Should I be tested for sleep apnea if I snore?

Definitely. Sleep apnea has now been determined to be an independent risk factor for developing hypertension and cardiac disease. If your partner notices that you are snoring and having episodes of difficulty bretahing(apnea), then youe should be studied for sleep apnea.
100% YES. You don't know the severity of your condition without a study of some sort. Perhaps not a polysomnogram, but a home sleep test/screen can help. Treatment of osa and snoring is often identical. Oral appliance therapy is often best, and if snoring is the only issue, there is simply no titration done (but the appliance is the same).
It depends. Snoring alone is not a good reason to be tested. However with excessive daytime fatigue may be good reason to evaluate for sleep apnea.
Not necessarily. Lots of people snore. If your snoring disrupts your sleep or that of your bed partner, and your are looking for ways to resolve, if would be beneficial to get a sleep study to make sure you do not also have obstructive sleep apnea (osa). The treatment for sleep apnea differs from that of primary snoring. Untreated osa has potentially deadly side effects.

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Is snoring always related to sleep apnea?

Good Question! No, not always. However, those who snore loudly should be screened for sleep apnea with a detailed history and possibly a sleep study. Those who snore without sleep apnea do report that their sleep is better after treatment because their bed partner no longer has to kick, punch, pinch, etc while they are sleeping and everyone is happier after treatment :). Read more...
Almost always. Obstructive sleep apnea means that you stop breathing due to the airway being blocked. It is the blockage and turbulent airflow that leads to significant snoring. Some patients have central sleep apnea which is not due to obstruction and these patients may not snore. Read more...
No. You can have primary snoring, without sleep apnea. But, if you are a robust snorer, it is much more likely that you do have sleep apnea, and just don't know it. Make an appt with your md to consider a sleep study to confirm this. Read more...
Obstructed airway. A person can have different degrees of an obstructive airway, with different reactions to this issue. One can snore and that is it. Sleep apnea results in episodes of stoppage of breathing, from mild to severe. A sleep study is the best indicator of whether it is related in your case. Read more...

I don't snore. Could I still have sleep apnea?

Yes. There are other causes of sleep apnea. Consult with your doctor about ordering a sleep study. Read more...
Yes. Other possible indicators of sleep apnea are daytime sleepiness, someone observing you stop breathing, fatigue, irritability, morning headaches, lack of concentration, memory problems, tooth grinding, TMJ soreness, high blood pressure, and auto accidents to name a few. If you are experiencing some of these indicators talk to your doctor about a sleep study. Treatment may include an oral appliance. Read more...
Sleep. Yes not snoring doesnt mean you can't have it. If you have symptoms of sleepiness excessively during daytime and other symptoms and risk factors please get a sleep study. Read more...
Possibly. There are many types of sleep apnea and varying severity- from mild to severe. A sleep study is in order to make this determination. Read more...

I have a loud snoring every night, I failed sleep apnea test! What is the medicine?

CPAP. You are describing a diagnosis of sleep apnea. Snoring is a sign that your airways are collapsing when you go to sleep, so you cannot get air to your lungs even when you try. The best fix is to apply pressure thru a mask, to keep the airways open so you can breathe. This is called cpap. Weight loss, oral appliances, and surgery are adjunctive options. Read more...
No medicine. There is no medicine that's going to help this problem. You need to talk with your doctor about treating the sleep apnea. The best treatment option to start with is cpap. Read more...

How effective is the snorerx brand stop-snoring mouthpiece for (obstructive) sleep apnea?

Could help. We use the tap appliance in our practice. Not all appliances work on all patients. Work with a sleep center md as well as a dentist with sleep appliance experience for best results. Read more...
SNORING VS APNEA. Snorerx is approved for snoring and not for obstructive sleep apnea. See your md to get the right appliance for you. Read more...
Depends on severity. I would definitely have a sleep study and a consultation concerning your wearing of any type of dental sleep mouthpiece. Read more...
Magnitude. Depends on degree of OSA. Cheap. You can try it to determine effectiveness. If you feel significantly better, use it. Read more...
Anti snoring. appliances work by advancing the lower jaw to open the airway. You need to work with a sleep apnea/snoring dentist to insure that this is done properly. (S)he will give you a monitor to assess the quality of your sleep. Long term advancement of the lower jaw without supervision can result in permanent adverse movements of your lower teeth which can cause appearance and function problems. Read more...

How can a person know if they have sleep apnea if they live alone and don't know if they snore?

A sleep study. There are other clues. Not feeling refreshed on waking up in the morning and daytime sleepiness/fatigue despite adequate number of hours of sleep. Early morning headache, waking up at night with a sensation of gasping/choking. Waking up during the night for no apparent reason and insomnia could be due to sleep apnea. Being overweight also is a risk factor. A sleep study may be needed to confirm. Read more...
Sleep apnea. Are you overweight, are you tired, do you fall asleep in front of tv or in the car. You need to see a sleep specialist. Read more...

How do I know if I have sleep apnea? I sleep really smoothly at night now (as far as I know!) no snoring. My only complaint is being easily startled.

Sleep study. The only way to know for sure is with a sleep study. Besides the conditions you list, other signs of sleep apnea are: morning headaches, poor memory, irritability & personality changes, gerd, bruxism, and night sweats to name but a few. Being overweight is a big risk factor and snoring is a frequent sign. Read more...
Testing. How do you know whether or not you sleep "smoothly" during the night? Has anyone slept with you and commented. The best answer is to take an overnight sleep study and have the md tell you the correct answer. Read more...

What to do if I'm snoring from the age of 16 loud and frequent. I don't think I have sleep apnea. Since I don't choke at night. But my airways are blockedbrain damage?

Snoring. Hello. Snoring is only one symptom of obstructive sleep apnea. Daytime fatigue, witnessed apnea, obesity, hypertension, history of heart disease, MVA are all symptoms that could point to sleep apnea. There is a questionnaire called the epworth sleep score that your doctor can ask you to complete that will help determine if you should have a sleep study. Home studies are easy and accurate. Read more...