Snoring Treatments

There are a number of treatment options available to the underlying causes of snoring. Treatment may include:

  • Nasal strips and dilators: Over-the-counter strips applied to your nose can help you breathe more easily through your nose.
  • Dental appliances: These fitted retainers help keep your jaw, tongue and soft palate in the optimum position to minimize snoring.
  • Lifestyle changes, including:
    • Losing weight
    • Sleeping on your side
    • Raising the head of your bed
    • Treating allergies or other congestion
    • Quitting smoking
    • Avoiding alcohol and sleeping pills
  • Laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (LAUPPP) surgery: This is an outpatient procedure to remove excess tissue from the back of your throat to reduce vibration and increase breathing space.
  • Somnoplasty: A low-intensity radiofrequency signal shrinks soft palate tissue to reduce vibration and increase breathing space.
  • Surgery

If your snoring is related to obstructive sleep apnea, your physician may recommend:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP): A small pump forces air through a tube and face mask to keep your airway open.