Snoring Specialist

Robert Baxter Meek, III, MD -  - Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor

Anne Arundel ENT

Robert Baxter Meek, III, MD

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor & Otolaryngologist located in Annapolis, MD

Chronic snoring affects up to 20% of the adult population in the US, and can indicate an underlying medical issue, such as obstructive sleep apnea. At Anne Arundel ENT, located in Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Robert Baxter Meek, III, has extensive experience in diagnosing the cause of snoring and providing effective treatment.

Snoring Q & A

What are the most common causes of snoring?

Snoring is the result of a narrowing of the upper airway during sleep, which can be attributed to:

  • Large tonsils.
  • A soft palate, a long uvula or excessive loose issue at the throat.
  • Nasal problems, such as chronic congestion caused by a deviated septum.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea, a serious condition in which throat tissue partially or fully blocks your airway during sleep, obstructing breathing repeatedly throughout the night.

How does Dr. Meek diagnose the cause of snoring?

Dr. Meek begins with an examination of the upper airway to determine both the site of airway collapse and ensure that there are no other medical problems responsible for a patient’s snoring. Possible sites of obstructions are: the nose, tonsils, soft palate and uvula, tongue and voice box. He may also recommend a home or in-lab sleep study.

How does Dr. Meek treat snoring?

Treatment depends on the underlying cause, but may entail:

  • Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, a surgical procedure to tighten flabby tissues in the throat and palate, and expand air passages.
  • Correction of a deviated septum or other nasal obstruction.
  • An oral appliance worn while sleeping.
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which is a pressurized mask worn over the nose during sleep for patients whose snoring is due to obstructive sleep apnea.

Are there self-care methods Dr. Meek can suggest to alleviate snoring?

If sleep apnea or other significant medical problem are not the cause of snoring, you may likely be able to remedy the behavior by:

  • Losing weight, if necessary
  • Stopping smoking
  • Sleeping on your side
  • Reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption
  • Using over-the-counter nasal strips

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Anne Arundel ENT, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

AARP
Aetna
Blue Choice Health Plan
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Cigna
Medicare
Tricare
United Healthcare