How is snoring treated?
Weight loss is the single most effective way to reduce snoring.
Recovery depends on the correct diagnosis and a treatment approach that includes medical and surgical treatments.
- A patient can be fitted with a nasal mask that provides continuous or modified positive air pressure (CPAP) through the nose to the throat. This should help the patient breathe better and sleep throughout the night
- Nasal steroids and other allergy treatments
- Dental appliances
- Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy
- Removes this excess tissue from the back of the throat and nose. This is commonly used for children and in select adult patients.
- Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
- Tightens and rearranges redundant tissues in the throat and palate. This is often prescribed for patients who have moderate or severe obstructive sleep apnea.
- Laser-assisted uvula palatoplasty (LAUP)
- A laser procedure that removes an airway obstruction. This treatment is performed under local anesthesia in a doctor's office and is intended for snorers and for cases of mild obstructive sleep apnea.
- A minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to shrink excessive tissue in the palate, uvula, and tongue tissue. This treatment can also be used to relieve nasal obstruction.
- Genioglossus, hyoid, or maxillomandibular advancement
- Surgical treatments for sleep apnea that position the tongue forward to keep the lower throat from collapsing during sleep.
- Hypoglossal nerve stimulation
- Involves placement of a device similar to a cardiac pacemaker that synchronizes tongue movement with breathing. This gently moves the tongue forward to keep the lower throat from collapsing during sleep.
- Septoplasty and turbinate surgery
- Reduces the resistance to the flow of air through the nose.
What steps can I take to control my occasional snoring?
If you occasionally snore, you can try the following behavior changes to help control the problem:
- Lose weight and improve your eating habits.
- Avoid tranquilizers, sleeping pills, and antihistamines before you go to bed.
- Avoid alcohol or snacks at least four hours before you sleep.
- Try to keep regular sleeping patterns. For example, try to go to bed at the same time every night.
- Sleep on your side rather than on your back.
- Tilt the head of your bed up four inches.
- Talk to your doctor or sleep specialist.