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Snoring - Symptoms

Snoring - How to prevent?

Snoring - Diagnosis

Snoring - Treatments

What Can Be Done to Treat Snoring?

Effective treatment is available for almost all patients. The treatment of snoring is divided into medical and surgical options. The therapeutic choice is individualised. A "staged" approach is often used, which involves medical therapy first, followed by consideration of surgery.

Medical treatment

As nasal obstruction increases the frequency of snoring and sleep-disordered breathing, oral medications prescribed or recommended by your physician are available to help you breathe through your nose during sleep.

Nasal CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) can supply pressurised air into the upper airway via a nasal mask, keeping the upper airway open. CPAP is not usually prescribed for snoring unless there is associated apnoea.

Dental appliances that hold the jaw in a forward protrusive position during sleep have also been used to treat snoring.

Surgical treatment

Surgical procedures for the treatment of snoring may include nasal, palate, jaw, tongue or neck surgery depending on the location of the tissues contributing to the snoring.

Certain nasal conditions can cause snoring and require assessment by a ear, nose and throat (ENT) surgeon. Some snorers have excessive tissue such as large tonsils, long palate and bulky tongue. Removal of such excessive tissues will help alleviate snoring. Radiofrequency thermal ablation of the soft palate and tongue (somnoplasty) is also used to treat snoring. It stiffens and shrinks the tissues of the soft palate and tongue base.

Some Useful Suggestions for Snorers

  • Try to lose weight if you are obese
  • Avoid taking sleeping pills – certain sleeping pills may cause the upper airway to relax, which leads to snoring
  • Avoid consuming alcohol after 6pm – alcohol causes relaxation of muscles and swelling of the tissues of the airway
  • Sleep on your side and avoid sleeping on your back – some people snore, or snore heavily only when sleeping on their back
  • Quit smoking – smoking causes swelling of the tissues of the airway, which results in snoring
  • Allow your bed partner to fall asleep before retiring to bed
  • Provide ear plugs for your bed partner


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