Talking To Your Doctor About Snoring

talking-doctorOnce snoring has been identified as a problem, one option is to speak to a medical professional. Doctors are very busy and cannot always devote as much time to each patient as they would like.

Since that is the case it is important to know what to expect so that the conversation can be as productive as possible. This will also reduce the number of visits necessary to address this ailment and increase the likelihood of successfully finding an effective solution quickly.

Common Issues

There is never a shortage of complaints when it comes to patients seeking information from their healthcare provider. Several factors contribute to this and only some of them can be handled effectively.

For example, a lack of knowledge on the doctor’s part cannot be dealt with easily. Not all doctors are specialists, nor should they be. The best suggestion for this situation is to ask for a referral to a specialist if they may be more helpful than the current doctor.

When snoring is the problem it may be best to speak to someone like an ear, nose, and throat specialist as opposed to a general practitioner.

It has already been mentioned that the number one limiting factor when talking to a doctor is time. This is a well-known fact.

All too often patients visit their doctor with too many questions and leave with too few answers, all because of time constraints. The best solution to this particular problem is to prepare for the visit.

Be Prepared

What is the best way to prepare for this kind of visit? First of all, the more the doctor knows about the symptoms being experienced the more likely they are to know what the cause of the problem is.

It is the same concept as taking a vehicle to a mechanic. Simply dropping off a vehicle and telling the mechanic it is making a noise will not be very productive. The best way to go about this is to actually write down all of the symptoms being experienced. This way they cannot be forgotten or skipped over during the visit.

Recently an iPhone app has been created to help with this. It was made specifically for snoring. The app works mainly by recording any audible snoring during sleep.

Actual recordings of snoring can be very helpful to medical professionals. In addition to that, the app has its own questionnaire. The questionnaire can also help to narrow down possible causes.

Finally, it is important to bring a list of medications. It is not possible for doctors to mentally keep up with all of the prescriptions for all of their patients. Even if they could, it is not their job to know all of the possible side effects of each drug.

That job belongs to the pharmacist even though many do not personally interact with patients. Sometimes the solution may be as simple as changing or eliminating certain prescriptions.

By taking the steps described above, the results of visiting a medical professional will be as positive as possible. Doctors can only work with what the patients provide them. Give them as much as possible to work with by tracking symptoms, bringing a current list of prescriptions, and conveying all relevant information quickly.

Which Product Should I Choose?

questionEvery person has a unique mouth and needs, so one that is perfect for one person may not be the best option for another.

There are well over 100 products on the market, so making a decision can be quite daunting.

You will find a lot of helpful information in the comparison chart, and I have written reviews of several products.

If you would rather not spend a lot of time reading reviews, please consult my article titled “My Mouthpiece Recommendation”. I have compiled a list of three products that I believe are the best options, based on my experience.