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Snore No More: New Ways to Treat a Noisy Problem

Rumble, rasp, rumble, rasp, wheeze … nudge, “Roll over!”

Snoring is a symptom, not a disease. So how can you ­– or your long-suffering partner – work out what’s behind your snoring? 

“Weight gain is one of the top reasons. Problems with your nose, mouth and/or throat run a top second,” said Aaron Robinson, MD, an ear, nose and throat specialist with CHI Health. The first step to a soundless night, and a happy partner, is getting evaluated by a doctor. 

If you’ve tried all the obvious remedies like nasal sprays, rinses, sleeping on your side and not drinking alcohol, there are several new procedures to explore, according to Robinson. 

“These aren’t your dad’s snoring solutions,” he said. “We have several cutting-edge, nonsurgical treatments that can be done right in your ENT’s office with very little pain or side effects.”

Nasal Implant. Sometimes weak or collapsed nose cartilage can block normal airflow. “Placing an absorbable nasal implant inside the wall of the nose to support or brace up the cartilage can diminish the blockage. It’s like an adhesive night-time nasal strip, only on the inside of your nose, where it can’t fall off,” said Robinson.

Cryotherapy. When exposed to allergies, pollutants and/or infections, the Vidian nerve can cause nasal tissue inflammation. “Cryotherapy – cold gas not unlike compressed air – sprayed into the nose freezes the nerve, interrupting the message, shrinking nasal passages and reducing mucus,” he said. 

Oral Appliance. Some people have extra-large tonsils, uvula and/or tongue, that when relaxed, flops to the back of the throat. “We work with dentists to make an oral appliance, a sophisticated mouth guard that moves the jaw slightly forward, creating uninterrupted air flow,” Robinson said.

His advice if your child is snoring: “Have their tonsils and adenoids evaluated. Sleep apnea is the number one reason for tonsil removal in children.”

Robinson also adds, “Loud snoring, waking up choking or gasping and pauses in breathing need to be evaluated with a sleep study to rule out sleep apnea. And while a CPAP machine can help snoring, it’s used to treat sleep apnea, not snoring.”

Aaron Robinson, MD

Otolaryngology (Ear Nose and Throat)