Sleep apnea is a relatively common sleep disorder that can have very serious complications. Beyond poor-quality sleep and snoring, the breathing interruption issues can also stress the heart. If you’ve been dealing with sleep apnea problems, you should seek professional diagnosis. For a severe case of sleep apnea, you might need to sleep with a positive air pressure device like a CPAP machine.
If you suffer with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, you might find significant symptom relief from a snore guard prescribed by Dr. Sheldon Sullivan.
There are a few different designs that he might recommend, depending on the specifics of your mouth and your personal preference.
Tongue-stabilizing devices are ideal for denture wearers with sleep apnea. They don’t attach to the teeth but they help hold your tongue and soft palate in position for the free passage of air.
Mandibular advance devices come in several different forms. Most of these units attach to the teeth in some way and hinge together. These snore guards are designed to hold your mouth and soft palate in the ideal position to allow easy passage of air, thus reducing snoring problems.
Boil-and-bite snore guards are made from a special thermoplastic material that softens when heated in water. This allows for a comfortably custom fit. You soak the snore guard in simmering water for a few minutes. Once it’s soft and pliable, you take it out of the water and allow a moment for it to cool before biting down on it firmly. The thermoplastic material will conform to the unique shape of your mouth and dentition.
If you live in the Gilbert, Arizona, area and you need help dealing with your sleep apnea condition, you should call 866-54-SLEEP to explore your treatment options at Progressive Sleep & Wellness.