Sleep apnea is a serious condition, causing millions of Americans to suffer from a poor night’s sleep as well as other potentially serious complications. One of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea involves chronic snoring and issues with interrupted breathing throughout the night.
There are several different treatment options available for sleep apnea suffers. Before committing to a particular option, it is best to talk to your physician to have your sleep apnea diagnosed. Individuals that suffer from a severe case of sleep apnea often require a positive pressure treatment device or CPAP machine to achieve safe, quality sleep.
However, people with mild to moderate sleep apnea can often find significant relief of their symptoms by using a snore guard. It’s worth noting that all snore guards need to be prescribed by a physician or an oral health care professional.
Boil and bite snore guards are made from a thermoplastic material that softens when heated. Once the material is soft you take it out of the water, give it a moment to cool and bite down on it hard, until the material cools and firms up.
The custom fit helps the snore guard to hold your mouth in the ideal position for improved passage of air and a good night’s rest.
Each morning you should clean and refresh the snore guard by rinsing it under lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as this can cause the thermoplastic material to deform and will require you to refit the snore guard. Then dry the snore guard thoroughly with a clean paper towel and inspect it for any signs of wear and tear.
If you would like to explore your snore guard options, you should all All Family Dental at 651.222.9715 to set up a consultation.