The shape or structure of your nose may not necessarily be the main contributing factor and cause to loud and annoying snoring that keeps your partner up at night. At times, a soft palate and vulva may be the main cause, as the tissues vibrate when you sleep. In these situations, most surgeons would recommend opting for radiofrequency palatoplasty, which basically uses electrical currents to shrink and roof of your mouth. This is probably the least invasive surgery that can be recommended. Here are 3 things you should do after the surgery.
Lean Towards Eating Soft Foods
Using electric currents to shrink and stiffen the back part of the roof of your mouth may not seem invasive, but it does put the tissues there under a lot of stress. They will be particularly vulnerable after the surgery and are prone to swelling, infection and even bleeding. You might find yourself dealing with a sore throat for several days after the surgery.
You don't want to exasperate these side effects and worsen the situation. Crunchy or hard foods have sharp edges that may end up cutting up the roof of your mouth – especially if the tissues are already swollen. Stick to soft foods or liquid diets for several days afterwards just to be sure.
Take Ibuprofen to Reduce Inflammation and Swelling
Inflammation and swelling are common side effects of radiofrequency palatoplasty. Ibuprofen will help reduce these side effects, and get you up on your feet in no time. Even if you don't think you have any swelling after the surgery, it doesn't hurt to take some Ibuprofen still. This is due to the fact that it takes a while for the swelling and inflammation to appear sometimes. If you wait before you take the analgesic, you might find yourself in pain for sometime. Taking the analgesic first will help reduce the severity of the side effects.
Record Yourself at Nights to Monitor Progress
You and your partner should see noticeable results from the radiofrequency palatoplasty for snoring approximately 4 weeks after the surgery; however, results vary from patient to patient. To know whether the surgery was effective and whether additional treatments are needed, simply record yourself at night in order to monitor the progress of your recovery.
If you still snore at night, but the snoring no longer wakes up your partner, you might not necessarily have to opt for additional treatments. Keep the records, and show them to your surgeon in order to get their professional opinion.
Snoring doesn't have to ruin your life or keep your partner up at night. There are plenty of surgeries that can help keep your snoring to a minimum; however, your surgeon and ENT physician will need to figure out the cause of the snoring before recommending a treatment.