Snoring is a common problem. Studies have estimated that up to 45% of males and 28% of females between 30- to 60-years-old snore habitually.
"Simple" (or "primary") snoring is mainly a social problem which can significantly disturb bed partners.
However, snoring may also be a symptom of another related condition called obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA). OSA is a sleep-related breathing disorder that causes repeated airflow interruptions during sleep, resulting in drops in oxygen levels, arousals and fragmented sleep. OSA has been linked to short-term and long-term health consequences such as excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, poor mood, reduced neurocognitive function, hypertension, heart attacks, stroke, and even death. It is a widely prevalent condition globally. Approximately 1 in 3 Singaporeans suffer from moderate to severe OSA.
The most commonly recommended treatment for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy. Unfortunately, many patients struggle to use it because of discomfort and inconvenience.
The NUH ENT department provides clinical assessment and advice on snoring and OSA, investigations to diagnose the severity of the disease, and counselling on the best treatment options according to each patient's unique needs. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most commonly recommended treatment as pressurised air is very successful at keeping the airway open during sleep. However, many patients cannot tolerate CPAP comfortably and need CPAP alternatives such as surgery to treat their condition. NUH ENT offers a wide range of surgical options to enlarge and/or stiffen the upper airway, including nasal, palatal, tongue base, epiglottis, and jaw surgery. We also offer hypoglossal nerve stimulation (Inspire), a highly effective treatment option for addressing airway narrowing due to weakness of the muscles and collapse in the throat.
Surgical Management of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea & Snoring