Sleep apnea is a serious respiratory disorder afflicting an estimated 40 million Americans each year. It is primarily caused by issues with the soft palate slipping toward the back of the throat. This results in significant snoring complications and potential issues with breathing interruption while you’re sleeping.
Poor sleep quality has an adverse effect on your quality of life. Having your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed will help determine the best treatment strategy. If you suffer from severe sleep apnea in Sarasota, Florida, you might need to sleep with a CPAP device. However, if your sleep apnea issues are minor to moderate in severity, a prescription snore guard from your dentist, Dr. Gregory J. Brandau, might do the trick.
Tongue stabilizing snore guards are ideal for denture wearers with minor-to-moderate sleep apnea. The unit doesn’t need to attach to teeth in any way. It helps hold your tongue and soft palate in position to mitigate snoring and improve air flow.
You should clean the snore guard each morning by brushing it with denture polish to remove bacteria and plaque. You can also 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 have been struggling with poor quality sleep resulting from untreated sleep apnea, you should call 941-926-9888 to understand your treatment options at Sterling Dental.