Do you frequently snore? If so, you not only drive your significant other crazy, but you may be exhibiting a warning sign of obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Sleep apnea can cause you to be sleep deprived, leading to a variety of serious oral health complications. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to stop snoring, from lifestyle changes to noninvasive treatment options. What snoring solutions will work best for you?
Top Snoring Solutions
- Avoid alcohol before bed: When you drink alcohol before bed you may initially feel sleepy, but have trouble managing good sleep. In addition, alcohol can cause the soft tissues in the throat to become overly relaxed and collapse, blocking airflow and causing the patient to stop breathing for brief periods and for patients to snore.
- Change how you sleep: Did you know sleeping on your side instead of your back can reduce apnea episodes and help prevent snoring? In addition, you can help by maintaining a regular sleep schedule, going to bed and waking up at the same times every day. We also suggest making sure your bedroom is conducive to good rest, keeping the room dark, cool, and free of screen distractions (TVs, computers, smartphones).
- Take a sleep assessment: We offer a sleep assessment on our website, which can help you evaluate whether you may need treatment for a sleep disorder.
- Lose weight: Obesity is a major factor behind snoring and sleep apnea. By losing weight with exercise and dieting, you can often help yourself rest better.
- Try an oral appliance: Often, we can help you address OSA with an oral appliance. The appliance helps move the jaw forward to help the airways stay open.
- Consider a CPAP machine: A CPAP machine is a mask covering the face connected to a machine that pumps air through the nose and mouth, ensuring your breathing is uninterrupted.