What Are Your Options for Snoring Treatments?

Snoring can greatly impact your health and intimate relationships. Loud, disruptive snoring significantly reduces sleep quality for both snorers and their bed partners. Irritability and relationship problems can often arise when a partner’s snoring leads to chronic sleep deprivation.

Additionally, frequent heavy snoring may indicate serious health concerns, such as sleep apnea. Consulting a medical specialist can help address the root anatomical causes of snoring and lead to effective long-term solutions.

Here, triple-board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jose Barrera discusses various snoring treatments that are available to patients who experience snoring in San Antonio and the surrounding areas.

How Do Dr. Barrera’s Treatments Differ from Conventional Approaches?

Many over-the-counter snoring aids and common office-based procedures have limited effectiveness or only address symptoms temporarily. Nasal strips, throat sprays, and mouthpieces can provide inexpensive, short-term relief but do not treat the underlying anatomical causes of obstruction.

In contrast, Dr. Barrera specializes in state-of-the-art surgical techniques that directly identify and correct the specific sites and structures responsible for obstruction and snoring. Dr. Barrera determines the optimal treatment plan based on these unique structural factors that cause each patient’s snoring patterns. His analytical expertise and precision procedures lead to exceptional long-term outcomes.

Snoring Treatments Offered by Dr. Barrera

Dr. Barrera offers a wide selection of innovative surgical options to treat various causes of snoring.

  • Palate Surgeries. LAUP, Coblation Channeling, Expansion Uvulopalatoplasty, and others reshape and stiffen the soft palate to stop vibration and occlusion.
  • Radiofrequency Ablation (Somnoplasty). This procedure reduces tongue base, palate, turbinates, and tonsil tissue. It’s excellent for mild to moderate snorers.
  • Genioglossus Advancement and Sliding Genioplasty. This procedure repositions the tongue muscles forward so that the tongue can’t slide backward and impede airflow.
  • Lingual Tonsillectomy. Removal of the lingual tonsils can reduce airway obstruction and alleviate snoring caused by tonsillar hypertrophy.
  • Midline Glossectomy. This procedure reduces the size of the tongue, particularly in the midline area, to open up the airway and decrease snoring in patients with tongue-related airway obstruction.
  • Maxillomandibular Advancement (MMA). By permanently moving the upper and lower jaws forward, this procedure significantly enlarges the airway. It’s a highly effective treatment for severe sleep apnea patients.
  • Hyoid Suspension. This treatment uses suture suspension to anchor the hyoid bone to the mandible and prevent airway collapse.
  • Distraction Osteogenesis Mandibular Expansion (DOME). DOME is an advanced orthodontic and surgical technique used to widen the lower jaw, thereby increasing airway space and reducing snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
  • Inspire Implant. A revolutionary treatment, the Inspire device is implanted to stimulate nerve-controlling tongue movement, thus keeping the airway open during sleep and significantly reducing snoring.
  • NightLase®. NightLase is a non-surgical laser therapy that reduces snoring by tightening airway tissues, enhancing sleep quality. For more information on Dr. Barrera’s Fontana NightLase laser treatment for snoring, book your private consultation today.  

Depending on your specific anatomy and the severity of your snoring causes, Dr. Barrera will recommend the best options for optimal success for snoring reduction in San Antonio. Mild snoring may improve with palate radiofrequency alone while severe sleep apnea requires multi-level surgery such as MMA and hyoid suspension. Dr. Barrera’s individualized approach leads to the best possible results.

What Are the Benefits of These Advanced Snoring Treatments?

Dr. Barrera’s state-of-the-art snoring procedures offer considerable advantages.

  • Permanent elimination of disruptive snoring that disturbs sleep and relationships
  • Possible correction of mild, moderate, and severe obstructive sleep apnea and related health risks
  • Avoidance of CPAP machine usage through anatomical airway improvement
  • Remarkably improved sleep quality, energy, concentration, and quality of life
  • Minimally invasive techniques, often performed in-office, with relatively rapid recovery

In short, patients can expect better rest, improved daytime performance, enhanced intimacy, and optimized wellness through expert care from Dr. Barrera.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for These Advanced Treatments?

Good candidates for Dr. Barrera’s innovative snoring procedures include:

  • Patients with mild to severe snoring that chronically disrupts sleep and intimacy
  • Individuals who have tried conservative anti-snoring devices without satisfactory improvement
  • Patients diagnosed with any level of obstructive sleep apnea, from mild to severe
  • Reasonably healthy adults able to safely undergo anesthetized, outpatient procedures

Dr. Barrera will thoroughly assess each patient with examinations and sleep studies. He identifies precise sources of obstruction and creates a tailored, staged treatment plan for the best outcome. Even highly complex cases with multiple anatomical factors can often be resolved with Dr. Barrera’s strategic combination approach and years of specialized expertise.

Why Choose Dr. Barrera for Snoring Treatment?

Dr. Jose Barrera is an experienced ear, nose, and throat surgeon and plastic surgeon who specializes in treating patients with problematic snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. With over 15 years of practice in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Barrera offers advanced, customized procedures that target the specific factors that cause snoring in each individual patient. His goal is to completely resolve disruptive snoring issues to dramatically improve sleep quality and personal relationships.

Dr. Barrera has outstanding academic credentials supporting his surgical expertise. He graduated with Military Distinction from the U.S. Air Force Academy with a degree in Biochemistry. He then received his medical degree from the prestigious University of Colorado School of Medicine where he was awarded the Louise Coulter Fellowship Award for Basic Research in Pulmonary Medicine. Dr. Barrera completed a rigorous 5-year residency training program in Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Colorado. He also completed a double fellowship in Sleep and Maxillofacial Surgery and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from Stanford University, California.

To stay current on the latest advancements in his field, Dr. Barrera maintains active membership in professional organizations including the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery and is the Director at Large of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Recontructive Surgery. His dedication to continuing education ensures he provides patients with the most advanced and effective snoring treatment options.

Advanced Snoring Treatments with Dr. Jose Barrera | San Antonio, TX

Contact Dr. Barrera’s office today to discuss your frustrating snoring issues. Explore life-changing solutions, such as NightLase San Antonio, that allow peaceful sleep, improved health, and intimate relationships. Personalized care and proven results are well worth it. To take the first step toward a better night’s sleep, contact Dr. Barrera’s office at (210) 468-5426 or submit an inquiry through his online form. Dr. Barrera and his dedicated team are prepared to guide you through your transformative journey, ensuring you make a well-informed decision about your sleep goals.