It is estimated by the National Sleep Foundation that over 18 million adults struggle with some degree of sleep apnea. Snoring and breathing interruption are two of the most common symptoms that cause sleep apnea sufferers to get poor sleep. Research in this area has continued to grow, and now there are several different treatment options. One of the more common options involves wearing a snore guard when you go to bed at night.
Before you can effectively explore your treatment options, you will need to have your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed. People with severe sleep apnea issues require a positive pressure treatment device or CPAP machine to maintain quality sleep. If you have mild to moderate snoring problems, Dr. Robert H. Watson can prescribe a snore guard for you.
Mandibular advancement snore guards come in several styles and designs. Many of the popular snore guards attach to the teeth and hinge together. These snore guards are designed to hold your mouth and soft palette in the ideal position to allow easy passage of air, thus reducing snoring problems.
Each morning you should clean and refresh the snore guard by rinsing it under water and brushing it with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Be sure to thoroughly brush the hinges. If it needs further refreshing, you can soak it briefly in a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash.
After rinsing and brushing you should 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, please feel free to call Dr. Robert H. Watson at 704-523-7221 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you get a good night’s sleep.