Snoring treatment, diagnosis & prescriptions
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Can I talk to a doctor on Maple about my snoring?
Yes, you can. Before providing a snoring diagnosis, the healthcare practitioner will want to discuss your symptoms or signs of snoring, as well as your medical history. The healthcare provider will also want to perform a physical exam.
Depending on the severity of your snoring symptoms, the healthcare practitioner may suggest a sleep study, either at home or overnight at a sleep center. This will help test for some types of sleep disorders.
Less frequently, your healthcare provider may suggest additional testing be performed in order to rule out potential underlying causes of your snoring.
Once the healthcare practitioner can provide a clear diagnosis for your snoring, they’ll be able to suggest appropriate snoring treatments for you.
Can I get a prescription on Maple?
Yes, our physicians can prescribe medications to treat snoring online during your consultation. Once you accept a prescription for your snoring, you’ll have the option to pick it up from any pharmacy or to have it delivered right to your door at no additional cost.
You can visit our How it Works page to learn more.
What is snoring?
Snoring is a harsh or hoarse sound that occurs when tissues in your throat rattle or vibrate as you breathe while sleeping. Snoring can be light and infrequent, or loud and persistent.
Snoring is extremely common, affecting over half of men and 40% of women. More than 25% of children are known to snore, as well.
While most people will snore occasionally, for some people it can become a chronic problem. Snoring can also be a sign of an underlying sleep disorder that may need to be addressed.
What are the symptoms of snoring?
Snoring itself is both a condition, as well as a symptom of other conditions. Snoring on its own presents as a rattling, hoarse, raspy sound that occurs while sleeping.
Signs of snoring can be infrequent, mild, and totally natural for some people. For others, snoring symptoms can be loud, disruptive, or even dangerous. In severe cases, snoring can sound like choking, gagging, or even gasping for air. In these cases, snoring can disrupt sleep cycles, causing frequent waking throughout the night and feelings of perpetual exhaustion..
Although many snorers don’t have the condition, snoring is often associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Even if you sleep alone, you can recognize the presence of OSA through some of the associated symptoms you could experience, such as:
- Sore throat when waking in the morning
- Daytime sleepiness
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Morning headaches
- Difficulty focusing
- Chest pain in the evenings
- Snoring so loudly or persistently, it disrupts the sleep of others
- Witnessed pauses in breathing while asleep
- Waking up choking or gasping for air
- Restless sleep
In children, this can be recognized through signs of snoring or OSA, such as poor school performance, behavioural issues, or lack of attention span.
What causes snoring?
There are a number of conditions that can cause snoring symptoms, including:
- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)
- Nasal congestion (both chronic or acute)
- Anatomy of your mouth, nose, throat, and sinuses (i.e. deviated septum)
- Sleep deprivation
- Blocked nasal airways (i.e., due to allergies, infection, etc.)
- Bulky throat tissue (children with enlarged tonsils or adenoids, overweight, cysts, and less commonly, tumors)
- Long soft palate or uvula
- Poor muscle tone in your throat and tongue (caused from medications, alcohol, or even during deep sleep)
In addition to these snoring causes, there are a number of factors that can increase your risks of snoring, such as:
- Being male
- Alcohol consumption
- Sleeping position
- Sedative medications (sleep aids)
- Having nasal problems
- A family history of snoring or OSA
- Having narrow airways
How is snoring diagnosed?
The healthcare practitioner from Maple will want to discuss the symptoms and signs of snoring that you’re experiencing. They’ll also want to discuss your personal and family medical histories, and perform a physical examination.
In some cases, your healthcare provider may want to have a sleep study performed, in order to provide a clear snoring diagnosis. This may be able to be done from your home, but in many cases, this involves staying overnight at a sleep center for evaluation.
Less frequently, if the healthcare practitioner believes that your snoring could be caused by an underlying condition, they may suggest imaging tests to rule out other conditions.
Once your healthcare provider is able to provide a clear snoring diagnosis, they can suggest appropriate snoring treatments. Typically, this does not involve any prescription snoring medications.
How is snoring treated?
Snoring can be a challenging condition to treat. In many cases, your healthcare practitioner will suggest lifestyle changes to reduce your risks of snoring. This could involve:
- Avoiding sleep deprivation and establish a regular sleep pattern
- Avoiding sleeping on your back
- Treating underlying conditions (i.e., nasal congestion)
- Avoiding alcohol, sleeping pills, and antihistamines close to bedtime
- Losing weight and adopt an active lifestyle to build muscle tone
When these natural snoring treatments aren’t effective and your snoring is accompanied by OSA, the healthcare practitioner may suggest alternative snoring treatments. Some of these treatments could include:
- Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines
- Oral appliances (dental mouthpieces worn during sleep)
- Upper airway surgery
There are no prescription snoring medications at this time that can directly reduce snoring symptoms. Any medications given would be used to treat underlying conditions that are causing you to snore, rather than the snoring itself.
When to see a doctor for snoring?
If you believe that signs of snoring are beginning to negatively affect the sleep of you or your partner, you should talk to a healthcare practitioner or sleep therapist from Maple.
A healthcare provider from Maple can help provide a clear diagnosis for your snoring, and suggest snoring treatments that will allow you to manage your snoring.
Snoring may be common, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated. Arrange a call with a healthcare practitioner from Maple today, and get the help you need to improve your health, so you can start sleeping better.
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