Your doctor will ask questions and review your symptoms to make an initial diagnosis. It is a good idea to take your partner along for the doctor’s visit as your partner may be able to tell the doctors some additional information about your symptoms noted while you may have been sleeping. Further physical examination of your nose and visible parts of the airways may also be conducted to identify any visible obstructions. You can ask your spouse to make a small video clip of the snoring pattern at night in your mobile phone to show the doctor how is the breathing during sleep.
In some cases, your doctor may request X-rays, or imaging tests, such as the CT (Computerized Tomography) scan or the MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to identify any anatomical differences which need to be rectified.
If your symptoms are very severe, your doctor may request a sleep study to observe your sleep pattern and physiological changes in your body while sleeping, such as breathing rate, heart rate, brain waves, blood oxygen level and eye and leg movements at the various sleep stages. Make sure you discuss the procedure of the sleep study in detail with your doctor, including how long it will take, where and how it will be conducted and any other concerns or queries you may have.