Since sleep apnea and snoring are so closely related, when we discuss treatment, we are talking about snoring treatment. The key to effective treatment is to keep the upper airway unobstructed while you sleep. A blocked airway is what causes snoring—you’re trying to push air through an airway that has relaxed tissue blocking it.
People who snore may have a long, soft palate, which can narrow the airway and cause snoring. Also, drinking alcohol relaxes your throat muscles, increasing the risk of snoring, and that’s why part of your snoring treatment plan may require you to avoid alcohol in the evening before bedtime.
While CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) has long been considered the only effective treatment for snoring, more options are now available that are much more appealing (and affordable).
Oral Appliance Therapy is becoming hugely popular because of its efficacy, affordability, portability, and comfort. At Dr. Goodling and Dr. Rosen’s office, you will be custom-fitted with an oral appliance that will gently force your bite, jaw, and airway into their optimal positions for sleep.
Your airway will not be obstructed by tissue that has become too relaxed, and your snoring will decrease or stop altogether. You will get the sleep you need, and your partner will no longer hear that awful sound they have grown accustomed to over the years.