Diagnosing & Treating Snoring Online

Snoring – noisy breathing during sleep – is a common problem among people of all ages and genders, affecting approximately 90 million American adults, including 37 million on a regular basis. Snoring may occur nightly or intermittently. While snoring is a problem for both genders, men experience snoring more frequently than women. Snoring usually becomes more serious with age and can cause disruptions to your own sleep and your bed-partner's. This leads to fragmented and unrefreshing sleep, which translates into daytime lethargy, but can also lead to more significant adverse health effects, such as heart disease. About one-half of people who snore loudly also have obstructive sleep apnea.

You and your online doctor can help determine the severity of your snoring and what type of treatment is needed, or if a referral to a specialist is required.

During a video consult on TelaCare, one of our board-certified doctors will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine the severity of your snoring. Your diagnosis will be based on the physical exam, duration, severity of symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for snoring is different depending on the severity and the cause. Following consistent treatment plan is imperative to eliminate or at least minimize the dangers associated with snoring such as interruptions of breathing (apnea), frequent waking, light sleeping, and strain on your heart. Following treatments can sometimes be difficult for younger patients and those with abnormal sleep schedules, so follow up visits, especially in the beginning of treatment, will be important.

Options for treatment of snoring range from the simple to the surgical and may include:

  • Changing Sleep Position: switching from sleeping on your back to sleeping on your side
  • Change Your Pillows: new pillows get rid of possible allergens and also change the angle of your neck, which can help open your airway
  • Stay Well Hydrated: hydration thins out the mucous at the back of your throat
  • Avoiding Alcohol: alcoholic beverages can reduce the resting tone of the muscles at the back of your throat
  • Practicing Good Sleep Hygiene: keeping a consistent bedtime routine and eliminating distractions at bedtime such as TV or work
  • Losing Weight: decreasing your weight will decrease the amount of throat tissue
  • Open Nasal Passages: through warm showers, mouth pieces or a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine

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See below for answers to some of our most common questions. You can also call us anytime 24 hours a day at 1-800-317-0280 to speak to a medical professional about your symptoms or conditions.

 Is my online doctor visit private and secure?

Yes, we feel it is of utmost importance to maintain patient privacy and keep information secure. TelaCare is designed to be a private, secure, HIPAA-compliant tool that allows you to safely and confidentially consult with a doctor online.

 Can I get a prescription online?

Yes, in general you can get a prescription online. There is support for this nationwide, however there are several exceptions. 

 Why would I see a doctor online?

Illness or injury can strike at any time. TelaCare helps you get back on your feet, no matter where you are or the time of day. You can see a doctor online for a range of issues, from minor illnesses and injuries, symptoms from a chronic condition, or to address general health concerns. Here are a few reasons people go online to see a doctor:

    • I feel like I should probably see a doctor, but can’t really fit it into my over-booked schedule.
    • It’s difficult for me to get a doctor’s appointment.
    • I’m not sure if I should go to the ER or not.
    • My doctor’s office is closed and I don’t want to go to an urgent care clinic or hospital
    • I just moved and don’t know any doctors in my area.
    • I just need a second opinion.
    • I’m between jobs and have no coverage.
    • I have a question about a loved-one’s health and would like some advice.

     Can my kids see a doctor on TelaCare?

    Children, under the age of 18, may be easily added to your TelaCare account. If your child is over the age of 18 then you can add them but they must complete their own profile and request consults on their own.

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