How is Snoring Treated?
- Positional devices are available that the snorer can wear to train themselves to stay off their back. Home-made solutions can also be used, such as wearing a backpack full of clothes, propping a pillow against your back or attaching a tennis ball to a strap to wear around the torso.
- Weight loss can contribute greatly to reducing snoring.
- Sleeping in a slightly elevated position can help alleviate snoring as gravity will not be pulling the tongue back as much.
- Treating any nasal congestion allows the snorer to breathe through their nose and able to keep the mouth closed, making snoring quieter or less frequent.
- Sedatives such as sleeping medication or alcohol relax muscles more than they usually would and can exacerbate snoring. Avoiding alcohol before bed can make a big difference to snoring and general quality of sleep.
- Although snoring can be treated with a CPAP machine, without a coexistent diagnosis of moderate to severe sleep apnea, the hassle and discomfort of a CPAP machine means it is not generally well tolerated.
- A mandibular advancement splint (MAS) is a special type of mouth guard that holds the lower jaw forward, keeping the upper airway open. This is a very effective treatment for snoring, however a proper MAS made from a mould taken by a dentist and custom made for each patient is the correct option rather than cheaper options that are available online. A generic mould often causes more issues than they solve.
- Upper airway surgeries can be performed to increase the space in the airway.
- Laser treatments can also be performed which increase the muscle tone in the upper airway, reducing the floppiness of the soft tissue.