Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans each year. Common symptoms often include snoring problems and breathing interruption while sleeping. It’s important to have the severity of your sleep apnea professionally diagnosed. This will help determine the most effective method needed to treat your symptoms.
If you are suffering from severe sleep apnea, you will likely need to sleep with positive air pressure from a CPAP machine. However, mild-to-moderate sleep apnea symptoms can often be relieved by using a nightguard prescribed by Dr. Jonathan E. Quillian.
Mandibular advancement devices are one of the more popular sleep guard options. They are available in several different styles and designs. Most of them attach to your teeth in some way and they are often hinged. They are designed to hold your mouth and soft palate in the ideal position to allow easy passage of air, thus reducing snoring problems.
You will need to clean and refresh the snore guard each day. This starts with rinsing it each morning to remove residual plaque. You should then brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Be sure to thoroughly brush the hinges where plaque could potentially become trapped. If it needs further refreshing, you can soak it briefly in a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash.
The mandibular advancement device should then be dried with a clean paper towel and stored in the case provided.
If you live in the San Antonio, Texas, area and you have been struggling with sleep apnea, you should call 210-761-5452 to explore your treatment options at Culebra North Dental Care.