Frequently Asked Questions
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HOW DO I ARRANGE MY TREATMENT?
At Stop Snoring Radio Frequency Technology is used to successfully treat snoring. While there are several snoring aids on the market, clinical research has shown that radio frequency is the most suitable option due to its long-term success and the minimally invasive nature of treatment. Radio frequency for snoring is a simple outpatient procedure. It works by introducing a bipolar applicator probe to the problem tissue. The probe applies a low radio frequency current to the problem areas, heating the tissue. The heated tissue hardens and shrinks over a period of time which, by reducing the obstruction and thus opening the airway, reduces snoring.
HOW LONG WILL THE STOP SNORING SURGERY TREATMENT TAKE?
The radio frequency snoring treatment shrinks the tissue(s) that cause the snoring problems over a period of time. This will vary from patient-to-patient, but most patients should expect to see some improvement in around four to six weeks.
HOW SOON WILL I EXPERIENCE SOME IMPROVEMENT?
The radiofrequency snoring treatment shrinks the tissue(s) that cause the snoring problems over a period of time. This will vary from patient-to-patient, but most patients should expect to see some improvement in around four to six weeks.
HOW MUCH DOES A TYPICAL PROCEDURE COST?
The total cost for the surgical procedure, performed by an NHS consultant, including all consultations, endoscope examination and medical assessment fees is £1,950. A £500 deposit is required when you do decide to book your appointment for surgery.
The cost of the initial consultation and medical assessment is £70. There are no additional charges for medicine or tablets. At the consultation the client is under no obligation to proceed should they not wish to. We do not employ sales persons; patients are in contact with medical practitioners at all times.
WHAT ARE BENEFITS OF RADIOFREQUENCY SNORING TREATMENT?
Radiofrequency snoring treatment offers many advantages over other methods of treating restricted airways and blocked noses. It is:
- A safe, effective and clinically proven procedure with a high success rate
- Minimally invasive and leaves no side effects
- A simple outpatient procedure
WHAT DOES THE RADIOFREQUENCY SNORING TREATMENT INVOLVE?
A local anaesthetic is injected in the areas to be treated. A bipolar applicator probe is introduced to the soft palate tissue that is causing the problem. A low radio frequency current is generated via the probe for just a few seconds at selected points. This heats the soft tissue which will then harden and shrink over a period of time, thus eliminating the problems that cause snoring. When the treatment is finished, the patient can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol to counteract any slight discomfort and can resume normal activities after a short recovery period of around thirty minutes. We will then arrange a follow-up appointment to check that the treatment was satisfactory and successful.
WHO PERFORMS THE STOP SNORING TREATMENT?
The procedure will be performed by an ENT consultant who is also registered on the Specialist ENT list managed by the General Medical Council. He has been performing snoring treatments initially using traditional surgery then found the radiofrequency procedure to be more successful, having dismissed the laser LAUP as been too aggressive and poor clinical outcome. When making your choice of surgeon make sure that they are currently working within their area of specialty in the NHS, as this ensures that they are kept abreast of new developments and best practice. The surgeon’s full CV is available from the clinic upon request.
WHAT CAUSES SNORING?
Snoring is often related to a physical obstruction to breathing during sleep. The muscles of the palate, the uvula and the tonsils relax during deep sleep and the air breathed in causes them to vibrate noisily. Anything that narrows the airways will contribute to the problem so excessive tissue bulk at the back of the throat is a major cause. A blocked nose can also restrict nasal respiration and will encourage the vibration we know as snoring. Advanced snoring problems are often associated with obstructive sleep apnea, which can sometimes indicate a serious medical disorder.
HOW COMMON IS SNORING?
WHAT IS THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF SNORING?
WHAT IS THE COST OF MORE EXTENSIVE SURGERY SHOULD I REQUIRE IT?
IS THE TREATMENT PAINFUL?
IS YOUR CLINIC REGISTERED?
WHY CHOOSE THIS METHOD OF SNORING TREATMENT?
There are several types of artificial aids to combat snoring including nasal strips, nasal dilators and molded mouthpieces, but at Skin Medical we feel these have limited success and do not offer a long-term cure. There are also laser-assisted treatments. Although we use laser treatment for many types of skin ailments at Skin Medical, we do not think laser is a suitable snoring treatment as it is aggressive and results in the loss of the uvula, can cause side effects, is extremely painful for the patient during and after treatment and it has a lengthy recovery period. In addition, its is expensive. Patients often regurgitate food through the nose and are left with the permanent sensation of a lump in the throat. We chose the radio frequency method because it has proven to be the most successful treatment method to stop snoring at clinical trial, provides a long-lasting remedy and patients experience comparatively minimal discomfort.
HOW SUCCESSFUL ARE RADIOFREQUENCY TREATMENTS?
At Skin Medical, over 95% of our patients obtain significant noise reduction from the single procedure. The remaining patients have recorded some noise reduction. Patients that we treat who are not satisfied are invited back for a follow-up procedure, although this is rare due to our strict policy on patient selection. We will not treat patients who fall outside our selection criteria. Early surveys by the radiofrequency equipment provider in 2004 revealed that more than 80%+ of patients obtained significant noise reduction. The other obtain some noise reductions of varying success rates. So why have Skin Medical improved the success rate? Our ENT Consultant has from experience created a screening process that helps identify potential obstacles for optimum results. For these cases we would either (i) Not recommend the treatment be undertaken, (ii) Recommend an additional procedure to optimise the outcome or (iii) Recommend an alternative procedure. At Skin Medical, we screen suitable clients thoroughly at our pre-assessment clinic in order to obtain higher success rates for first time treatments.