In many cases, snoring is nothing more than an inconvenience. In others, it is a symptom of a serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) where a person can suffer from repeated blockage of the airway and breathing cessation during sleep. In addition to suffering from altered job/school performance, excessive daytime sleepiness, social problems, accidents and injuries, people with OSA are also at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, thinking and memory problems and impotence. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatments may include behavior modification such as weight loss or change in sleeping habits, use of oral positioning appliances, use of nighttime sleeping devices and in some cases, surgical procedures. During a personalized consultation, your surgeon will help determine if advanced imaging or sleep study are indicated to assist with your care.