Snoring Treatment Methods
Snoring is a disorder with more than one cause. There are several reasons why it occurs, so there is no universal treatment method suitable for everyone. To date, there are several methods for treating night snoring, and only a specialist can choose the one that will be most effective for a particular patient.
Directions of therapy
A number of general recommendations that can be used to cure uncomplicated forms of snoring, as well as reduce the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (a complicated form of snoring with pauses in breathing during sleep):
- Try to reduce body weight;
- Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and sleeping pills;
- Try to unlearn sleeping on your back;
- Consult an otolaryngologist to identify diseases of the upper respiratory tract;
- Start doing exercises to train the muscles of the tongue and lower jaw.
Depending on the cause and severity of the disease, several main methods of treatment can be distinguished:
Medical. For mild snoring, pharmacological treatments may be effective. With their help, you can remove tissue swelling, tone the muscles of the pharynx, and reduce dry mouth.
Non-drug . There are several types of oral anti- snoring devices. Devices shaped like baby nipples or sports mouthguards act as a tongue irritant and do not allow the muscles of the palate to relax. Some of them increase the lumen of the airways, moving the lower jaw forward, which prevents the development of snoring.
The surgical method of treatment is indicated for patients with pathology of the nasopharynx, hypertrophy of the tonsils, hyperplasia of the soft tissues of the pharynx. More sparing surgical treatment includes such methods as laser plasty of the palate, cryoplasty and somnoplasty .
CPAP therapy for severe sleep apnea
For snoring with pauses in breathing during sleep (obstructive sleep apnea syndrome), the most effective treatment is SPAP therapy. This is a method in which a special medical device (CPAP device) is used. By creating a constant positive pressure in the airways, the device expands their lumen, prevents breathing stops and eliminates the sound of snoring.
As a result of CPAP therapy, a healthy sleep structure is restored, the patient gets enough sleep and feels much better. In the morning drowsiness, headaches and irritability disappear. With constant use, blood pressure and the work of the cardiovascular system are normalized, the risk of heart attack and stroke is reduced.
You can get diagnosed and receive the necessary treatment in specialized clinics and sleep centers. Employees of the Sleep Medicine Center at the Rehabilitation Clinic in Khamovniki will help in the fight against breathing disorders during sleep.
You need to start treatment with a CPAP machine in a sleep center, but then you will need to carry out CPAP therapy at home. To do this, the patient must purchase his own device, which he will use. The cost of the device depends on its type, manufacturer and its functionality.
CPAP machines are divided into three classes: relatively speaking, these are premium, standard and economy. “Regular” devices effectively help with sleep apnea, they have a basic set of necessary functions, but the level of comfort when using them is somewhat lower than that of the best auto-CPAP devices ( autoCPAP ) today, which have automatic configuration of work with saving information about treatment.
To choose the most suitable device, you should listen to the doctor’s recommendations, as well as take into account your own needs and expectations.
Prisma CPAP machines Line are unique devices of the German company Weinmann-Loewenstein , which have no analogues in world practice. These devices have the most advanced set of functions, which allows for effective and comfortable treatment of patients with obstructive sleep apnea and other breathing disorders during sleep.