Sleep apnea is a chronic respiratory condition that affects an estimated 40 million Americans each year. It occurs when the soft palate at the back of the mouth slips toward the throat when sleeping. This can cause chronic snoring problems as well as periodic breathing interruption.
If these symptoms are not mitigated in a reasonable amount of time, sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure, as well as increased risks of heart disease and stroke.
Professional diagnosis of your sleep apnea is important for developing an effective treatment plan. If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, your physician might prescribe sleeping with a CPAP device. If you are only dealing with mild to moderate sleep apnea symptoms, you might find relief by sleeping with a prescription snore guard. These removable dental appliances help to hold the soft palate in place for to allow for easy passage of air while sleeping.
Our doctor, Dr. Scott Lindsay can provide you with several different options for snore guards. Determining the right one for you will depend on the characteristics of your mouth as well as your personal preference. A tongue stabilizing device doesn’t need to attach to the teeth, which makes it a good option for people with dentures. Mandibular advancement devices come in different forms. Most of these snore guards attach to the teeth in some way, and some incorporate hinges.
If you live in the Centennial, Colorado, area and you have been diagnosed with minor to moderate sleep apnea, you should call 720-489-0797 to explore the snore guard options available at Peak Dental Care.