Effective aids for snoring include several convenient self-help options, such as the following:
Mouthpieces: These fall under the following two categories:
Good Morning Snore Solution
Good Morning Snore Solution
Tongue Retaining Devices work by keeping the tongue in a slightly forward position, and thereby preventing the back of the tongue from blocking airways during sleep. These are the newest technology in snoring prevention. Invented a little more than a decade ago, tongue retaining devices are available in various designs for a sleek look and effective control of snoring. My personal success story is based on the effectiveness of this type of anti-snoring devices, particularly Good Morning Snore Solution.
Mandibular Repositioning Systems work by holding the lower jaw in a slightly forward position. This prevents the tongue from collapsing back during sleep, and maintains the lower jaw and associated structures in a stable position. These are called by a variety of names, such as mandibular repositioning device (MRD), mandibular advancement device (MAD), or mandibular advancement splint (MAS).
Chin StrapsChin Straps: These are straps that are worn around the chin and back of the head. They work by keeping the mouth closed to control snoring. It is effective for people whose snoring is caused due to open mouth position during sleep.
Nose ClipsNasal Products: These include nasal strips, nasal sprays, nose clips and nostril cones. They work by keeping nasal passages open during sleep. Those who snore because of stuffy or blocked nose, which is an estimated 15-20% of all snoring cases, may be benefited through these interventions.
PillowsPillows: Anti-snore pillows work by keeping the head in an elevated position and encouraging sleeping on one’s side. These work for cases where bad posture during sleep is the main cause of snoring.
Natural PillsNatural Pills: These are tablets or sprays that use natural ingredients to reduce congestion and mucus production. These may be used if snoring is temporarily caused due to nasal or sinus congestion.
Anti-Snoring Remedies: Medical Intervention
There are several medical interventions for snoring, which include the following:
CPAPContinuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): These devices work by maintaining positive air pressure to blow air in through a mask. They help a patient with breathing difficulty breathe easier. These are expensive devices that are generally indicated for sleep apnea, patients in critical health conditions and infants with respiratory difficulties. A doctor’s prescription is required for obtaining a CPAP machine.
Custom-made Mouthpieces: Customized mouthpieces that work by mandibular repositioning can be obtained from a specialized dentist. These are custom-fitted to one’s mouth and gum, and therefore have good retention – they do not fall off from teeth.
Pharmacological Agents: A clinical study reported that the combination of pseudoephedrine (nasal decongestant) and domperidone (a prokinetic drug) alleviated severe snoring in subjects. One’s physician will be able to provide the best advice on using medicinal products to control snoring.
Before After SurgerySurgery: Several surgical interventions, such as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and the Pillar procedure, are available as a last resort or in very severe cases of snoring / sleep apnea. The first two procedures involve widening of the area at the back of the mouth through surgical removal of soft tissue. The Pillar procedure, a FDA-approved out-patient procedure, works by making the soft palate more rigid through the injection of dacron (or “pillars”) into this part of the mouth.