Visiting an ear nose and throat doctor who treats snoring and sleep apnea would help answer your questions. Most of the noise of snoring occurs back in your throat, not in your nose. The tissue around your tonsils, if still there, soft palate
, uvula, and back of tongue vibrate as you breathe while asleep and make the noise we call snoring. Your nose may contribute to this also. The deviated septum can decrease how much air you take in while you sleep and while awake, and a stuffy nose can wake people up in the night. So the next big question is "do you have trouble breathing out of your nose?" not all deviated septums are significant. Usually the first thing we try for stuffy nose is a steroid nasal spray
, like generic flonase
. You need a good evaluation of your nose, looking for polyps, swelling of nasa tissue called turbinates, and signs of chronic sinus infection. Treating your stuffy nose might help snoring, and may help you sleep better. Treating your stuffy nose , either medically or surgically with a septoplasty
and turbinate surgery
, will not fix sleep apnea. It may allow you to wear a CPAP mask more comfortably, which is the most common, and usually best treatment for sleep apnea. It usually takes a sleep study
to determine if you have sleep apnea. If you do not, there are procedures that can be done on the palate or tongue that may help your snoring. There are also dental appliances that can help some snoring and some mild sleep apnea. If you can't tolerate cpap, sometimes surgery of your throat and or tongue is advised. Again, go visit your ENT doctor.