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Snoring Treatment Information
IU Health Sleep Disorders physicians offer many services to diagnose and treat conditions related to snoring.
- Diagnosis of sleep disorders. If your snoring is caused by another sleep disorder, our physicians will provide an expert diagnosis. Sleep apnea is often connected to snoring and can be diagnosed with overnight sleep studies, called polysomnograms. During these tests, your breathing and brain activity is monitored by an electroencephalogram (EEG) and video. These tests can take place in a sleep laboratory or at home and occur during your normal sleeping hours.
- Sleep study. You may be asked to complete a sleep study to uncover the cause behind your snoring. During an overnight sleep study, also called a polysomnogram, we measure your brain activity, eye and muscle movements and breathing while you sleep either at home or at a sleep clinic. To take these measurements, we attached small electrodes to your skin using an adhesive. The electrodes do not cause any pain, though they may feel minor discomfort. The electrodes are attached to an electroencephalogram (EEG) that measures brain activity. The EEG allows us to monitor your sleeping patterns to check for any changes that may cause snoring.
- Referral to specialists. If your snoring is caused by an obstruction in your airways, you may be referred to an Ear, Nose & Throat specialist. IU Health Ear, Nose & Throat physicians specialize in performing surgery for conditions that affect your airways, sinuses and ears. They will discuss treatment surgical treatment options with you, including the risks and benefits of surgery.
- Oral appliances. Dentists can use molds of your mouth to create personalized tray appliances to wear while you sleep. These appliances keep your mouth and jaw in certain places so that your breathing is not obstructed and snoring stops.
- Nose sprays. Some decongestant nose sprays keep nasal passages relaxed and open during sleep. Decongestants reduce inflammation in the blood vessels in your nose so they do not become obstructed. Always speak with your physician before using a nose spray as they can cause side effects and even dependence.
- Positive airway pressure (PAP) machine. PAP machines ensure you continue breathing throughout the night by applying constant air pressure to your airways. To use a PAP machine, you wear a mask over your nose and mouth that is connected by a tube to a machine that pumps air. Because you have to wear a PAP machine when you sleep, it is important that the mask and machine fits your needs. Our Home Care services assist you in finding a mask that fits correctly.
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Snoring Support Services
Snoring can disrupt your sleep causing daytime sleepiness and insomnia. Find out more about your options to stop snoring at the websites below.
A Sampling of Snoring Support Services
IU Health Ear, Nose & Throat
Learn more about the services our specialists offer to assist you with problems in your airways such as snoring.
American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
Learn about snoring, sleep apnea and treatments to help you stop snoring at this website.