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, Dr. John Lohner can help fit you for a prescription snore guard.
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 palate 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 sleep apnea treatment options with a snore guard, you should call Dr. John Lohner’s office in Cedar Hills, Utah at 801-756-2006 to schedule a consultation.