. Surgery can help resize them.

Opening nasal passages: If there are other structural blockages in the nose, rhinoplasty can clear these, allowing air to move freely.

By addressing these issues, rhinoplasty can boost airflow through the nose, potentially reducing or even stopping snoring. Of course, whether the procedure is right for you depends on the specific cause of your snoring.

Alternative options to prevent snoring

If rhinoplasty isn’t the right fit for you, or if you’re looking for other ways to treat snoring, seek advice from your doctor on the most suitable alternatives.

Sometimes, simple lifestyle changes can have a big impact. Losing weight, avoiding alcohol before bedtime, and sleeping on your side can help. Alternatively, nasal strips or dilators can open your nasal passages, making breathing easier.

For those with sleep apnoea, devices like CPAP machines help not just prevent snoring, but also ensure you can breathe properly throughout the night.

Besides rhinoplasty, other surgical options can address the soft palate or other areas contributing to snoring.

It’s important to understand the root cause of your snoring to choose the most effective treatment. If the issue is related to structural issues inside the nose, schedule an appointment with Mr Tulley to discover if a rhinoplasty could be right for you.