Sleep apnea is somewhat common in the American population. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that roughly 40 million Americans struggle with snoring and breathing interruption caused by untreated sleep apnea. While this might cause poor quality of sleep for you and your partner, the breathing interruption can slowly start to tax your heart and circulatory health.
It’s important to have the severity of your sleep apnea professionally diagnosed. This might involve your primary physician recommending a sleep study. If you suffer from severe sleep apnea symptoms, you will likely need to sleep with a device like a CPAP machine.
However, if your sleep apnea is only classified as mild to moderate, you might find symptom relief from a prescription sleep guard from Dr. Sheldon Sullivan.
Denture wearers often benefit most from a tongue-stabilizing device as the unit doesn’t need to attach to teeth in any way. It helps hold your tongue and soft palate in position to reduce snoring and promote clear passage of air.
You will need to clean the sleep guard every morning by brushing away plaque or bacterial residue with a soft-toothbrush and denture polish. You might also want to brush your tongue to clean 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 live in the Gilbert, Arizona, area and you’ve been suffering with sleep apnea, you should call 866-54-SLEEP to explore your night guard treatment options at our office.