The National Sleep Foundation estimates that over 18 million adults experience poor quality sleep as a result of sleep apnea symptoms. Chronic snoring issues, and breathing interruptions are the two most common symptoms. Medical and oral health care technology has created several different treatment options to help people struggling with sleep apnea.
It’s a good idea to have your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed before embracing a new treatment option. People with severe sleep apnea might only be able to find relief by using a CPAP or positive airway pressure device when they go to bed. However, if you only suffer from minor to moderate sleep apnea, a Kirby Nelson Orthodontics orthodontist can help fit you for a prescription snore guard.
Tongue stabilizing are 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 Kirby Nelson Orthodontics’s office in North Bend, Washington at 425-888-1896 to schedule an appointment.