Sleep apnea can be associated with a number of different symptoms and complications. One of the most common complaints of sleep apnea sufferers is related to chronic snoring issues. This further complicates sleep quality and quality of life issues. Fortunately, there are several different options available to help you treat your sleep apnea issues. One of the most common and effective options for improving snoring issues related to sleep apnea is to use a snore guard when you sleep.
However, before using a snore guard, you should make the extra effort to have your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed. People who suffer from severe sleep apnea often require a positive pressure treatment device or CPAP machine to effectively achieve quality sleep. Mild to moderate sleep apnea can often be treated by a simple snore guard. Legally all snore guards need to be prescribed by a physician or an oral healthcare professional.
Tongue stabilizing is a type of snore guard preferred by denture wearers, because the unit doesn’t attach to your teeth. The snore guard helps to 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 would like to explore your snore guard options, you should call Dr. Neil Charaipotra at 703.451.8332 to schedule an appointment.