Snoring can have a profound effect on everyday life, especially if individual shares his bedroom with someone else. To find out how to stop snoring, we need to look at available treatments as different things work for different people, depending on the cause of their snoring.
Nearly all anti-snoring treatments are focused on removing the blockage in the airway passage. Having said that, first step to be taken in order to stop snoring should be to lose weight, as fat tends to put additional pressure on the throat. Second most common advice is to quit smoking in order to stop weakening the throat, followed by change of sleeping posture, as sleeping on the back leads to blockage of the throat by the tongue. However, in many cases this is not enough to prevent that annoying snoring sound, so other treatments in form of anti-snoring pillows, dental appliances, nasal sprays, surgery, positive airway pressure and similar snoring aids come into play.
Surgery is known to help to reduce or stop snoring in some individuals. Even though surgery is the most radical method to stop snoring, many people still do it because they have exhausted other options. Most popular anti-snoring procedure is uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, which is an invasive procedure where tissue (pharynx and uvula) in the back of the throat is taken out in order to make the airway wider. There are some side effects involved with this type of surgery and the scariest one includes scar tissue build up, which could make the airway narrower and ruin the purpose of surgery itself.
Another surgery option for snoring includes Radiofrequency ablation, which is a fairly new procedure where radiofrequency energy is used to heat the soft palate and uvula. The point of this procedure is to cause tissue scarring under the skin that result in harder tissue after healing period. Radiofrequency ablation is a less invasive surgery than uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, but it often just reduces snoring instead of stopping it completely.
Mandibular advancement splint is the other name for this devices that is used to treat snoring. Simply said, such device is designed to push the lower jaw forward along with the tongue and it is made by a dentist specializing in snoring. Aside from snoring treatments, dental appliances are used to cure mild to moderate sleep apnea. With far less side effects than other anti-snoring methods, mandibular advancement splints are the most popular anti-snoring devices. The only downside of such device is its cost, which can be up to a thousand dollars, if custom made. On the other hand, similar devices are available over-the-counter, but no one gives you guarantee that it will fit your mouth and jaw size. Cheaper dental appliances are made of EVA special polymer, resembling protective mouth guards used by sportsmen.
Other methods to stop snoring include CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), pharmacological treatments in form of domperidone and pseudoephedrine, both of which could be found over-the-counter, and jaw supporters which will keep your mouth shut and force you to breathe through the nose.