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Snoring treatment

What Are the Treatments?

          There are hundreds of products, exercises, medical devices, drugs, and surgeries that claim to treat snoring. However, in most cases, simple lifestyle changes can stop snoring. They include:

  • Don't drink alcohol within three hours of bedtime.
  • Avoid sedatives and antihistamines, especially at bedtime.
  • If you're overweight, get regular exercise to lose some weight.
  • If you suffer from allergies, try to eliminate allergens in the bedroom -- such as removing pets, regularly washing your sheets in hot water to remove dust mites, and removing any mold.
  • Sleep on your side.
  • Use a humidifier if the air in your home is too dry.

          A variety of products designed to help you sleep on your side -- a position that can decrease snoring -- may help some people.

          A variety of products designed to dilate the nasal passages, such as nasal strips or nasal support devices, may work in some people with congestion or nasal abnormalities.

          Other products include pills, sprays, and herbal products that claim to decrease nasal congestion and devices to correct mouth breathing. These haven't been aggressively studied, so caution is advised.

          If you have a jaw or mouth abnormality that is causing nasal obstruction, your dentist may be able to fit you with a dental appliance to correct the problem and lessen snoring.

          If your doctor suspects that you have sleep apnea, treatment includes:

  • Weight loss, if you are overweight.
  • A CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device. This is a mask-like device that you wear at night to maintain air pressure in your nose and keep airways open.
  • Surgery. Somnoplasty uses radiofrequency ablation to shrink the tissues of the soft palate. Other surgeries are less commonly performed to treat sleep apnea as well as other forms of serious snoring.



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