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Snoring (cont.)

Other Treatment

Other treatment for snoring includes continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), oral breathing devices, and nasal strips.

Nutritional counseling can help people who snore and are overweight.

Other treatment choices

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the preferred treatment for sleep apnea. In rare cases, CPAP is considered for snoring. For information on CPAP, see the topic Sleep Apnea.

Oral breathing devices sometimes can treat snoring, especially if it is caused by jaw position during sleep.

Nasal strips to reduce snoring are available in most pharmacies. Nasal strips widen the nostrils and improve airflow.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved nasal disks for treating snoring and sleep apnea. The disks attach to the outside of your nose. One disk is attached over each nostril. A valve positioned over the nostril makes it harder to breathe out, which causes a little back-pressure in the airways. This back-pressure may help keep the airways open during sleep.

What to think about

Many products claim to cure snoring. Some of them may provide some help, but others may be of no value or may be harmful. Even if a product helps reduce your snoring, it is important to see a doctor, because snoring is the main symptom of sleep apnea, a potentially serious condition. For more information, see the topic Sleep Apnea.

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