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A 47-year-old member asked:

what can be done for snoring?

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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 37 years experience
Several things: Simple things such as sleep on your back, avoid excess alcohol before bed, weight loss, and some ear plugs for your partner. If you are a robust snorer, you should consider having a sleep study to determine if you have sleep apnea. This is a more serious problem, and needs medical help. Also, an oral dental appliance is a non-invasive way to treat snoring.
Dr. James Donley
Dentistry 54 years experience
Dental appliance: Snoring is a vibration of soft tissues at the back of the throat including the soft palate. There is usually a partial obstruction of the airway. One needs to see a dentist who is trained in dental sleep medicine. Snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea and this must be checked for. A trained dentist can then make either a snoring appliance or a sleep apnea appliance after a sleep study is done.

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A 25-year-old member asked:

A few weeks ago my husband started snoring all the time. Is there anything we can do about it?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Yes: It's possible that he has nasal congestion at night forcing him to be a mouth breather when he sleeps. This can lead to snoring. The nasal congestion can be due to allergies or a recent cold. Have your husband try otc decongestant nasal sprays and/or breathe right strips for several nights. If this doesn't work or he has pauses in his breathing, you should see an ent.
A 39-year-old member asked:

What can I do to stop snoring?

36 doctor answers69 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
Stop Snoring: Multiple factors contribute to snoring. These can include anatomic issues such as a deviated septum, long or low lying palate, a small jaw, a large tongue, a short, thick neck as well as carrying extra weight in the abdomen. Once sleep apnea is ruled out, things like breathe right strips, weight loss and oral appliances can be tried. Septal deviation and palate issues can be surgically corrected.
A 26-year-old member asked:

Why do people snore? Does it point to any disease?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 25 years experience
Narrowed airway: Snoring happens as muscles relax during sleep and air flows through a floppier smaller airway . If snoring is chronic it may be a sign of sleep apnea (osa) that is associated with daytime sleepiness cardiovascular disease , diabetes and headaches for example.
A 51-year-old member asked:

How do I stop a snoring husband?

3 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Strahil Atanasov
Sleep Medicine 38 years experience
4 main reasons: There are 4 predisposing factors for snoring: 1) being human 2) being male 3) overweight 4) nasal congestion apparently, there is nothing to be done about 1 and 2, so you need to concentrate on 3 and 4. You also need to consider the possibility that you are not dealing with simple snoring but snoring as a symptom of sleep apnea. Overall, snoring is not a laughing matter. I would take it seriously.
Dr. David Duhon
Dr. David Duhon commented
Sleep Medicine 35 years experience
Get him to a doctor who knows how to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. Snoring is merely annoying, but obstructive sleep apnea kills people.
Feb 10, 2012
A 45-year-old member asked:

What can be done to stop snoring?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Birnbach
Cosmetic Dentistry 48 years experience
Snoring: Avoid sleeping on your back ( sew a tennis ball into a pocket on the back of a t-shirt) lose weight see and ENT to be sure there aren't any nasal obstructions take medication for allergies use breathe rite strips have a dentist custom make an oral appliance.

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