“Solutions” for snoring have been marketed for many years. These treatments range from homeopathic and folk remedies to clinically proven treatments. Dr. Mark Weiser focuses on treating his Santa Barbara and Los Angeles snoring patients with clinically proven dental appliances.
Other things that you can do to prevent snoring:
- Ensure you keep your airway open by properly treating allergies, asthma, and other respiratory ailments. Ensure that you follow the advice of your healthcare provider.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages for several hours before bed.
- Use Breathe Right® Snoring Strips to help open your nasal passages and encourage proper breathing. Tests confirm that snoring strips can increase airway flow by up to 25%.
- Sleep on your side. When you sleep on your back, the weight of your neck’s soft tissues can collapse your airway and allow the tongue to move back into the throat.
If these basic remedies don’t work, consider the following treatment options.
Stop Snoring with Oral Appliance Therapy
The most effective treatment for snoring also treats the life-threatening disease obstructive sleep apnea. This disease often goes undiagnosed, and many snorers may actually suffer from it. Dr. Weiser uses sleep apnea appliances to adjust the jaw into a neuromuscularly balanced position. This opens the airway and allows free breathing.
Weight Loss and Snoring
Obesity can also lead to snoring. Fat deposits in the throat can act as extra weight on the soft tissues of the throat, obstructing the air passages and vibrating during relaxed breathing. If your snoring has increased with your waistline, weight loss through diet and exercise may help. Bariatric surgery can help patients who are not having success through these means. It is important to note that weight loss alone may not solve the problem of snoring, and that other treatments may also be necessary.
Do Nothing- Not An Option When It Comes To Snoring
Snoring is the most frequent indication of sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition. Sleep apnea, characterized by prolonged pauses between breaths, gasping for air at various times throughout the night, headaches, and constant fatigue, can also lead to heart attack, insulin resistance, and depression amongst other problems. If you snore, consult Dr. Weiser to ensure you are not unknowingly also suffering from sleep apnea.
If you live in Los Angeles or Santa Barbara (or anywhere in Southern California), and you’re interested in snoring treatment, contact Dr. Weiser today. Call (805) 754.3653 for the Santa Barbara location or (310) 237.6620 for the Los Angeles location.