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What Increases Your Risk
Factors that may increase your risk of snoring include:
When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor if you or your bed partner:
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 does not disturb your bed partner or if you are not overly sleepy during the day. If home treatment does not 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:
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.
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