Excessive snoring and breathing interruptions from sleep apnea often results in poor sleep quality and can even have a negative impact on your quality of life. In recent years, sleep apnea treatment options have improved. While people with severe sleep apnea might need to sleep with a CPAP machine, people with mild to moderate sleep apnea might find relief from wear a snore guard when they go to bed.
By law, a quality snore guard must be prescribed by a physician, orthodontist or another oral healthcare professional. It’s important to have your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed to make sure you are using the most effective treatment options.
Boil and bite snore guards are made from a thermoplastic material that softens when heated. Once the material is soft you take it out of the water, give it a moment to cool and bite down on it hard, until the material cools and firms up. The custom fit helps the snore guard to hold your mouth in the ideal position for improved passage of air and a good night’s rest.
Each morning 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 have been struggling with poor quality sleep from sleep apnea problems, we invite you to call 19th Avenue Dental in Everett, Washington at 425-385-8130 to explore your snore guard options.