Snoring is a disorder that involves the vibration of the soft palette because of the blockage that it provides to a person’s airway. Snoring in itself is not dangerous but it could progress to a more serious condition called sleep apnea. Apnea refers to the condition where in the patient loses the ability to breathe for a few seconds due to the lack of oxygen that goes to the brain because of the aforementioned blockage.

Treatment of Snoring

Snoring Treatments

1.   There are various ways by which snoring can be treated. Medical professionals have various tools that they usually use to remove the blockage such as applying pressurised air through a mask to widen the passageway for proper breathing.

2.   Another tool they can use is the different jaw repositioning tools available to not block the airway during sleep. A misaligned jaw can drop into the air path and cause the snoring vibrations to occur.

3.   Various types of surgeries can also correct snoring. Nasal surgery for example can remove the blockage that possibly hampers the breathing pattern that causes the snoring. Another surgery corrects the deviated septum, which in turn will properly align the breathing organs that will therefore correct the snoring.

Recommended Sleeping Positions

Aside from this, there are also certain sleeping positions that you can do to provide better breathing for you as you sleep.

It is advisable for a patient who snores to sleep on the side instead of lying on his back because it opens up the airway wider, which can prevent snoring. Sleeping in the right position can provide you a healthier and much safer alternative in dealing with your snoring dilemma.

Sleeping positions to prevent snoring

Other Tips on Snore Prevention

1.   You should also watch your diet and health practices. This will protect your oral and nasal cavity from foreign bodies that may eventually hamper your breathing tunnels. Here are some steps you can take to prevent snores from invading your slumber.

2.   You have to lose weight. Thinner people are less likely to snore because the heart provides more oxygen to the brain which will prevent blockage because of the added air pressure from the oxygen.

3.   In addition to this, you are less likely to snore when you are thin because there will be no foreign bodies that may linger and block the soft palette and cause the vibration.

4.   Avoid vices. Smoking and drinking may affect your breathing apparatus due to severe smoke damage. The lungs and alveoli may be blocked by smoke causing you to experience lose of breathing during sleep or apnea, which is a more progressed condition of snoring.

Effects of Snoring and Sleep Deprivation

Snoring may not be truly dangerous in itself but the effects of this phenomenon may prove to hamper your daily functioning. Sleep deprivation due to snoring can yield the following results.

  1. Low Energy
  2. Poor comprehension
  3. Memory loss
  4. Sleepiness at daytime

These conditions will surely cause you problems when it comes to interpersonal relations and job performance.

Lastly, dentists can help diagnose the condition and give the proper recommendations to treat the condition.  You do not have to lose sleep because of snoring again.

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