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Help with Snoring - I Need another solution

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AmiableMaroonMongoose1060 +0 points · over 6 years ago Original Poster


I know this is a sleep apnea forum, but hoping to get some feedback on snoring. Which I guess is a certain sign or sleep apnea.

I have been trying to find a solution to my snoring issue. I sleep on my back. I'm about 6 feet tall, and 190 lbs. I'm somewhat muscular, but I could probably stand to lose about 10 -15 lbs

I finally find that if i prop my head up with 2 pillows, so that it's elevated at an angle. And I couple that with one of those cheap mouthguards that push your lower jaw forward (I think its called Z quiet) This combination seems to squelch my snoring.

My issue with this is that the mouthpiece leaves my teeth sore in the morning, and my bite is off And with my head elevated at an angle, seems to give me a stiff neck.

So based on this, I'm wondering if anyone has any other solutions. I would even consider surgery. My only fear with surgery was that if I got it done, and it didn't fix my problem. But perhaps knowing what stops my snoring, gives some indication on what sort of surgery would work?

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BGailDemko140 +0 points · over 6 years ago

An oral appliance that is inadequately fitted can leave the teeth sore each morning. A mouthpiece fitted by a qualified dentist can be adjusted to prevent sore teeth. Those of us who do a great deal of oral appliance therapy try to have the back teeth do most of the work of supporting the appliance and minimize forces on the front teeth because those teeth have minimal root support. Propping your head up changes the way your throat might collapse as does a chin strap; this explains the success of mattress makers who advertise that snoring can be reduced by sleeping in a bed that can lift your head. Snoring occurs in a large part of the population and does not necessarily indicate sleep apnea. On the other hand, there are many people who have the only complaint of snoring and do not feel tired but, when tested, turn out to have severe sleep apnea. I would recommend you speak with your doctor and see if testing finds sleep apnea or only snoring.

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SleepDent +1 point · over 6 years ago Sleep Commentator

I would add that, if you feel that your bite is off, you should stop using the OTC appliance immediately before any further damage is done. If the problem is in the very early stages, your teeth and bite might return to normal over time. Lets hope so. If not, you will need to seek dental care for a correction. Arthur B. Luisi, Jr.,D.M.D.

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MAC +0 points · over 6 years ago

Hi, I have sleep apnea and I have been using a soft cervical collar instead of a chin strap when I sleep. It keeps my neck extended; my chin doesn't drop to my chest; and my mouth is not dry in the morning. It seems to cut down on muthbreathing. Maybe it could help with snoring also. I got a collar on amazon.

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