Call your doctor if you or your bed partner:
- Snores loudly and heavily.
- Snores and feels sleepy during the day.
- Snores and falls asleep at inappropriate times, such as when talking or while eating.
- Stops breathing, gasps, or chokes during sleep.
Watchful waiting is a period of time during which you and your doctor observe your symptoms or condition without using medical treatment. Watchful waiting may be appropriate if your snoring doesn't disturb your bed partner or if you aren't overly sleepy during the day. If home treatment doesn't help your snoring, contact your doctor.
Watchful waiting may not be appropriate if you or your sleeping partner snores loudly and heavily, is restless during sleep, is sleepy during the day, or stops breathing when sleeping. These may point to sleep apnea. Contact your doctor.
Who to see
Health professionals who can treat snoring include:
- General practitioners or primary care physicians.
- Sleep disorder specialists.
- Nurse practitioners.
- Physician assistants.
If sleep apnea is suspected, a doctor who specializes in treating sleep disorders (often a neurologist or pulmonologist) can help set up tests to diagnose sleep apnea. If your doctor recommends an oral breathing device, you may be referred to a dentist.
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.