There are several snoring treatments that can help a person with the problem. Snoring is often caused by a blocked airway, so treatment options range from simple lifestyle changes to surgical procedures. In addition to anti-snoring medications, snoring treatments can also include exercises to strengthen the muscles of the upper respiratory tract. These exercises can be done before bedtime or as a combination with other treatments, such as nasal strips or dental appliances. Surgical procedures and continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines may be required if the snoring is caused by a structural condition, such as sleep apnea.
A doctor may recommend certain snoring treatments after examining the symptoms and reviewing the patient’s medical history. They will also examine the throat, mouth, and nasal cavities, and note any other medical conditions or medications the patient is taking. If the physician suspects sleep apnea, they will refer the patient to a sleep specialist for further testing. A sleep study will measure the patient’s breathing while they sleep, which will identify whether they are experiencing sleep apnea and develop a treatment plan for them.
There are several surgical procedures that can reduce or eliminate snoring. One is known as coblation palatoplasty, which involves the reduction of the soft palate and the uvula to open the airway. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting. Patients are usually able to return to work the next day. Some people experience temporary pain from the procedure, but this is easily managed with pain relievers or throat lozenges. Another treatment is an oral appliance, which is custom-made and prescribed by a dentist. These appliances help increase the airway and minimize snoring during sleep. These appliances are recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.