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Orthodontic appliance or surgery or ventilator? What is the most effective treatment for snoring?

by len king on Jul 05, 2023

Snoring not only affects the quality of sleep, but also may cause more serious harm to the human body. In China, the incidence of snoring is high, accounting for about 4%-10% of the population.

Especially when snoring has apnea, we should be alert to whether we are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea hypoventilation syndrome (OSA for short). The typical characteristic is that one moment snoring like thunder, and then suddenly no sound, as if holding a breath. This can lead to a lack of oxygen supply and a series of health problems.

At present, there are many ways to treat OSA, and various products are emerging, but there are three main methods that are really effective and can stop snoring quickly: oral appliances, surgical treatment and ventilator treatment.

So which of these three methods is more effective? Are other treatment methods reliable? Is it an IQ tax? Don't worry, let's analyze them one by one.

Drug treatment
At present, there is no drug officially approved for the treatment of snoring relief. The more promising direction of drug development is to stop the collapse of the upper airway during sleep and stabilize the airway from narrowing.

Oral appliance treatment
Oral appliances are used to mechanically hold the nasal cavity open, push the lower jaw forward, pull the tongue and close the mouth with external force to make the airway as stable and open as possible.
Of the many appliances available, the oral orthodontic appliance that allows the lower jaw to extend forward is the most recommended. It is much like braces and works for some people.
However, it is not comfortable to use, especially in the early stages, and it is easy to be bothered by drooling, dry mouth, jaw joint pain, and occasionally loose teeth.

Surgical treatment
Surgery is a second-line treatment option. The advantage of surgery is that it is more able to solve the snoring problem quickly, and basically there is improvement immediately after the surgery. At the same time, surgical treatment must be combined with daily health care such as weight loss, scientific rest and avoiding late nights to be effective in the long run, otherwise there is a possibility of recurrence.

In addition, surgical treatment has limitations, as it can only be performed to remove localized narrowing of the respiratory tract, but in most people the narrowing is not localized, making surgery difficult to use. There is also a recent popularity of complex uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, which attempts to surgically intervene in other people's snoring. However, from the current use, the effect is maintained for a short period of time.

Also, the surgery itself can be traumatic, such as removing the tonsils, and there is a possibility of postoperative bleeding, which can be life-threatening if too much blood is lost. Therefore, the requirements for medical skills and technology are relatively high, and the post-rehabilitation is also a very complicated project.

Ventilator treatment
Fast treatment effect
Non-invasive ventilator treatment of snoring and sleep apnea treatment is the fastest, the same day the use of the same day effect.
Good treatment effect
When the upper airway is blocked, the ventilator can automatically sense that the airway is blocked, and then the ventilator will take the initiative to increase the pressure to hold up the collapsed tissues through the air pressure, and when the airway is clear, snoring and apnea will not occur naturally.

Don't worry about breathing dependence

In the case of OSA patients, their apnea is only due to the blockage of the upper airway. The ventilator relies on an airflow to provide a pressure to hold up the upper airway so that it does not collapse or block.

Kongsang can provide non-invasive ventilation for patients with obstructive sleep apnea or respiratory insufficiency, and can be used in both hospital and home environments.

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