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The National Sleep Foundation estimates that more than 18 million American adults have sleep apnea. While snoring symptoms can certainly prove a nuisance for a spouse or roommate, the breathing interruption of sleep apnea can prove even more significant. This can lead to poor sleep quality and even tax the heart muscle, leading to other serious medical conditions.

If you suspect you have developed sleep apnea, it’s a good idea to have it professionally diagnosed by your primary physician. Severe sleep apnea symptoms might require the use of a CPAP machine to provide positive air pressure during sleep.

However, if you only have mild to moderate sleep apnea, you might find significant symptom relief with a snore guard prescribed at Dr. Kirby Nelson’s North Bend, Washington orthodontic clinic. There are several different styles and designs that Dr. Kirby Nelson might recommend, depending on the unique details of your mouth and your personal preference.

A tongue stabilizing device can help denture wearers with sleep apnea. They don’t attach to the teeth, yet help to hold your tongue and soft palette in position for the free passage of air.

There are several different designs of mandibular advance device, that you might be interested in. Most of them attach to the teeth in some way and hinge together. These snore guards are designed to hold your mouth and soft palette in the ideal position to allow easy passage of air, thus reducing snoring problems.

Thermoplastic snore guards, also known as boil-and-bite are made from a special material that softens when heated in water. You soak the snore guard in simmering water for a few minutes. Once it’s soft and pliable, you take it out of the water and allow a moment to cool before biting down on it firmly. The thermoplastic material will conform to the unique shape of your mouth and dentition.

If you live in the North Bend, Washington area and you are interested in a prescription snore guard, you should call 425-888-1896 to schedule a consultation at Dr. Kirby Nelson’s orthodontic clinic