The national sleep foundation estimates that approximately 40-million Americans suffer from some degree of sleep apnea. The chronic respiratory condition occurs when the soft palate at the back of the mouth slips toward the throat when sleeping. This often results in chronic snoring problems as well as periodic breathing interruption.
While these symptoms might seem to be a mere annoyance leading to sleep apnea, the breathing interruption can lead to long-term medical complications. Left unaddressed sleep apnea can contribute to problems with high blood pressure, as well as increased risk of suffering a cardiac event.
Developing an effective treatment plan starts with a professional diagnosis from your primary physician. If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, you might need to sleep with a CPAP device.
If it is determined that you only suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, you might find significant relief of your symptoms by sleeping with a prescription snore guard in your mouth. It is a removable dental appliance that is designed to hold your soft palate in place for easy passage of air while sleeping.
An orthodontist like Dr. Steven Thompson can provide you with several different types of snore guards. The one that is right for you will depend on the characteristics of your mouth and your personal preference.
Tongue stabilizing devices doesn’t attach to the teeth which makes them a good option for denture wearers. Mandibular advancement devices come in a variety of different designs Most of these oral appliances need to attach to your teeth in some way and might include special hinges.
Boil and bite snore guards are produced from a special thermoplastic that becomes pliable when heated in water. Biting down firmly causes it to conform to the unique shape of your teeth before it hardens.
If you live in the Holley, New York, area and you have been diagnosed with minor to moderate sleep apnea, you should call 585-638-5435 to explore the snore guard options available at Thompson Dental Care.