Is snoring causing you or your partner sleepless nights?
Do you or your partner suffer from disrupted sleep due to snoring?
Do you suffer from excessive tiredness in the day after a bad night’s sleep?
Rest assured we can help silence the nightmare of snoring - don’t lose another night’s sleep.
Snoring is a common problem which can have a significantly disruptive effect on peoples’ lives. It is estimated that up to 50% of the UK population snore from time to time and it’s unfortunate that, for many of us who have encountered the real problems snoring can cause, it can be hard to find a solution that works for everyone. There are dozens of types of treatments available on the internet with little or no evidence based research to support the claims the manufacturers make. As a result it is common place that patients try numerous solutions in a scatter gun approach to no avail.
Spire Manchester Hospital is now offering dedicated evidence-based treatments and solutions for all patients who suffer from snoring or apnoea.
What it snoring?
Snoring is defined by the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association as a coarse sound made by vibrations of the soft palate and other tissue in the mouth, nose and throat (upper airway). It is caused by turbulence inside the airway during breathing. The turbulence is caused by a partial blockage that may be located anywhere from the tip of the nose to the vocal chords. If the airway blockage is severe, this may result in sleep apnoea.
What is sleep apnoea?
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is defined as the cessation of airflow during sleep preventing air from entering the lungs caused by an obstruction. When you experience an episode of apnoea during sleep your brain automatically wakes you up, usually with a very loud snore or snort, in order to breathe again. People with OSA can experience these wakening episodes many times during the night and consequently may feel very sleepy during the day. Therein lies the problem. Historically, chest, respiratory physicians and ENT surgeons have struggled to indentify the exact levels and the severity of the airway blockages that snorers have. To address this problem Spire Manchester Hospital’s snoring cessation service uses the latest diagnostic technologies available to help determine what treatments will be effective for each individual.
What can the snoring cessation service do for me?
An initial consultant and assessment with Mr Yousuf Saleem, Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon, starts from approximately £530*. During this assessment you will undergo some general investigations including Body Mass Index, Epworth Sleepiness Score, a lifestyle questionnaire and an examination of the nasal airway and throat. Mr Saleem will also take a comprehensive medical history and discuss with you (and where possible your bed partner) the types of treatment available. You will then be fitted with an Apneagraph device which helps us identify the specific reasons for your snoring. Mr Saleem will then go through the results with you at a week later.
For those patients who are suitable for surgery we will complete the surgical elements of your treatment for a further £3,250*. So we don’t charge you for surgery unless you are suitable and we know exactly what procedures will work best for you.
If you have been quoted lower prices to ‘cure’ your snoring ask how other providers intend to diagnose the level of your obstruction. This is why we charge £530* to identify whether you are right for surgical solutions not, this in itself could end up saving you thousands of pounds.
Because snoring and sleep apnoea are often multi-factorial conditions with a variety of contributory factors, is it unlikely there will never be one single universal cure for snoring. Therefore, accurate assessment is essential to guide appropriate treatment.
- Continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP)
The gold standard treatment for sleep apnoea. Air under pressure is delivered via a nasal mask. CPAP helps to hold the airways open to prevent obstruction and snoring.
- Palatal surgery – CAUP (Coblation Assisted Upper Airway Procedure) with or without tonsillectomy
This involves partial excision of the uvula (the structure that dangles at the back of the throat and which normally vibrates to create the noise of snoring), as well as scarring of the soft palate by creating small channels on either side of the uvula. This is done using low-temperature plasma energy delivered via a surgical instrument into the soft palate. This results in an area of scarring and hence stiffening of the soft palate. In individuals with large obstructive tonsils, these can also be removed as part of the procedure if necessary.
- Nasal surgery
To deal with turbinate enlargement, nasal polyps or enlarged adenoids, this may help snoring by overcoming nasal obstruction.
What is Coblation and why do we use it?
Previously, laser was often used in surgery for snoring problems, but we now use the latest Coblation technology.
Coblation is a proven medical technology which has been used on over five million patients worldwide. It helps surgeons to precisely dissect and coagulate soft tissue while preserving the health of the surrounding structures. It uses plasma at low temperatures typically (40º-70ºC) which offers substantial benefits to a wide range of specialities including ENT, orthopaedic, spinal, urological, gynaecological and laparoscopic surgery.
It is sometimes the case that a combination of both the palatal and nasal surgical options will be utilised to treat a patient.
For further information or to book an appointment call 0161 232 2303 or complete the form on the right-hand side of this page.
*Prices subject to change. Subject to satisfactory clinical assessment.