Lifestyle changes are the first action that will be recommended to handle snoring, for example by losing weight to normal limits, and maintaining adequate sleep time. Snoring patients should also avoid the consumption of alcoholic drinks, especially before bedtime, and provide treatment for nasal congestion and advise patients not to sleep on their backs.
For snoring caused by sleep apnea obstruction, doctors may suggest several handling measures that will be tailored to the condition of snoring sufferers, namely:
- The use of CPAP engines (continuous positive airway pressure) by placing a pressurized mask connected to a small air pump over the nose when the patient sleeps. This tool will keep the respiratory tract open.
- Use of a specially made device to fit the patient’s mouth to keep the jaw, tongue, and palate fixed. Installation of this tool will require regular visits to a dental specialist to ensure the condition continues to be monitored until it improves. Side effects of this tool are increased saliva, dry mouth, and jaw pain.
- The traditional surgical procedure is called uvulopalatofaringoplasti (UPPP). Procedure of tightening and removal of excess tissue from the throat to dilate air flow and reduce snoring. The risks of side effects of this procedure include infection, bleeding, pain and nasal blockage.
- Laser or LUPPP surgery, which uses laser light to perform UPPP procedures in snoring patients. This procedure can be done many times to control snoring.
- Somnoplasty or tissue ablation by using radio frequency to shrink tissue to the palate and reduce snoring.
- The procedure of installing an oral cavity made of soft polyester into the tissue of the palate to make it more rigid and reduce snoring. Talk to your doctor before undergoing this procedure because the level of safety is still under investigation.
Alternative therapies such as homeopathy or nasal sprays are some alternative steps that are also available for snoring patients, but still need to be examined again effectiveness. You can discuss some other alternatives with your doctor before doing so. Here are some therapies that can help reduce snoring:
- Doing certain singing exercises every day for three months can help improve the strength of the upper palate and throat.
- Playing a certain musical instrument for 25 minutes a day can train the upper respiratory muscles and reduce daytime drowsiness.