It’s estimated by the National Sleep Foundation that just over 18 million people struggle with sleep apnea to some degree. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include breathing interruptions and excessive snoring, which frequently lead to poor quality of sleep. Fortunately, there are several different treatment options available. Finding the right treatment for you will depend on the severity of your sleep apnea.
If you think you are a victim of sleep apnea, you will need to see your primary physician to have your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed. This often involves a sleep study to determine the severity of your sleep apnea. If you have severe issues, you might need to sleep with a CPAP machine. If you are diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, then your dentist, Dr. Chase Bennett, can prescribe you a snore guard.
Tongue-stabilizing snore guards are a type of appliance that is preferred for denture wearers because the unit doesn’t attach to the teeth. The snore guard helps hold the tongue and soft palate in position to mitigate snoring and improve air flow.
You should clean the snore guard each morning by brushing it with denture polish to remove bacteria and plaque. You can also brush your tongue to wash away bacteria and freshen your breath. Make sure to thoroughly dry the snore guard with a clean paper towel and store it in the case provided.
If you would like to explore your snore guard options in Arvada, Colorado, you can call Craniofacial Pain Center Of Colorado at 303.421.2696 to set up an appointment.