Sleep apnea is a chronic respiratory condition that occurs when the soft palate at the back of the mouth slips toward the throat when sleeping. Common symptoms typically include chronic snoring problems as well as periodic breathing interruption.
At first these issues might seem to be more of an annoyance. However, unaddressed sleep apnea and breathing interruption can gradually start to contribute to medical complications such as high blood pressure, as well as increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
An effective sleep apnea treatment strategy starts with professional diagnosis from a physician. A patient with severe sleep apnea may need to sleep with a CPAP device.
An individual dealing with mild to moderate sleep apnea may find symptom relief by sleeping with a prescription snore guard in their mouth. This removable dental appliance is designed to hold your soft palate in place for easy passage of air while sleeping.
Our dentist can provide you with several different types of snore guard. The one that is right for you will depend on the basic characteristics of your mouth as well as your personal preference.
A tongue stabilizing device doesn’t need to attach to the teeth, which makes it a good option for a patient with a denture. Mandibular advancement devices come in different styles and designs. Most attach to the teeth in some way and might include hinges.
A boil and bite snore guard is made from a special thermoplastic material that softens when heated in water. Biting down firmly causes it to conform to the shape and contours of your dentition for a comfortable fit.
If you live in the Hartford, Michigan, area and you have been diagnosed with minor to moderate sleep apnea, you should call 269-621-6441 to explore the snore guard options offered through Hartford Family Dental Care.