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It’s estimated by the National Sleep Foundation that over 18 million Americans experience poor quality sleep resulting from sleep apnea. Breathing interruptions and chronic snoring problems are the two most common symptoms resulting from airway obstruction from the soft palate. Medical and oral healthcare treatment options have continued to evolve.

Before embracing a particular treatment option, you should have your primary physician diagnose your sleep apnea. This will go a long way towards finding the most effective treatment method. People with severe sleep apnea might only be able to find relief by using a CPAP or positive airway pressure device when they go to bed. If you only suffer from minor to moderate sleep apnea, a Craniofacial Pain Center Of Colorado orthodontist can help fit you for a prescription snore guard.

Mandibular advancement snore guards come in several styles and designs. Many of the popular snore guards attach to the teeth and hinge together. These snore guards are designed to hold your mouth in a position that prevents the soft palette from slipping toward the back of the throat.

You should clean and refresh the snore guard each morning by rinsing it under water and brushing it with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Be sure to thoroughly brush the hinges. If it needs further refreshing, you can soak it briefly in a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash.

You should then dry the snore guard with a clean paper towel and store it in the case provided.

If you are interested in exploring your sleep apnea treatment options, you should call Craniofacial Pain Center Of Colorado’s clinic in Arvada, Colorado at 303.421.2696 to see if you’re a good candidate for a snore guard.