For some, snoring may just be a nuisance that is noisy and disruptive to others. However, for other patients snoring is a much more serious condition because after proper examination and diagnosis it turns out that snoring is not the main condition at hand, instead it is found to be an indication of sleep apnea, a condition which can be deadly. Snoring is not just a social problem. It has its own serious health risks.
It’s important that you are able to have your snoring problem examined and diagnosed as required, this way the proper snoring treatment can be administered to you by professional. Dr. Roubal has extensive experience treating snoring and sleep apnea.
Treating Snoring At Home
Before you rush to the dentist you may want to try out a few preventative measures that may relieve your snoring. If these methods don’t work, then consult Dr. Roubal to get to the root of your snoring condition.
Below are some common fixes that may alleviate your snoring:
- Try to sleep on your side if you are a back sleeper. Sleeping on your back naturally constricts the airway.
- Sleep at an angle propped up so that you are able to breathe freely.
- Use snoring/breathing strips.
- Be sure to use your prescribed medications as required, especially if you have allergies, asthma, or if you are treating a respiratory infection. Even the common cold can cause snoring, so decongestants may provide the needed relief.
If these measures don’t work, you should definitely schedule an appointment time with Dr. Roubal so that your snoring can be professionally and effectively treated.
Weight Loss as Snoring Treatment
Studies have shown that those who are overweight are more likely to snore at night when compared to those who are not. People who are overweight generally have excess fat in various locations on their bodies, which can build up in the neck and throat area causing the airway to narrow due to the extra weight. The fat deposits in this area can also vibrate while sleeping which also causes snoring. Patients who are overweight often suffer from sleep apnea.
While there are many methods one can take to lose weight, it has been proven that weight-loss may help patients to stop snoring and may also be helpful in treating sleep apnea if a patient is diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Weight-loss can be achieved through diet, exercise, surgery, or a combination of these methods.
Oral Appliances for Snoring Treatment
Just as there are oral appliances meant to help those who have sleep apnea, there are also ones that have been created to help those with a snoring problem. Oral appliances are meant to be used at night and work just like sleep apnea appliances do: they reposition the jaw and tongue to keep the airway free of any blockage. Some of the most commonly used appliances are the Silent Nite, the Elastic Mandibular Advancement (EMA), and the SomnoDent by SomnoMed.
Snoring Treatment with Dr. Roubal
Thankfully, snoring is a condition that is easily treated. Once you know what it causing you to snore at night, Dr. Roubal will be able to determine which course of snoring treatment is best for you. Some patients can successfully use oral appliances while others can make simple behavioral changes to stop their snoring. If you live in the Omaha area or can travel to our office, give us a call at (402) 493-4175 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Don’t ignore your snoring any longer!