Surgical procedures for insomnia are only considered when there is an associated anatomic problem.
If your insomnia is accompanied by loud snoring, or by an inability to breathe adequately while you sleep, your doctor may recommend that you be tested for sleep apnea. If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, there are nonsurgical treatment approaches. Your doctor may recommend that you use a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask at night to improve airflow through your mouth and nasal passages.
If conservative measures fail and your doctor determines that your airway anatomy is part of the problem, a surgical solution may be offered. Surgical solutions depend on your particular anatomy and may include:
- Removing your tonsils
- Reconstructing your uvula and palate (structures in your mouth)
Some procedures may be more extensive than others. Talk to your doctor about the best approach for you.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 10/2012 -
- Update Date: 10/11/2012 -