Sleep apnea is a condition that afflicts millions of Americans every night. Common symptoms often include snoring, breathing interruption and overall poor quality of sleep. This is often a result of the position of the mouth allowing the soft palate to sleep toward the back of the throat.
The most effective treatment method for your particular sleep apnea problem will vary depending on severity. So it’s a good idea to consult with your primary physician to have your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed. A severe case of sleep apnea might require you to use a positive airway device or CPAP when you sleep.
For people suffering with mild to moderate sleep apnea, symptom relief can often be found by using a snore guard at night. There are varying designs, but all work on the same principle of adjusting the position of the mouth to prevent the soft palate from slipping into an obstructive position.
A mandibular advancement snore guard attaches to the teeth in some way, to maintain the position of your mouth all night long.
When you take it out each morning, you will need to brush it with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste, such as denture polish. Be sure to brush thoroughly around any hinges or joints in the unit to remove all plaque buildup.
Once it is thoroughly clean, you should dry the snore guard with a clean paper towel and store it in a safe place.
If you have been struggling to find relief for your sleep apnea symptoms and you are interested in being fitted for a snore guard, please contact the offices of [practice_name] in [city], [state] at [phone] for a consultation.