Snoring is the loud sound that occurs during sleep as a result of narrowing the trachea by loosing the tension of the tongue, soft palate and small tongue. Sleep apnea is a temporary cessation of breathing while sleeping. Snoring and sleep apnea surgery are surgical procedures for the correction of snoring or sleep apnea. With surgical treatment, narrow areas of the upper airway are enlarged to prevent congestion during breathing. Upper respiratory tract from the nose to the throat. Apnea-causing stenosis may occur in one or more places in the nose, nasal, soft palate, small tongue, tongue root or larynx.