Who Can Benefit From Snoring Therapies?
Snoring therapy is kind of a ‘blanket term’ used by doctors, sleep specialists, and those who write about snoring to reference any sort of ‘therapy’ that may be used for snoring. The actual definition of the word therapy is ‘treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder.’ So as you can probably see, this covers a broad range of different possible treatments and cures for snoring, ranging from mandibular advancement devices, to nasal strips, to stop-snoring surgery itself.
As a general rule, anyone who has a snoring problem of any kind can attempt to use a snoring therapy to alleviate it—but it is usually those whose snoring is keeping them or someone else awake who seek help for it.
Snoring that is not keeping anyone awake, or that is not hurting anyone’s quality of rest, is usually not considered to be that big of a problem. It is when snoring keeps someone awake, or disturbs someone’s rest, that it becomes an issue that needs to be resolved.
And that is usually when you would employ some kind of snoring therapy.
How Are Snoring Therapies Meant to Work?
Snoring therapies are meant to work in a variety of different ways. But usually, at the end of the day, they are all designed to do one thing. They are designed to help you breathe easier and to help to create less friction and/or restriction in the airway.
But obviously, different snoring therapies help to accomplish this in different ways. Here are just a few examples of how a few different therapies do what they do…
- Mandibular advancement devices (MADs): Advance the lower jaw to create more room in the upper airway
- Tongue stabilization devices (TSDs): Keep the tongue held forward to help you avoid blockage in the airway
- Nasal strips: Keep the nose open wider to promote nasal breathing, which keeps the throat from getting so dried out
- Nasal dilators: Same as nasal strips
- Stop Snoring Pillows: Help to promote a more open airway by positioning and supporting the head and neck appropriately during sleep
- Stop snoring chin straps: Help to keep the mouth closed, which promotes nasal breathing while also helping to keep the lower jaw from falling backward to constrict the airway
- Stop snoring throat sprays: Help to lubricate the throat, which reduces your chances of suffering from soft palate vibration due to air friction
- The Pillar Procedure: One of several different snoring procedures you can have done. This one uses small rods, inserted into the soft palate, to ‘stiffen’ the loose tissues to help you avoid soft palate vibration
And so on. There are many more snoring therapies than just these, but this helps to demonstrate how most snoring therapies work. There are also some other methods that companies have used to construct different types of treatments for snoring.
But in the end, most of them have to do with affecting the upper airway to help lessen incidence of soft palate vibration, in some way.
Do We Believe That Snoring Therapies Can Help?
Yes, there are many different stop snoring therapies that can help—but they are not all equal, and some certainly work better than others. Our favorite remedies tend to be TSDs and MADs… but we have also experienced different degrees of success with many other types of therapies as well.
It mostly depends on which therapy works best for you, as everyone’s snoring problem does tend to be at least a little bit unique.
For us, the jury is kind of out on nasal vents. These unique types of stop snoring therapies rely on EPAP technology, and are kind of like CPAP but without the use of a machine. These do seem to work for some people, but we are still looking into them and have not really seen, with definitive proof, if they tend to work for the majority of people or not.
We also know that snoring procedures work well for a lot of people, but there are a few reasons for why we tend to advocate trying a few other less invasive remedies first, just to see if they might help.
With that being said, surgery is always an option if that sounds like a good direction for you.
Who Should Avoid Using Snoring Therapies?
If you believe that you may be suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea in addition to a snoring problem, then you may want to forgo choosing your own treatment, and instead, see your doctor as soon as possible.
OSA is a much more severe problem than regular snoring, and it is very important to get treatment if you are indeed suffering from it.
Consumer Views Found Online
You can find consumer reviews on pretty much any type of snoring therapy out there on the internet, and we actually recommend doing this kind of research before making a choice to spend money on a product.
How Much Should I Spend on Snoring Therapies?
Stop snoring therapies can range in price from free (losing weight, dieting, trying not to sleep on your back, avoiding alcohol and cigarettes, etc.), to hundreds, or even thousands of dollars for more expensive mouthpieces or surgery.
Of course, figuring out how much you want to spend will help you to narrow down your treatment options.
What Are Some Possible Alternatives?
If you would rather not spend money on commercial stop snoring therapies, you can also make small lifestyle changes that could help you to fix the problem. Some options for this include…
- Losing weight
- Avoiding alcohol and cigarettes
- Doing throat exercises to help strengthen your soft palate muscles
- Sleeping on your side instead of your back
- Buying new, better pillows
There are all kinds of snoring therapies available out there. So be proactive and try to find one that works for you.
You should never just let your snoring problem go—especially if it is affecting someone’s quality of sleep. Get the problem solved so that you can rest better, and get on with your life while also avoiding the daytime fatigue and other problems that snoring can bring.