New Anti-Snoring Treatments

By | December 16, 2016

Snoring is a very common sleep problem that affects many people today and as a result, many people are looking for anti-snoring treatments to combat that problem.

The soft tissue in a person’s airway vibrate when they are asleep, and this results in the noise from snoring. The problems associated with snoring can be more far reaching as mentioned in the page on this website for signs and symptoms, as snoring is often associated with someone who has sleep apnea.

As is also mentioned on this website, the most common treatment for sleep apnea is known asĀ CPAP treatment. However, many people cannot use this form of treatment as wearing a CPAP mask can cause major discomfort and in some cases, CPAP treatment is not always effective.

I was reading an article recently about a dental practice based out of San Francisco called CitiDent. They have announced that they are offering a couple of new anti-snoring treatments to their patients.

Apparently, some of their patients are finding these two newer dental treatments more tolerable and often more effective than other options such as CPAP treatment. The first treatment is an orthodontic treatment called “palatal expansion”, and the second treatment is an oral appliance known as TAP. Both of these treatments focus on keeping the tongue from collapsing backward into the airway, which is where breathing can be obstructed during sleep. The palatal expansion treatment involves permanently increasing the amount of space in the mouth for the tongue. By contrast, TAP is similar to a custom retainer that is personalized to the individual and worn at night. TAP is comprised of two pieces and can be adjusted by the patient to keep the jaw in a forward position, thus preventing the tongue from blocking the airway. According to their latest research, the TAP device helps to eliminate snoring and also helps more than ninety-five percent of sleep apnea patients to breath easier.

For more information on CitiDent, please visit their website here.

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10 thoughts on “New Anti-Snoring Treatments

  1. Blame

    Snoring has been a major issue for me for a very long time. When I was little I had no such problem. However, as I grew up it became worse and worse. The doctor told me it is probably because of my weight gain problem. My snoring is so loud that even bomb can be detonated a mile away from the sounds waves alone. Alright I exaggerated a little, but my problem is real and hard. Citi dent sounds interesting. The idea is to free up the airway by holding on to our tongue. I can give it a try and see if it works. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. Shawn Post author

      Thank you for your comments! I didn’t have any snoring problems until my late 30’s or early 40’s, after my knee surgeries. At this point I became less active and I started to gain weight. My wife would say that my snoring would get quite loud. Thankfully I am able to wear a CPAP mask at night without any issue, but I agree with you in that if I ever do have a problem wearing a CPAP mask, I will definitely look further at the CitiDent options.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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  2. Karim

    I have had problems with snoring for a number of years and being a light sleeper I always wake myself up when I snore,, with a pattern of start to drift off-snore and awaken,start to drift off-snore and awaken and on through the night.

    I have tried various remedies with little success. I have recently started using a TAP device and after a little while getting used to having it in my mouth at night, I am sleeping through the night without being awoken by my snoring. So definitely works for me.

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    1. Shawn Post author

      Hello Karim,
      I appreciate your comments and thank you for sharing your experience with the TAP device. I’m sure that it will entice more people to consider that option over traditional CPAP treatment. I, too, have become a light sleeper over the years and as my sleep apnea got worse and the snoring increased, I would also wake myself up throughout the night. I’m fortunate in that I have had no issues wearing a CPAP mask at night, but if that changes I will also be considering one of the TAP devices.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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  3. Manivannan

    Hello Shawn,

    My father has been suffering from snoring issue for years and he was not OK using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. We tried nose clips to solve this issue but did not help that much. Thanks for your detailed post about the new methods TAP and palatal expansion. We will try one of these and let you know how it works.

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    1. Shawn Post author

      Thank you for your comments Manivannan. My father was using a CPAP machine until he had a stroke. Then he refused to use it because he felt claustrophobic with the CPAP mask on. I don’t believe he tried nose clips. I haven’t tried nose clips either but I don’t have any issues wearing a CPAP mask. I hope that these new methods prove beneficial for your father and that they help him stop snoring. Please let me know if he has success with either of the methods. I would definitely be interested in knowing the outcome.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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  4. Billy

    My roommate has had a problem with snoring since he was small. At night, I cannot sleep well because of his snore. I asked him to stop snoring. Then, he told me that he has tried many methods. But, those methods were not functional. Yesterday, I read this informative article. I forward this to my roommate via facebook. He read it and tried the method mentioned. Wow, finally, I have a good sleep last night. Thx for your articles. It definitely works!

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    1. Shawn Post author

      Hello Billy,
      I’m glad that you forwarded the article to your roommate and even happier that he found a solution to his snoring. I had tried a mouthpiece before but it didn’t work for me and according to my wife it didn’t stop the snoring and it also left me with a sore jaw when I woke up the next morning. Thankfully, I don’t have any issues wearing a CPAP mask and the CPAP treatment has stopped my snoring completely. I’m glad to see that these new treatments appear to work as it gives people another option instead of relying on the CPAP treatment, which isn’t for everyone. I’m glad to hear you’re getting a good night’s sleep as well.
      Thank you for your comments.
      Regards,
      Shawn

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  5. Rob S.

    My wife snores and I guess maybe I do too but she really snores. I never thought it could be sleep apnea and I’m not sure it is, but snoring can sure ruin a night’s sleep for someone. I’ve heard of CPAP before. There are ways to remedy snoring but sometimes they don’t work for everyone. I’m going to have to look further into CPAP if other options don’t help.

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    1. Shawn Post author

      Hi Rob,
      Has your wife ever woken herself up from her snoring? The reason I ask is because my wife said I snored a lot but I never believed her because I never heard myself snore. Then it started to happen where I would wake myself up because I could hear me snoring. You are certainly right about a good night’s sleep being ruined because of snoring. In fact, I ended up sleeping in our spare bedroom because my wife couldn’t get any sleep. After my sleep study, it was confirmed that I had severe sleep apnea and started on CPAP treatment. My wife said that my snoring stopped the very first night I started using a CPAP machine! She was so happy and now I’m allowed to sleep in the same room as her. Not only that, but I feel rested now every morning. My recommendation would be for your wife to contact her doctor and arrange to have a sleep study done. If she does have sleep apnea, then she can either try a CPAP machine or perhaps one of the other anti-snoring treatments. Either way, hopefully you’ll both start to get a good night’s sleep. Good luck to you and your wife!
      Regards,
      Shawn

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