It’s estimated by the National Sleep Foundation that nearly 40 million Americans struggle with the snoring and breathing interruption associated with sleep apnea. Poor quality of sleep can certainly have an impact on your overall quality of life. At the same time, the breathing interruption can slowly start to tax your heart and circulatory system.
Having the severity of your sleep apnea professionally diagnosed is critical for finding the most effective method of symptom remediation. This could require your primary physician to refer you for a sleep study. If you suffer from severe sleep apnea symptoms, you will likely need to sleep with a device like a CPAP machine.
If you are classified with only having mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, you might find symptom relief from a prescription night guard from Dr. Sheldon Sullivan.
This could come in the form of a mandibular advancement device. There are several different styles and designs. Most are hinged and attach to your teeth in some manner. Each unit is designed to hold your mouth and soft palate in the ideal positions to allow easy passage of air, thus reducing snoring problems.
The mandibular advancement device will require some basic care. This starts by thoroughly rinsing it each morning to remove residual plaque. You should then use a toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to gently clean any contours. Be sure to thoroughly brush the hinges where plaque could potentially become trapped. If it needs further refreshing, you can briefly soak the mandibular advancement device in a mixture of equal parts water and antiseptic mouthwash.
Once it has been thoroughly cleaned, you should dry the night guard with a paper towel and store it safely in the case provided.
If you live in the Gilbert, Arizona, area and you have been struggling with sleep apnea, you should call 866-54-SLEEP to explore your sleep guard options at our office.