Are you familiar with sleep apnea? This is a respiratory condition which affects the sleep quality of over 40 million Americans. While snoring and poor sleep are two of the more noticeable signs of the disorder, there is a component that is more dangerous. That is that those with sleep apnea can actually stop breathing. While in the short term, this most often means you just wake up in the night, this can gradually start to tax the heart muscle and certain blood vessels throughout the body. In time, it can increase your chances of suffering heart disease and stroke.
It’s important to have an accurate diagnosis of the severity of your sleep apnea. You can trust Dr. [doctor_name] to take this seriously.
If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, Dr. [doctor_name] might prescribe the use of a positive air pressure of CPAP device while you sleep. If you’ve been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, you might find significant symptom relief from a snore guard prescribed at [practice_name]. There are several different designs Dr. [doctor_name] might suggest, depending on the specifics of your mouth.
A tongue stabilizing design aids in holding your tongue and soft palate in position to alleviate snoring and improve airflow. This snore guard doesn’t need to attach to your teeth. It is, therefore, an ideal choice for denture wearers with sleep apnea.
A mandibular advance device, on the other hand, can come in a variety of designs. Most of these attach to the teeth and hinge together in some fashion. Each is designed to hold your mouth and soft palate in the best position to allow the effortless passage of air, reducing your snoring problems and helping you sleep better.
Boil and bite snore guards are created from a special thermoplastic material that softens when heated. You just soak the unit in simmering water. After a few minutes, it will be soft and pliable. You then take it out, allow a moment to cool and bite down on it firmly. The thermoplastic material will conform to the unique shape of your teeth and bite pattern, allowing for a customizable fit.
If you live in the [city], [state] area and you’re suffering with mild to moderate sleep apnea, you should call [phone] to explore your snore guard options at Dr. [doctor_name]’s clinic.