Your doctor will recommend lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, avoiding alcohol close to bedtime, quitting smoking and/or changing your sleeping position. If lifestyle changes don't eliminate the snoring, your doctor may suggest:
Oral appliance. Oral appliances are dental mouthpieces that help advance the position of your tongue and soft palate to keep your air
passage open. If you choose to use an oral appliance, visit one of our dental sleep specialists in your area. Many who cannot tolerate the CPAP have benefitted from this treatment.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). This approach involves wearing a pressurized mask over your nose while you sleep. The mask is attached to a small pump that forces air through your airway, which keeps it open. Although CPAP is the preferred method of treating obstructive sleep apnea, and it's effective, some people find it uncomfortable. If you're having trouble adjusting to the machine, talk with your doctor before giving up.
Palatal implants. In this procedure, known as the Pillar Procedure, braided strands of polyester filament are injected into your soft palate,
which stiffens it and reduces snoring. There aren't any known serious side effects from this procedure.
Traditional surgery. In a procedure called uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), you're given general anesthesia and your surgeon tightens and
trims excess tissues.
Laser-assisted surgery. In an outpatient surgery for snoring called laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP), your doctor uses a small hand-held laser beam to shorten the soft palate and remove your uvula. Removing excess tissue enlarges your airway and reduces vibration.
Radiofrequency tissue ablation (somnoplasty). In this type of surgery, doctors use a low-intensity radiofrequency signal to remove part of the soft palate to reduce snoring. It's an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. This procedure is less painful than other types of snoring surgery.