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Could a nose ring cure snoring?

Posted on 24th Jul, 2015

A new device has been developed in the US that aims to revolutionise one of the most popular, non-surgical solutions to snoring and sleep apnoea. Snoring can massively impact on quality of life; causing excessive tiredness that impact on your ability to concentrate and function and it can commonly negatively affect relationships.

What is sleep apnoea?

Sleep apnoea is the more serious condition that is thought to affect approximately 5 per cent of men and women in the UK, although recent studies have suggested that up to 60 per cent of those over 65 suffer from sleep apnoea. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome, to give it its full name, is a condition whereby complete or partial blockages of the airways cause the sufferer to wake repeatedly. They can occur at least ten times per hour per night meaning sleep patterns are disrupted.

Over time, sleep apnoea can result in even more serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart failure, heart abnormalities, depression, insomnia and impotence. Consultant ENT surgeon Mr George Fayad finds that the general health of his patients drastically improves once he treats the causes of their sleep disorder.

What are the non-surgical solutions to snoring and sleep apnoea?

Once Mr Fayad has performed a thorough physical examination and any investigations that are required, then non-surgical options are typically explored first. For some patients, a change in lifestyle habits or weight loss will make a marked difference.

Another option is devices that hold the mouth open or pump air into the nostrils while you sleep. This treatment is called CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, and consists of a face mask that delivers pressurised air to keep the airways from collapsing and although very effective, it can be uncomfortable and some patients are not able to tolerate it.

A new device, the Airing, [link:] has been developed in the US that performs the same function, but the device itself is significantly smaller; an electronic ‘nose ring’ that just plugs into the nostrils.
Currently undergoing tests by US regulators, the Airing could be available next year and should be an interesting addition to relief from snoring and sleep apnoea.

To learn more about the various procedures Mr George Fayad offers for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnoea, call 07704 046909 to make a private appointment.