A Look at Snoring Treatments

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If your own efforts to stop snoring do not help, consult your physician or an otolaryngologist -- or a doctor for the ear, nose, and throat. If you choose to try a dental appliance as a snoring treatment, you'll have to see a dentist specializing in these devices. Some medical snoring treatments are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral devices (including dental appliances and lower jaw positioners), and surgery. 


Constant Positive Airway Pressure is made up of sleep with an air mask to maintain constant air pressure in the throat. CPAP is a treatment for sleep apnea, as well as for snoring. 

A wide range of dental appliances, oral apparatus, and lower jaw adjusters can be found to relieve snoring. Some folks experience significant improvement with these oral appliances, which bring the lower jaw forward during sleep. Most of the products match within the moutharea, but some products on the market are worn around the chin and head to adjust the position of the chin. 


As far as surgery goes, Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty (TAP) treats snoring and assorted types of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The types of TAP include: laser-assisted uvula palatoplasty (LAUP) and radiofrequency ablation (or "somnoplasty"). Laser-assisted uvula palatoplasty (LAUP) vaporizes the uvula and a portion of the palate using a laser at the doctor's office under local anesthesia. LAUP effectively removes obstructions into the tooth, which might be causing snoring or sleep apnea. 

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Laser-Assisted Uvula Palatoplasty has a higher success rate compared to Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty for sleep apnea (UPPP), but it requires a surgeon with experience in laser processes. Radiofrequency ablation, or somnoplasty, shrinks excess tissue in the upper airway using a needle electrode. For snoring, the soft palate and uvula are reduced. For Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the base of the tongue has been decreased. Somnoplasty does not need general anesthesia. 

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According to many experts, while some snoring treatments may assist in cases of milder snoring problems, for heavy snoring, surgically correcting sinus ailments in the nose, pharynx, or uvula may be the sole solution. 


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