Long considered little more than a nuisance, snoring is no longer something to ignore – to the delight of frustrated bed partners everywhere. To sleep physicians, and many dentists, snoring is a sign that something’s wrong; however, we have provided a list of snoring solutions and treatment below.
Snoring occurs when a person’s airways have narrowed, causing the air that passes through it as we breathe to vibrate the soft tissue of the throat. In principle, snoring isn’t normal and you should know why you are snoring to receive the best treatment. Your body could be telling you to that you have sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea.
During sleep apnea, snorers actually stop breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night. It’s important to receive an accurate diagnosis because of sleep apnea’s many implications in other health conditions. Sleep apnea raises your risk of heart attack, depression, and diabetes. But even if snoring is due to a case of seasonal allergies or nasal congestion, there are snoring solutions and treatments that can improve those conditions.
Snoring Solutions and Treatment
A narrowing of nasal passages that’s severe enough to cause snoring happens deeper than can be fixed with a sticky strip. They might affect the acoustics but not the mechanics of the airway. A frustrated bed partner might not hear snoring from someone wearing a nasal strip, but the snoring won’t really go away.
Excess weight can add tissue to the neck that presses and restricts airways, leading to the vibrations that produce snores. People who gain a few pounds every year may develop sleep apnea, but if they gained the weight and then started snoring, losing the weight may help alleviate the snoring. Not to mention, losing excess weight carries a number of additional health benefits!
Sleeping On Your Side
Because there’s greater pressure on the throat when you’re lying on your back, shifting to your side can really quiet that snore. Back-sleeping snorers are probably used to frequent elbowing from their bed partners. However, sleeping on your side might be a quick fix but isn’t a long-term treatment for snoring.
Sleep With A Humidifier
If your snoring is due to nasal congestion or allergies, and your nasal congestion or allergies are worse in dry air, sleeping with a humidifier might help unless you have sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea.
While the FDA has approved nasal valves for the treatment of sleep apnea, they’re one-time use, and isn’t cheap.
SomnoDent Oral Device
In someone with sleep apnea who either doesn’t respond to or doesn’t tolerate treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), a SomnoDent oral device, a type of mouthguard that moves the jaw can be very helpful. SomnoDent is a custom-made oral appliance for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). SomnoDent is worn during sleep to provide Continuous Open Airway Therapy (COAT) by moving the lower jaw slightly forward. This movement tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstructive apneas while you sleep. With a sleep apnea diagnosis, most insurance companies cover the cost of a SomnoDent. Ask your physician and/or dentist today about SomnoDent.
A surgical approach may be an alternative to create an open airway. The goal of surgery is to create a more open airway so obstructions are less likely to occur. Surgery can be quite invasive and sometimes worsen the apnea. There are several different surgical procedures with varying degrees of success.
Bottom line: Don’t ignore your snoring, especially if you have other health conditions or feel tired during the day.
If you are interested in finding a SomnoMed preferred dentist in your area, contact us. Ask your physician or dentist for more information on treating your snoring or mild to moderate sleep apnea with SomnoDent devices.