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Are there good over-the-counter solutions to solve loud snoring?

11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
6 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

I agree that it is most important to see a knowledgeable doctor to check if you are at risk for sleep apnea.
At home, consider a positioning device that prevents you from sleeping on the back, if snoring is mostly in that position. Alcohol and exercise avoidance within several hours of bedtime may reduce it. Inexpensive oral appliances that advance the jaw could help if tolerated.

In brief: Yes

I agree that it is most important to see a knowledgeable doctor to check if you are at risk for sleep apnea.
At home, consider a positioning device that prevents you from sleeping on the back, if snoring is mostly in that position. Alcohol and exercise avoidance within several hours of bedtime may reduce it. Inexpensive oral appliances that advance the jaw could help if tolerated.
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Dr. Patrick Melder
Agree with above. I would not hold my breath (no pun attended). Studies have shown over the counter aids are not very effective: http://tinyurl.com/7jaatab
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Avoid over the counter "boil and bite" oral appliances. They seldom help and are not repacement for professinally fit appliance. Don't waste your money. Make sure medications that you take for other conditions are not worsening snorning.
Dr. Lisa Shives
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

First, you need a sleep test to be sure that you just have snoring and not sleep apnea.

In brief: No

First, you need a sleep test to be sure that you just have snoring and not sleep apnea.
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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: OTC Snoring Products

Nope, there are no good otc solutions for snoring.
Snoring equates to a blocked airway. Oral decongestants may help a bit. A number of mouth sprays crease "slippery" mucous membranes. Mouth pieces that move the lower jaw forward during sleep may be somewhat helpful. Go see your primary care doctor. Losing weight is generally the best otc solution.

In brief: OTC Snoring Products

Nope, there are no good otc solutions for snoring.
Snoring equates to a blocked airway. Oral decongestants may help a bit. A number of mouth sprays crease "slippery" mucous membranes. Mouth pieces that move the lower jaw forward during sleep may be somewhat helpful. Go see your primary care doctor. Losing weight is generally the best otc solution.
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Dr. Matthew Mingrone
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: It depends

Snoring may also be a sign or symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.
It is important to see a doctor who specializes in the upper airway anatomy and to undergo a sleep test to screen for this condition. Today home sleep testing offers a viable alternatiive for screening. Now there are treatments available that are simple, safe, effective and convenient often performed in the office with local.

In brief: It depends

Snoring may also be a sign or symptom of obstructive sleep apnea.
It is important to see a doctor who specializes in the upper airway anatomy and to undergo a sleep test to screen for this condition. Today home sleep testing offers a viable alternatiive for screening. Now there are treatments available that are simple, safe, effective and convenient often performed in the office with local.
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Dr. Matthew Mingrone
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

Although there are many home remedies for snoring, very few haave shown any clinical benefit.
A recent study perforrmed by air force concluded there was no clinical benefit to 300 of the most commonly marketed home remedies. Some mouth guards show some benefit but they are not made of the same durable material that the professionally fit appliances are so their effectiveness is limited.

In brief: Maybe

Although there are many home remedies for snoring, very few haave shown any clinical benefit.
A recent study perforrmed by air force concluded there was no clinical benefit to 300 of the most commonly marketed home remedies. Some mouth guards show some benefit but they are not made of the same durable material that the professionally fit appliances are so their effectiveness is limited.
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Dr. Sal Aragona
Dentistry

In brief: Yes, but...

There is a danger in solving snoring issues without addressing potentially serious underlying obstructive sleep apnea problems that can be life shortening and life threatening.
Don't put a bandaid to possibly mask such a serious problem. Have an overnight sleep test done to get a firm diagnosis of any underlying problem by a board certified sleep specialist.

In brief: Yes, but...

There is a danger in solving snoring issues without addressing potentially serious underlying obstructive sleep apnea problems that can be life shortening and life threatening.
Don't put a bandaid to possibly mask such a serious problem. Have an overnight sleep test done to get a firm diagnosis of any underlying problem by a board certified sleep specialist.
Dr. Sal Aragona
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