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DR ALEX BARTLE and his team of health professionals at the SLEEP WELL CLINIC provide comprehensive assessment and treatment services throughout New Zealand for children and adults suffering sleep disorders such as SNORING, SLEEP APNOEA, INSOMNIA, and PARASOMNIAS.
Surgery can be considered for some very mild types of snoring. If there are anatomical features such as large tonsils crowding the airway, and no evidence of apnoea from a sleep test, a variety of surgical techniques such as removing tissue at the back of the throat might help reduce the noise of snoring for a time. Other techniques such as radiofrequency ablation can be used to scar the inside of the soft palate or the uvula.
Pros: No need for on-going management
Cons: Lower success than MAS or CPAP - sometimes no benefit at all.
Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) are mouthguard-like devices that are adjusted to pull the bottom jaw forward during sleep so that the airway becomes more open. There are several designs available, but not all are the same.