Snoring Treatment Options


Snoring Treatment Options

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Snoring Treatment may be in the form of a surgical procedure or non-surgical one.

Surgical snoring treatment procedures include:

Uvulopalathopharyngoplasty (UPPP)
This snoring treatment removes excess throat tissues as parts of the soft palate, tonsils, etc. This will allow more air to pass through without obstruction

Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP)
This procedure uses laser to remove part of the palate. Also subjected to the same procedure is the uvula.

Radio frequency ablation
Another surgical snoring treatment, this uses a needle electrode to shrink the uvula or soft palate.

Palatal Stiffening
This snoring surgical treatment utilizes laser technology to produce a scar tissue to eliminate the vibrations, which causes the snore.

Non-surgical snoring treatment includes:

Nasal Strips
This opens the nasal passages enabling a person to breathe better.

CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
This snoring treatment, famous in the 1980s, makes use of a nasal mask, which provides consistent and continuous pressure to the throat.

Mechanical Devices
This snoring treatment repositions the nose and jaw to broaden the airways. Custom fitting is required for different patients. One can ask the help of a dentist or an orthodontist on the use of such devices.

Famous herbal remedies are the golden seal or Hydrastis Canadensis, and the golden rod or Solidago Virgauria. Inhaling steam of essential oils or peppermint can also help decongest the nasal airways.

With the use of marjoram oil, aromatherapy as a snoring treatment is helpful in clearing nasal passages.
A Change in Sleep position
Sleeping on the sides, than on the back, has been proven to lessen the snoring problem of an individual.

Raising the Head Portion of the Bed
Raising the head portion of the bed prevents snoring, as the tongue is prevented to go into the back of the throat.

Exercise Program
A healthy lifestyle, eating food good for the body, and a regular exercise program, will help to cure snoring brought about by excessive body weight. With a healthier lifestyle in mind, one must avoid alcohol especially right before sleep. Smoking which is bad for the health should be avoided.

Yoga, Tai-chi and Meditation
Practicing yoga, tai chi and meditation makes one more capable of handling stress. This is also a good way to exercise, which promotes good health and fitness.

There are many choices for snoring treatment. Depending on the degree of snoring, mild procedures may just do the job. Prevention, especially by having a healthier lifestyle change is recommended. This change of lifestyle can also be applied to supplement any other existing medication or snoring treatment that you are undergoing. In the end, your doctor can present you with all available options for your specific snoring condition; heeding your doctor’s advice is a good way to go.