If you have a snoring problem, you more than likely will be referred to a sleep disorder specialist, dentist or an otolaryngologist. (ear, nose and throat specialist) Because it’s important for the specialist to have as much information as possible to find the best solution for your snoring problem, here are some tips to help you prepare for your appointment so you know what to expect.
First, before visiting your snoring specialist, write down any symptoms you are experiencing. If your sleeping partner notices anything, include those symptoms as well. You also need to write down any medications or supplements you are taking that may or may not be related to the snoring problem.
Secondly, it’s important to write down questions to ask your doctor about your snoring problem. Questions you may ask will include:
- What can make me snore when I sleep?
- Is it possible I could have sleep apnea?
- What type of treatment do you recommend?
- Will there be any side effects from treatment?
- Will I need to attend a sleep lab and if so, what will happen?
- Are there any home remedies I can do to help my snoring problem?
In addition to these questions, if there is anything you don’t understand during your appointment, don’t hesitate to inquire.
Your doctor will also ask a variety of questions for an effective diagnosis for your snoring problem. The doctor may ask such questions as:
- When did the snoring start?
- Do you snore occasionally or on a regular basis?
- Have you tried anything that has seemed to help your snoring problem?
- Do you wake up periodically during the night?
- Do you experience any symptoms in the morning such as headaches or fatigue?
- Does your partner notice if you gasp for breath or choke during the night?
Be as detailed as possible when giving your answers so that the doctor can correctly diagnose the issue and recommend a suitable treatment.
Depending on the source of the snoring problem, your specialist may recommend one or several anti snoring devices, send you to a sleep lab for further study or suggest using a CPAP machine for sleep apnea. For more severe snoring problems, your doctor may recommend some type of surgery or laser therapy such as laser-assisted uvulopalateoplasty or radio-frequency ablation.
Your snoring problem may be easily solved by trying a few things before visiting a specialist. Don’t drink alcohol or take sedatives before sleeping, try sleeping on your side, and if you are congested, try nasal strips or a decongestant. If none of these help, than your best recourse is to consult a sleep specialist to find the best remedy for your snoring problem.