Snoring is a common phenomenon and has a high prevalence in the general population. Snoring is more frequent in males and overweight persons, it usually grows worse with age and may be associated with restless sleep, night awakening, morning fatigue, daytime somnolence, and hypoxemia.
Only recently have the adverse effects of snoring and its association with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) been recognized. Snoring, even without apnea, can be a risk factor for hypertension, heart attacks, and heart failure. This has led to the search for a compatible solution to a socially vexing problem and its potentially life-threatening pathologic consequences.
What is Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)
Various methods are used to treat snoring, and LAUP is a safer, more economical, comfortable and can be repeated to obtain the desired effect in comparison to other procedures like U3P.
It involves vaporising the free edge of the soft palate and uvula using a laser, the tonsils are not removed with this procedure. and post-operative pain and dryness of mouth will be perceived in these patients post-operatively.