To begin the procedure, an oral spray will be applied to your palate to topically anesthetize the area. Once partially anesthetized, three or four small local anesthetic injections will be given to complete the anesthesia.
Once anesthesia is obtained, tiny polyester implants are placed into the muscle of your soft palate. There is no discomfort felt during the procedure.
Following the procedure you will be given an antibiotic and a pain reliever. Most patients complain of only a mild sore throat relieved by ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). A feeling of fullness in your throat for a few post-operative days is common due to swelling.
You should expect your snoring to worsen after the procedure due to mild swelling that results. Improvement in your snoring will begin two weeks following the procedure, and continues until six-eight weeks. At this time you will visit with your doctor to determine if an additional Somnoplasty treatment is suggested to further decrease your snoring.
Most patients find minimal dietary restrictions following the procedure. We suggest you maintain a cool, soft diet for two days following your procedure. You should avoid citrus and spicy foods, as they may be irritating. You may advance your diet as tolerated.
Sleep with two-three pillows so that you are maintaining a 45 degree angle.