There are many options for devices that can assist with your snoring problems, depending on the severity of the condition. Usually, a sleep study is first recommended to determine the treatment modality that best suits your needs.
What is a Snore Guard
One of the most popular dental devices used for sleep apnea is the mandibular advancement device (MAD). This device looks similar to a sports mouth guard, and works by repositioning the lower jaw and tongue while you sleep. This helps keep the airways open, thereby preventing breathing problems and allowing for a more restful night’s sleep.
Who Can Benefit from a Snore Guard?
A snore guard can help those who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing at night, and the number of times this occurs in a night determines the severity of your condition. The biggest indicator of sleep apnea is snoring; however, you might also experience symptoms such as daytime drowsiness, morning headaches, waking up several times during the night, or waking up with a choking sensation. To be considered a candidate, you must have an initial sleep study conducted to determine the treatment modality that might be best for you.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, sometimes treatment with a snore guard may be best for you. In order to fabricate a custom snore guard, we will take impressions of your teeth to create an exact fit, and deliver the appliance a few weeks later.
Other Treatment Options
Many individuals with sleep apnea can experience relief with a snore guard; however, others might require a different form of treatment. If you suffer from more extreme sleep apnea, a combination of CPAP therapy and a dental device can often be used. A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device can help you breathe more easily during sleep by increasing the air pressure in the throat to prevent the airway from collapsing. A custom-made dental sleep device can be worn along with a CPAP machine so that you and your partner can sleep soundly and without interruption.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, you might be able to benefit from a snore guard! Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a sleep study.