Sleep apnea is a common airway problem associated with snoring and getting a poor night’s sleep. In recent years, sleep apnea awareness and treatment options have become more widely available.
Luckily, there are a wide variety of snore guards available for people struggling with minor to moderate sleep apnea. Keep in mind that these snore guards are not recommended for people with the severe cases of sleep apnea that require positive airway pressure therapy.
A snore guard must be approved and prescribed by your dentist or physician. While there is a wide variety available to choose from, most fall into two categories.
TSD, or Tongue Stabilizing Devices, are usually ready to use right out of the box. They tend to be more common for people with minor sleep apnea. One advantage of TSD’s is that they can be used by people with dentures because they do not attach directly to the teeth.
MAD, or Mandibular Advancement Devices, attach to the teeth in some fashion. Some designs may have hinges while others may be made from a boil-and-bite thermoplastic compound.
Your dentist can help you find the style of snore guard that is right for you. If you would like more information about snore guards or if your physician has recommended one, please feel free to call us at 703.451.8332 to schedule an appointment.