While sleep apnea symptoms like snoring can certainly prove a nuisance for your sleep quality, the stress placed on the cardiovascular system from breathing interruption can prove more significant. Over time, unresolved sleep apnea can tax the heart and increase your chances of suffering heart disease or stroke problems.
If you have sleep apnea concerns, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. They can diagnose the severity of your sleep apnea through a sleep study or other diagnostic measures.
If your sleep apnea symptoms are severe, it likely means you will need to sleep with positive air pressure from a CPAP device. However, mild to moderate sleep apnea symptoms can often be relieved by a prescription snore guard at Dr. Christopher M. Spelman’s Hopewell, New Jersey clinic.
Denture wearers with moderate sleep apnea symptoms cannot typically use a mandibular advancement device as these units need to attach to the teeth in some manner. In a situation like this, you might find relief from a tongue stabilizing device. This style of snore guard doesn’t need to attach to teeth in any way. It helps to hold your tongue and soft palette in position to mitigate snoring and improve air flow.
You will need to clean the snore guard every morning by brushing it with denture polish to remove any plaque or bacterial residue. You can also brush your tongue to clean away bacteria and freshen your breath. Make sure to thoroughly dry the snore guard with a clean paper towel and store it in the case provided.
If you live in the Hopewell, New Jersey area and you’ve been suffering from sleep apnea, you should call 609-466-1332 to explore your night guard treatment options with Dr. Christopher M. Spelman.