SMILE Procedure for Snoring

March 17th, 2015 by admin in Paediatric Otolaryngology, Sleep Clinic Comments Off on SMILE Procedure for Snoring

Did you know that reducing a portion of the tongue could reduce snoring in children?

Reduce Snoring in Children

If you check up on your child sleeping at night, and find them snoring and having difficulty breathing, do not fear. About 7.5% of children suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Many children who suffer from snoring have enlarged tongues and tonsils. They have bigger tongue muscles, but also more fat on the tongue, which makes it harder for them to breathe at night, and causes them to breathe loudly.

In contrast to adults, the most effective method of treatment for OSA is surgical. The mainstay of surgical treatment for OSA in children is adenotonsillectomy. This has an 85% success rate.

However, there are a variety of other procedures that may be more appropriate for you child. One of the newer procedures available is SMILE, or submucosal minimally invasive lingual excision.

SMILE procedure for snoring is an effective novel operation that incorporates coblation with ultrasonography and endoscopic guidance for children who need tongue base reduction. Anatomic dissection and clinical cases demonstrate the potential for aggressive yet relatively safe tissue removal by this minimally invasive technique.

In addition SMILE also has significant potential for adults with obstructive sleep apnea due to a large tongue base.

It is a relatively new procedure, so with further development and finessing the efficacy of the procedure should increase, and the possible complication rates should be reduced.

If you decide to see Prof. Havas he can decide whether your child is suitable for such an operation, or if not, what treatment path would be most appropriate. He is an expert in the field with over twenty years experience in obstructive sleep apnea.