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2 thoughts on “A New Snoring Cure? The Snoreplasty Procedure

  1. Dr Thank you very much for your well considered and informative website.

    I have had the UPPP surgery 10 years ago but still have severe apnea with 57 occurrences in sleep studies when lying on back. I wear full mask Quattro at a pressure of 9 respironics ststem1 but find myself breathing thru mouth and hating going to sleep. I average about 5-6 hrs a night and often go to daytime movies to get more sleep. Every aspect of my life has deteriorated. I am 67 and previously in great shape climbing in Nepal, Kilimanjaro, basketball, tennis. Nasal pillows are preferred but don’t work so well as I end up breathing thru mouth even with chin strap. I feel I’m at end of my rope and would appreciate your advice. I am 6′ 1″ 197# with narrow jaw I truly want to get off this machine. I am contemplating other surgery or solutions
    Thank you
    John Cover

  2. John,
    My wife and I consider ourselves quasi-CPAP “addicts” and have been using it for over ten years. We do not use a full mask, and I perhaps think your use of a full mask could be facilitating continued mouth breathing. Have you used a “normal” mask over the nose but not over the mouth? I have noticed that on nights when I seem to be comfortable sleeping supinely, I apparently also breath substantively via mouth and snore some as well. Are you also sleeping on your back some during the night?
    FYI, My wife and I depend on the CPAP so much that all it takes is for us to put on the mask and turn on the machine, and… Voila!….our mind and body slide very quickly into the sleep onset mode. She sleeps 7-8 hours, and I sleep 8-10 hours (also influenced by our individual nightly prescriptions regimen).
    My biggest frustration is not having a doctor that will take a broader and more holistic approach. Dr. Park’s book Sleep Interupted clearly demonstrates, to me at least, that the whole sickness sets go hand in hand with what I now see as “disordered, refluxed, and restricted breathing”. The only problem with all this is the cause-and-effect or chicken/egg syndrome.
    Dr Park’s paradigm explanation set off all kinds of bells for me. I just wish I had understood this 40-50 years ago (I’m 66) and been smart enough then to take more decisive remedial action.
    Hope you are able to deal better with all this in 2015!
    Dick Stewart
    April 2015