Snoring can have a devastating effect on relationships and can cause a number of problems for sufferers as a result of disturbed sleep. Recent research has shown that over 70% of people who try over-the-counter snoring cures do not get the relief they had hoped for.
The Private Clinic have been helping people with snoring and sleep problems for the past 30 years and have treated more patients than any other UK clinic. We offer the latest non-invasive laser and radio frequency procedures to tackle the most common causes of snoring, including blocked and stuffy nose and excess vibration of the soft palate and uvula. If you have tried over the counter treatments without success, this 15 minutes stop snoring procedure could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
The snoring operation is currently unavailable due to Covid 19 until September 2020. The Private Clinic is only interested in ensuring the safety of its patients and it is for this reason we believe that this type of operation should be delayed for now. If you have issues with snoring and you are interested in the snoring operation please contact us and we will be able to add your details to our waiting list where we will then contact you as soon as we start the procedure again.
Consultant ENT Surgeon, Professor Yves Kamami, Oto-Rhino-Laryngology Specialist, GMC Number: 4145471 is the inventor of the LAUP (Laser Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty) procedure. Since then over 40,000 LAUP procedures have been performed in the UK. Our snoring procedure has been featured in The Times. Professor Yves Kamami is available at our Harley Street, London clinic
If you don’t snore, you are more than likely to know someone who does – between 19% and 40% of adults snore when they sleep, and that percentage climbs even higher, particularly for men, as we age. It’s a nuisance for bed partners, but researchers say we shouldn’t be so quick to write off snoring or other forms of disrupted breathing while asleep as mere annoyances; instead, they could have other health effects.
Laser Assisted Uvuloplatoplasty (LAUP) for Snoring
Snoring is a form of sleep apnea, in which people stop breathing for a few seconds or several minutes dozens of times in an hour. Any disruption of breathing during sleep can affect the brain. Researchers have recently found that people with sleep apnea tended to develop memory problems and other signs of mild cognitive impairment (MCI), memory loss and dementia earlier than people without such sleep disorders.
Snoring can have a devastating effect on relationships and can cause a number of problems for sufferers as a result of disturbed sleep. Recent research has shown that over 70% of people who try over-the-counter snoring cures do not get the relief they had hoped for. This is because there is no one ‘cure’ for snoring. Some people sleep on their back and this causes their tongue to roll back, others have problems with stuffy or blocked noses, while other people snore because they’re overweight.
Snoring is caused on two levels:
- By the nose and throat
- By the tongue
The two areas generally make up 100% of the snoring noise. Dr Kamami can improve the top note noise from the nose and throat with the LAUP procedure. This however cannot take away the noise caused by the tongue.
At The Private Clinic our ENT specialist Dr Kamami often treats snoring patients with partial Nasal Turbinate if the tongue is a contributing factor to snoring. Laser Assisted partial turbinectomy is a minor procedure carried using the CO2 laser to improve air entry to the nose.
Combining both treatments often removes the very loud and disruptive snoring noise (the one that keeps partners awake!) and in effect reduces the noise made by the tongue. This will also, in most cases cease the snoring noise when sitting (for example on trains and planes). The best option is to come in an see Dr Kamami, he is an expert in his field and he will be able to access the best way forward for you.
If you snore because of a deviated septum, our laser treatment won’t be suitable. However our Consultant Plastic Surgeons will be able to correct the positioning of the septum, via a minor rhinoplasty procedure, also called a Septo-Rhinoplasty, and get your breathing back on track. Dr Davood Fallahdar is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon specialised in Rhinoplasty procedures. The best way to find out what is causing your snoring is to come in and see us, we have been treating patients for snoring for over 35 years. Book a consultation here.
The Advantages of our LAUP Laser Snoring Treatments include:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Walk-in walk-out procedure
- No general anaesthetic needed and no hospital stay
- Treatment takes just 15 minutes under local anaesthetic
- Minimum downtime, normal activity can be resumed quickly
- Having LAUP allows you to breathe more easily, stop your snoring and improve your sleep.
- Featured in The Times
Snoring can have a devastating effect on relationships and can cause a number of problems for sufferers as a result of disturbed sleep. Recent research has shown that over 70% of people who try over-the-counter snoring cures do not get the relief they had hoped for.
Effective Snoring Treatments
Here at The Private Clinic we have been helping people with snoring and sleep problems for the past 30 years. We offer the latest non-invasive laser and radio frequency procedures to tackle the most common causes of snoring, including blocked and stuffy nose and excess vibration of the soft palate and uvula. If you have tried over the counter treatments without success, this could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
Laser Assisted Assisted Uvuloplatoplasty (LAUP)
Laser assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is a minimally-invasive treatment for snoring performed under local anaesthetic. LAUP can also be used to help treat mild to moderate cases of sleep apnoea. It is a quick procedure that uses laser technology to reduce the size of the uvula which is the soft, hanging part in your throat near your tonsils which as a result clears the airways making you less likely to snore.
Treatment involves using a CO2 laser to target and vaporise the free edge of the soft palate and uvula removing any excess tissue and reduce the size of the uvula. This causes the size of the airways to increase which will help patients to breathe easier whilst they sleep and reduce the risk of snoring.
The LAUP laser is very precise so there is minimal tissue damage making it a much safer and more comfortable alternative to uvulopalatoplasty (UPPP) surgery.
Laser assisted septal reduction
Laser assisted septal reduction and reduction of the inferior turbinates are surgical procedures carried out by using the CO2 laser to improve air entry in the nose. The purpose of the treatment is to minimise the blocked areas of the nose by lessening the enlarged areas of the turbinates and/or the septum in order to facilitate the airway through the nose.
Patients will be able to leave immediately after the treatment and return to normal activities straightaway. Your throat will be numb for a few hours following surgery. A sore or dry throat may then be experienced following the procedure which can last for up to 2 weeks. Medication will be provided by the clinic on the day of the procedure and will be explained to you by the nurse practitioner. Alcohol and acidic substances should be avoided for 2 weeks after the procedure.
For the majority of patients, snoring can be reduced immediately following the operation. However the healing process can take up to six weeks and during this time some patients will continue to snore.
Unlike UPPP, LAUP can be repeated in order to obtain the desired effect. The number of procedures needed varies with some patients requiring up to four sessions.
The Laser assisted septal reduction procedure usually consists of a single treatment but further treatments may be required.
Are snoring and sleep apnoea the same thing?
Snoring and sleep apnoea are often confused to be the same thing. They are not the same however.
Snoring is simply the sound that is caused by a vibration during breathing usually due to a partially blocked airway in the mouth, nose, or throat
Sleep apnoea is a condition where your breathing stops and starts whilst you sleep.
Snoring is known to be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnoea but not everyone who snores will have sleep apnoea.
Our consultant ENT surgeon will be able to diagnose if you have a form of sleep apnoea or not. To find out more or to book a consultation click here.
Why do I snore?
The most common causes of snoring include:
- Being overweight
- Sleeping pills
- Sleeping position
- Allergies and nasal stuffiness
- An enlarged uvula
- Collapsing nostrils
- Your tongue dropping to the back of your throat causing an obstruction.
The first step will be to come and see us for a detailed consultation which will allow us to assess exactly what is causing your snoring. This will last about 30 minutes and will include a physical examination of your nose and/or throat. We’ll ask you about your medical history and symptoms and ask you to fill in an Epworth questionnaire which will help us determine whether or not you are suffering from sleep apnoea.
After your assessment your patient coordinator will go through the various treatments available and explain what results you are likely to achieve.
Can snoring cause sore throat?
Snoring can cause a sore or dry throat, especially in the morning. This is often due to sleeping with your mouth open causing the throat to dry out and become scratchy or sore.
Can snoring make you tired?
Snoring at night can disrupt the quality of sleep causing you to feel tired during the day.
Being overtired can also put you more at risk of snoring so we recommend following a sleep routine and making sure your sleep environment is the best it can be to help reduce the risk of snoring.
Can snoring cause headaches?
Snoring can cause suffers to wake up with a headache. This is more common in those who have sleep apnoea.
Can snoring cause neck pain?
Neck pain is not a common side effect from snoring. Waking up with neck pain may be more down to your sleeping position, mattress or pillow.
Sleep apnoea however can cause headache and pinched nerve neck pain
Can snoring be stopped?
Snoring can be tricky to treat completely but our surgical snoring procedures have a good success rate of stopping or dramatically reducing snoring.
Who should have snoring surgery?
Snoring surgery is suitable for anyone experiencing significant disruption from sleep as a result of their snoring.
However, we recommend that patients should only have snoring surgery after other non-invasive treatments have been tried in order to improve the condition.
There are many simple lifestyle changes that can help stop or reduce snoring including;
- Using breathing devices that you wear in your mouth while asleep
- Changing your sleep pattern
- Sleeping on your side, or using a special pillow to keep you on your side
Patients who have been diagnosed with sleep apnoea may need to consider snoring surgery, sooner rather than later, to prevent long-term effects on your health and lifestyle.
What are the best solutions for snoring?
There are lots of solutions out there to help with snoring.
Being at an ideal weight, reducing alcohol consumption, stopping smoking and sleeping on your side are some of our best recommendations to help you at home. However in most cases, the best solution is to unblock the airway via a surgical treatment.
Our most popular snoring treatment is Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) which is a minimally invasive procedure performed in-clinic at London Harley Street under local anaesthetic.
The laser treatment removes excess skin at the back of your throat to open up the airwaves and increase oxygen supply.
LAUP is the most popular snoring treatment in the UK and over 40,000 procedures have been performed to date.
What are the treatments for snoring?
This depends largely on the reasons of your snoring.
Being overweight: if you have a collar size of 16½ inches or greater, you may not have the muscle tone needed to keep the airway open sufficiently at night to allow normal breathing. This is way a person with a short fat neck is at an increased risk of snoring. Men tend to get fat around their necks and waists, whereas women seem to put on weight around the thighs. However, this situation very often changes for women following the menopause and by the time women have reached their 70s they are just as likely to be snorers as men of the same age. Weight loss with accompanying fat reduction around the neck area will certainly help to alleviate snoring.
Sleeping position: while sleeping on your back, your tongue, your chin and any excess fatty tissue under your chin may relax back and squash your airway. Sleeping on your side could prevent this.
Alcohol: alcohol slows the brain’s responses, causing the muscles to relax even more than during a normal night’s sleep. The added relaxation of the musculature causes the oropharynx to collapse causing snoring. Furthermore alcohol may induce obstructive sleep apnoea (where breathing stops for short periods during sleep) in individuals who are otherwise just snorers. Additionally alcohol causes nasal airway irritation and congestion that increases the airway resistance when breathing.
However if you are not heavily overweight and snore at all time, regardless of your alcohol consumption, your snoring could be caused by a stuffy nose, a blocked nose or an enlarged uvula, for which we offer three different treatments. They are:
Unblocking the nose – Minimally invasive laser treatment under local anaesthetic can be used to treat the problem of a blocked nose in a matter of minutes. The treatment reduces enlarged fleshy ridges or ‘turbinates’ at the entrance of the sinuses. Please note it cannot correct a deviated septum. Please see our Rhinoplasty treatment page for more details about correcting a deviated septum. For more information click here
Laser Assisted Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) – This is a simple procedure that is performed under local anaesthetic and uses a laser to remodel the excess soft tissue that vibrates at the back of your throat. This frees your airways and increases oxygen supply, which not only prevents snoring*, but lifts the mood, increases energy levels and can even improve libido. LAUP is the most popular snoring treatment in the UK and over 40,000 procedures have been performed to date.
Bipolar Radiofrequency Thermotherapy (RFITT) – This is a short, gentle treatment that uses a radio frequency to tighten the muscle within the soft palate so that it vibrates less during sleep. The procedure involves numbing the back of the throat with a local anaesthetic and targeting it with a slim pen that emits a high frequency. The heat causes the muscle to tighten both during and after the treatment. The maximum benefit is usually evident about 6 months after treatment.
Does the procedure hurt?
All three treatments are carried out under local anaesthetic and we do our outmost to put you at ease during your treatment. However you may still feel a degree of discomfort, particularly in case of LAUP. Following the LAUP procedure you will experience a sore throat for around 7-14 days. A course of pain killers will be prescribed.
What happens during Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) surgery?
Laser-Assistant Uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP) is a very effective procedure to reduce snoring. The
The procedure involves using a laser to make inciisons on areas of your soft palate and your uvula is often removed. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and is performed as a walk-in, walk-out procedure where patients can leave to recover at home straight afterwards.
LAUP surgery can help to;
- Decrease size of uvula
- Lessen loudness of snoring
- Reduce uvula vibration during breathing
- Manage mild to moderate sleep apnoea
How long does the procedure take?
Approximately 15 minutes.
When can I return to work after snoring treatment?
It’s usually recommended to take
a couple of days off, depending upon the nature of your employment. Please note that some occupations will require a longer period of recovery, for example those which are physically demanding (eg manual working, armed forces), or in a working environment that could cause irritation that are dusty, or steamy. If you are unable to cease work for the required period of recovery you should defer your treatment to a more suitable time. This also applies to patients who have similar strenuous hobbies (eg riding, gym activities).
Can I drive after snoring treatment?
Patients are advised not to drive for 24 hours following snoring surgery. You will need to arrange transport to and from the clinic. If you drive within this time, please note that your insurance may be void.
When can I exercise following snoring surgery?
Intensive sport or gym activity should be avoided for one week following LAUP or Laser Assisted partial turbinectomy surgery.
Public swimming pools and saunas should also be avoided for 2 weeks following LAUP and Laser Assisted partial turbinectomy surgery.
How soon will I see the results?
Many patients may notice an instant reduction in snoring following the LAUP procedure. However the healing process can take up to six weeks and during this time some people can continue to snore.
In some cases, multiple treatments may be required but this will be advised by your surgeon at consultation.
What to expect following Laser Assisted Uvuloplatoplasty (LAUP) procedure?
Following LAUP surgery, patietns should expect to experience moderate to severe pain or discomfort for 10 to 14 days.
Medication to help relieve the pain will be provided by the clinic on the day of the procedure and dosages will be explained to you by the surgeon or nurse practitioner.
Alcohol and acidic substances should be avoided for 2 weeks after the procedure.
Some patients report the feeling of a lump at the back of the throat lasting for a few weeks following the operation. This is known as a ‘phantom uvula’ and normally disappears within a few months.
What to expect following Laser Assisted partial turbinectomy?
Patient can expect to expeirence discomofrt following surgery with some mild pain. The nose may feel blocked for 8-10 days.
You will be provided with Sterimar spray to clean the nose followed by Naseptin cream to reduce the risk of infection
What are the risks of surgical snoring treatments?
As with all procedures, both Laser Assisted Uvuloplatoplasty (LAUP) and Laser assisted septal reduction do carry some risks and side effects.
Short term effects may include a severe sore throat for 10-14 days and in some cases post-surgical bleeding or infection of the surgical wound may develop.
A blocked nose for 10-14 days, some discharge from the nose for several weeks and bleeding may also occur.
Other side effects include; bruising, swelling, pain or discomfort, bleeding, oozing, sensitivity changes, infection, and irritation.
This list of risks and conditions associated with snoring treatment is not exhaustive. It is important that patients recognise that it is not always possible for the surgeon to predetermine the individual and psychological reaction of patients to post-operative complications. They will however, discuss all of the known risks and side effects prior to your procedure during your consultation.
Am I suitable?
Unfortunately not everybody will benefit from snoring surgery and we turn away around 40% of our patients. Whether you are suitable for treatment or not will largely depend on the causes of your snoring.
However for the right patient, a treatment to stop snoring can be a life changing experience. Have a look at what some of our patients have to say about their treatment on our ‘Testimonials’ block below.
During your consultation and medical assessment, we will be able to tell whether or not you are suitable.
What factors make snoring worse? What type of snorer are you?
To find out more book a snoring consultation with our Specialist Ears nose and throat surgeon, Dr Kamami.
What about Over the Counter remedies?
Which? the Consumers’ Association has concluded that going to a chemist and buying an expensive “cure” for snoring is usually a waste of money. Nearly 2,000 heavily snoring members of the Consumers’ Association took part in the survey and three-quarters of people found them ineffective.
People can spend hundreds of pounds trying to cure snoring, but often find that the snoring aid they bought is not at all effective. Expert have found that for most over the counter products the claims are often exaggerated, the success rate is artificially inflated and the evidence for the success very marginal.
Snoring can be caused by being overweight, drinking alcohol, having collapsed airways, a blocked nose, or by taking some types of medicine such as sleeping tablets before bed. This means products aimed at one cause may not work if the snoring is due to another reason. For example nasal sprays and nasal strips are aimed to keep congested nasal passages open. If your snoring is not linked to nasal blockage, the remedy will fail to work. If snoring is combined with feeling sleepy during the day and experiencing pauses in breathing during sleep, you may be suffering from the more serious sleep apnoea – which affects 10 to 20% of snorers – and should be ruled out before you buy any remedy.
Simply trying out a device without first pinning down the cause of the problem is doomed to failure. This is way it is very important to first try to understand why you snore, before you buy a snoring remedy.
At The Private Clinic we offer consultations to help you identify the cause of the problem. The consultation takes approximately 30 minutes during which you will be medically assessed and will receive detailed information on the procedures we offer.
What is a snoring pillow?
A snoring pillow is a pillow that encourages side sleeping to reduce snoring from the base of the tongue and keep the snorer in a more upright position.
If you find you are sleeping on your back, this may be a good option to help you change your sleeping position which could have a positive effect on your snoring.
Are snoring chin straps dangerous?
The snoring chin strap wraps over the head of the snorer and supports the chin, essentially by keeping the mouth closed during sleep. But they may give the snorer some difficulty breathing through their mouth, especially if the snorer has a cold or blocked nose so we would advise to take caution when using and discontinue if no real improvement is noticed.
Are snoring mouthpieces safe?
Snoring mouthpieces are safe, especially if they have been specifically for you by a dentist for example so that they will fit better to the teeth.
Are snoring mouth guards effective?
Snoring mouth guards are only effective on snoring that is linked to the tongue base vibration.
In most cases, the main loudest snoring noise is due to the uvula and soft palate vibration which a mouth guard would have not impact on and in this case laser surgery would be a more effective option.
Are anti snoring sprays safe?
Anti snoring sleep sprays are not guaranteed to work and often only work for the initial 30 minutes after spraying.
Overall, anti sleep snoring sprays will not eliminate snoring, and in cases where your snoring is caused by sleep apnoea, relying on this as a treatment could be unsafe.
Can snoring be a sign of cancer?
Snoring is not a sign of cancer, but its main complication, the Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome may lead to some cancers.
There is three times more of a risk of developing cancer, compared to patients without snoring and sleep apnea.
The most frequent cancers were prostate cancer (14,7%), blood cancers (12,8%), colorectal cancer(9%) and breast cancer (8, 3%) on a recent scientific article.
What happens now?
The best way to start is a coming in for a consultation.
1. Our patient coordinators will answer any general queries you may have and will be able to make an appointment for you at our London Harley Street clinic.
2. Your initial consultation will last about 30 minutes. We will ask you about your medical history and your symptoms. To see a Consultant ENT expert, the consultation will cost £100.
3. If we believe you could benefit from one of our procedures, you will be explained what treatment is most suitable to treat your condition.
4. On the day of treatment, your surgeon will explain once again the procedure and will discuss with you what results you are likely to achieve.
5. The treatment itself takes only 15 minutes.
6. We will contact you to monitor your recovery and a patient coordinator will be available over the phone should you have any question after treatment.
Many of our patients come to the clinic having suffered for a long time. In our experience far too many patients attend the clinics having put up with sleep problems for years.
Can you treat deviated septums?
Our snoring treatments are not suitable for treating deviated septums. However our Rhinoplasty procedures can effectively help. Our Rhinoplasty procedures are offered by our highly experienced team of Plastic Surgeons. Please click here for more information: deviated septum procedure.
Consultant ENT Surgeon, Professor Yves Kamami, is the inventor of the LAUP procedure and since then over 40,000 LAUP procedures have been performed in the UK. He is available at our London, Harley Street clinic and Manchester clinic (once a month).
We have been featured on Channel 4’s Embarrassing Bodies and to date we have treated more patients than any other UK clinic. If you have been suffering for years with this difficult snoring condition and over the counter remedies have made no difference to your snoring, a snoring procedure could be the solution for you.
Comments from patients
I had a Snoring procedure at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, the procedure itself was fine, just 15min and no more than a visit to the dentist.
After the procedure, I was a little sore for first few days 5.6 on the pain scale but easily managed with painkillers.
I’m feeling so happy that I got it done my breathing is so much better, my snoring has gone almost completely, my energy levels are up from sleeping so well and my relationship with my wife is also so much better as she is sleeping too!
I would definitely recommend the procedure, the final results make up for the uncomfortable recovery time.Trevor
‘I am delighted with the results. My snoring has reduced by 90% and my partner is very pleased as she can sleep now! The whole process has been very professional and thorough. Thank you and I will be recommending you!’ *Leeds
“My snoring has reduced from a constant 10 to a 3 – Thank you!” *London
‘Excellent job. Definitely recommending Dr Kamami to my friends and family.’ *London
‘Everyone was superb, very friendly, professional and did everything to reassure me and help me to relax. Thank you!’ *London
A consultation with our Ears Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon is £100. Free consultations are available with a Patient Coordinator if you just wish to get more information about the procedures we offer. Prices for our snoring treatments start from £1,980, depending on the type of treatment.