Consider snoring solutions if you’re one of the more than 25% of adults who snores regularly. At Pennsylvania Dental Sleep Medicine in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, snoring and sleep apnea dentist, Becky Fox, DMD, FAGD, D-ABDSM, offers noninvasive snoring solutions which can facilitate improvements with your sleep.
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Snoring solutions may be surgical and nonsurgical treatments designed to reduce snoring and improve your quality of sleep and overall health and wellness.
If your significant other regularly complains about your snoring habit or you wake up most days with a dry mouth, make an appointment at Pennsylvania Dental Sleep Medicine today.
Your snoring may be "more than just a snore" and a sign of sleep apnea. High-risk factors related to OSA and snoring are:
You might benefit from snoring solutions but may also have an underlying medical issue that increases your risk of nasal congestion, like allergies or chronic sinus infections, and obstructive sleep apnea.
At Pennsylvania Dental Sleep Medicine, a snoring evaluation visit begins with a review of your medical records, an oral exam, and possibly radiographic images. Also, we will recommend an evaluation by a physician to rule in or rule out a more significant underlying health condition such as obstructive sleep apnea. You do not know if it's "more than just a snore" without further investigation.
We will discuss your symptoms, including how often you snore, if you take any prescription medication, and how often you wake up at night. If you have completed a sleep study, those results will be reviewed, as well. Pennsylvania Dental Sleep Medicine doesn’t perform or diagnose sleep studies, but they can recommend you to a nearby physician and facility that does. Your PCP or sleep medicine doctor will order your study.
An overnight sleep study monitors your brain waves, breathing activity, heart rate, and eye movements during sleep, or an at-home study may be indicated. Your provider reviews the data the next morning to help determine the best treatment.
Pennsylvania Dental Sleep Medicine may recommend different types of nonsurgical snoring solutions, including:
- Lifestyle Changes
Sometimes, lifestyle changes, like not drinking alcohol before bed or sleeping on your side, are enough to prevent snoring. Your provider might also recommend eating a nutritious diet and maintaining a healthy weight.
- Nasal Strips or dilators
- Oral Appliance Therapy
- Myofunctional Therapy
Myofunctional therapy is exercise for your tongue and loose tissue in the back of your throat. These easy exercises are not complicated, do not cost anything, and are easy to do throughout your day. Myofunctional therapy exercises can improve muscle tone to play an additional role in your combination therapy for OSA and reduce snoring.
- Positional Therapy
Positional Therapy may be helpful if your snoring is significantly worse while laying on your back vs your side while sleeping. There are many positional therapy aid devices available to patients. They coach you to sleep on your side and physically prevent you from rolling onto your back throughout the night. Your provider may recommend this additional therapy for combination therapy with other treatments.
You may be a candidate for various surgeries performed by an ENT that can reduce your snoring, by manipulating and alternating the soft tissue in the back of your throat. These may be performed with combination therapy and other treatments.
To learn more about snoring solutions, call Pennsylvania Dental Sleep Medicine or use our booking tool to request an appointment online today.