Snoring is often ignored and seen as something normal. However, people sleeping close to snorers may not agree. Snoring can keep your loved one up all night while the snorer enjoys his good night sleep. Unfair, right? No one can judge the seriousness of snoring until you sleep beside someone who snores.
The snorer also suffers emotionally because of the strained relationships due to the simple fact of sleeplessness. Worse, snoring could be an indication of a more serious sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea.
A person suffering from frequent loud snoring should not take it lightly. As mentioned earlier, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Do consult with your doctor when you notice these symptoms.
- Your snore is too loud and labored.
- You feel exhausted even after having enough sleep.
- You briefly stop breathing then gasp for air while you are sleeping.
If your snoring is just mild to moderate, you can use a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) or Tongue Stabilizing Device (TSD). These devices address the cause of snore which is the vibration of the soft tissues and tongue that are blocking the air passage while you sleep. Both products work differently.
The Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), or anti-snoring mouthpiece, works by advancing your lower jaw to ensure that the air passages are open. You can get a MAD through your dentist or over-the-counter products sold by reputable companies. The prescription MAD that you get from the dentist are custom-fitted but are very expensive. The alternative is to use an over-the-counter mouthpiece that works the same way. There is a level of customization in most MAD sold by companies like Zyppah and SnoreRx, and they are very affordable.
Tongue Stabilizing Device (TSD) focuses on the tongue. Instead of wearing a mouthpiece, the device is like a small suction device for the tongue. This device pulls the tongue out so that it will not collapse to the throat area while you sleep. The price is also affordable like the mouthpieces. However, you should note that this product is not useful if the tongue of the person cannot extend as far as required by the device. In addition, the snoring cannot be eliminated by the instrument if the tongue is not the primary cause of the snore.
On the other hand, there are also medical devices and operations that can eliminate the snoring. Here are some of them.
This is a bedside machine that helps keep the airways in your mouth open by blowing pressurized air to a mask that the patient wears over the nose or mouth.
This method uses a laser to adjust the soft tissues at the back of the throat. The procedure also involves making small cuts in the soft palate to make it stiffer when it heals.
This procedure makes use of tiny plastic implants that prevent the collapse of the soft palate to the throat.
This method is similar to the Laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP). The difference is that this approach uses low levels of radiofrequency to remove the part of the soft tissues and palate that causes the snore
These medical procedures are invasive and very expensive, so you can opt using the over-the-counter devices such as the mouthpieces and TRD first. However, let us remind again the importance of seeing your doctor when your snoring is more frequent and louder to ensure that you do not have any critical condition manifested by your snoring.