Sleep apnea is a chronic respiratory condition that typically involves the soft palate obstructing your airway while you sleep. Typical symptoms include chronic snoring and interrupted breathing. If the condition is left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure, as well as an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
It’s important to have the severity of your sleep apnea professionally diagnosed and to design an effective treatment plan. If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, you physician will likely advocate using a CPAP device. Individuals dealing with mild to moderate sleep apnea might find relief from some symptoms by using a prescription snore guard. There are several different styles and designs available through Kirby Nelson Orthodontics.
A tongue stabilizing device is ideal for denture wearers with sleep apnea, as it doesn’t need to attach to the teeth. Once it is properly positioned in your mouth this snore guard will help to hold your tongue and soft palate in the correct positions. Other snore guards attach to the teeth in some way, and some incorporate hinges.
A boil-and-bite snore guard is created from a special thermoplastic material that softens when heated in water. Once you bite down on it the snore guard will conform to the unique shape of your teeth as it hardens.
If you live in the North Bend, Washington, area and you have been diagnosed with minor to moderate sleep apnea, you should call 425-888-1896 to explore the snore guard options available at Kirby Nelson Orthodontics.