Will At-Home Snoring Treatment Work for You?Jun 11, 2014, by
If you are a snorer, you might think that the best snoring treatment is to try something you can easily pick up at the drugstore on the way home. No real trouble, and it’s not too expensive. But do they work?
It’s possible for some at-home snoring treatments to work, but it depends on the severity of your snoring and the source of your snoring.
Do You Need to See a Doctor?
Before you decide to try an at-home snoring remedy, you need to consider whether you should try seeing a doctor for your snoring. If you have just minor, occasional snoring, it may not be necessary. But if you have very loud snoring, snore all the time, and feel unrested when you wake up in the morning, you should talk to a doctor.
The problem is that you might have more than just snoring. You may have sleep apnea, in which your breathing actually stops during sleep. Sleep apnea can put you at increased risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and other serious health conditions. Most people with sleep apnea snore, and this condition cannot be treated with over-the-counter remedies.
There are several nasal remedies marketed for snoring. This may help if your nose is the source of your snoring. If you’re a nose snorer, you will likely snore in any position, and you may snore more during cold or allergy season. If you’re a nose snorer, you are at a relatively low risk for sleep apnea.
Some of the nasal remedies are strips that fit on the outside of your nose that pull outward on your nostrils to open up your nasal airways. These adhesive strips can work for some people, but the adhesive can be irritating.
There are also dilators that you insert into the nostrils. These don’t have any adhesive, but they can be irritating in their own right.
Supposedly, these work by tightening soft tissue to reduce sagging that can lead to narrowed airways that cause the vibration of snoring. Throat sprays are unlikely to work for anyone–they have no good scientific basis, and even if they did work it likely wouldn’t be effective for long. If you’ve ever used a throat spray for a sore throat, you have an idea of how short the effects of this kind of treatment last.
There are many imitation oral appliances out there. They are designed to look like the treatments that you might get prescribed, but they are actually not anything like the oral appliances that we use in our office. They are not customized to successfully reposition your jaw, and are unlikely to work.
At-Home Remedies to Try
The best things you can do for your snoring have nothing to do with the cheap over-the-counter remedies they sell at the drug store. You can often improve your snoring by changing your sleep position. Try sleeping on your side rather than your back.
Another thing to try is cutting alcohol in the evening. Alcohol can affect you for about four hours after you drink, so don’t drink less than four hours before bedtime. Smoking can also cause snoring, so cutting back or ideally quitting altogether can help.
Overall, though, professional snoring treatment will give you the best results. To learn more about the snoring treatments we offer, please call 817-481-6888 for an appointment at Grapevine Dental Care in Dallas today.