Sleep apnea symptoms, such as snoring and breathing interruption, can have a significant negative impact on your sleep and quality of life. There are several different options available to help those who suffer from sleep apnea. It’s important to have the severity of your sleep apnea professionally diagnosed to ensure you employ the treatment that will work best for you.
If you suffer from severe sleep apnea in Sedona, Arizona, your physician might recommend sleeping with a CPAP mask. If you only suffer from minor-to-moderate sleep apnea, your dentist, Dr. Austin Babcock, can help you find a snore guard.
Thermoplastic snore guards are made from a special material that softens when heated. You simply soak the unit in simmering water. After a few minutes, it will become soft and pliable. You will then take it out of the water, allow it to cool, and then bite down on it firmly. The thermoplastic material will conform to the unique shape of your teeth and bite pattern.
The custom fit helps the snore guard hold your mouth in the ideal position for improved passage of air and a good night’s rest.
You should clean and refresh the snore guard by rinsing it under lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as this can cause the thermoplastic material to deform and will require you to refit the snore guard. Then, dry the snore guard thoroughly with a clean paper towel and inspect it for any signs of wear and tear.
If you are struggling with sleep apnea, you should call (928) 282-1514 to explore your snore guard options at Sedona Dental Arts.