Does Snoring Have You Up All Night?
The snoring treatments you’ve been waiting for
Is there a cure for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea? continued...
Snoring Cure No. 2: Try over-the-counter remedies
If allergies or nasal congestion seem to be the cause of snoring, an
antihistamine or decongestant might be all you need to breathe freely and sleep
comfortably. Antisnoring strips and sprays exist, but Pascualy says they
haven’t been found to be particularly effective.
Snoring Cure No. 3: Use oral devices
Dental appliances that hold the tongue and jaw in such a way that the airway
remains open have been found to be quite effective for benign snorers, with
success rates ranging from 50%–80%. They can also be effective for OSA,
although at lower rates of success (40%–50%). What’s key, say experts, is to
have one custom-made by a dentist, rather than buying an over-the-counter
version or one from the Internet.
Snoring Cure No. 4: Try continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the leading therapy for sleep
apnea. The CPAP device consists of a mask worn over the nose and face during
sleep, which is connected to a pump that pushes air into the nasal passages,
keeping the airway open. Compliance is a problem, though. The treatment only
works if you use the mask regularly, and some people find it uncomfortable, or
are self-conscious about wearing it in front of their partner.
Snoring Cure No. 5: Elect to have surgery
As a last resort, there are several surgical procedures doctors can perform
to increase the size of your airways. In some cases it’s just a matter of
fixing a structural problem such as a deviated septum or removing adenoids.
Other techniques include placing implants in the palate, which stimulate the
formation of scar tissue and reduce snoring, or removing the uvula. Both of
these procedures have a success rate of around 50%, though the long-term
benefits are not yet known.