September 18, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea

Our last two blog posts introduced snoring and both kinds of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. OSA and CSA are identified by frequent, loud snoring throughout the night. In order to know which kind of sleep apnea you have, if you have it all, you need to undergo a sleep study.

After undergoing a sleep study, there may be several ways you can receive relief for your snoring. Below are a few treatment options to eliminate snoring:


CPAP Machine


CPAPs work by forcing air down your airway and keeping it open through the night. However, CPAP machines tend to be uncomfortable and make it difficult to sleep. Due to this, patients typically do not wear their CPAPs and continue to snore and suffer from sleep apnea. A CPAP machine includes a motor, a tube, and a mask.


A Bite Guard


A bite guard is the most common form of treatment that patients actually use. Unlike a CPAP machine, bite guards are not uncomfortable and cumbersome to use. A bite guard gives your jaw an area to rest throughout the night opening the airway. A bite guard is great for people who have slight to moderate OSA. For people with more serious cases, a CPAP machine is recommended but not necessary.


Change your habits/lifestyle


If you are overweight, you may snore frequently. With excess fat, your airway is constricted and causes vibrations in the trachea. If you lose weight, you should immediately notice a decline in your snoring. Additionally, eliminating smoking and the consumption of alcohol before bed can help to prevent snoring.


Sleep Apnea Rockville


Dr. Samuels strongly recommends undergoing a sleep study before seeking any treatment. Additionally, Dr. Samuels recommends consulting your PCP as well as your dentist.


Are you concerned about snoring?


If you are interested in learning more about treatment for OSA and snoring and live in the Rockville, MD area, feel free to schedule an appointment.


11140 Rockville Pike, Ste 510
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 881-4200