Are you tired of hearing your partner snore as you bury your head in the pillow at night? Well, you are not alone. Almost 50% of Americans suffer from the problem of snoring which hypothetically means the entire country is affected by it directly or indirectly. That’s because snoring does not only affect the person suffering from it but the people around too. Probably this is the reason people are ready to take drastic steps like undergoing the knife too, to curb the problem. But before we contemplate on which is the better of the two snoring treatments, let us first understand the reasons for snoring.
Causes of Snoring
Snoring is a condition when the air movement is restricted or obstructed by an elongated uvula, excess muscles in the throat. This could be due to many reasons such as:
- Excess fat in the body leading to extra tissue buildup in the throat.
- Relaxing of throat muscles due to sleep deprivation, tiredness, consumption of alcohol, etc.
- Uvula getting elongated and passage shrinking due to aging-related problems.
- Sinus and Congestion problems leading to obstruction in the passageway.
Treatment of Snoring
Now let us discuss the two treatments in question:
Surgery is usually performed when the snoring problem is severe and leads to severe sleep apnea and when other treatments have completely failed. There are many types of surgeries available to treat snoring, and a doctor may be the best expert to advise on the type of surgery. However, the purpose of surgery is to do one or a combination of the following;
- Trimming the elongated uvula tissue
- Removing the excess tissue build up
- Repositioning of the muscles to clear the air passage
- Removal of Tonsils, etc.
- While surgery may solve the problem completely, there are quite a few risks involved in undertaking this form of treatment.
Anti Snoring Sprays
These are far less risky than the complicated surgical treatments. The anti-snoring sprays consist of compounds that lubricate the mucous membrane and tighten the tissues and muscles leading to unobstructed movement of air. These are taken orally, and the dosage may depend on the condition of the problem, and should be taken as per physician’s advice.
Which is Better?
Well, if there is a choice between the two, there is no doubt Anti-snoring sprays are much better as they are less risky than the complicated surgeries. Since these are taken orally, they do not require to be administered by a professional. Like eye or ear drops, these are taken from the mouth, and they can function perfectly to give you a snore-free night. However, if all the snoring treatments have failed and the problem has developed into a more severe sleep apnea, then it might be time to undergo the surgery.