Sleep apnea is a condition affecting the soft palate and other parts of the upper respiratory system, resulting in issues with snoring and breathing interruption when you sleep. There are several different treatment options to consider, but a professional diagnosis is needed to identify the most effective one.
The most effective treatment method for your particular sleep apnea problem will vary depending on severity. So it’s a good idea to consult with your primary physician to have your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed. A severe case of sleep apnea might require you to use a positive airway device or CPAP when you sleep.
If you are struggling with mild to moderate sleep apnea, symptom relief can often be found by using a snore guard at night. There are varying designs, but all work on the same principle of adjusting the position of the mouth to prevent the soft palate from slipping into an obstructive position.
A mandibular advancement device is a type of snore guard that attaches to the teeth in some way. It will then hold the soft palate in the ideal position to prevent slippage toward the back of the throat, thus alleviating or reducing snoring and breathing interruption issues.
When you take it out each morning, you will need to brush it with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Make sure to brush thoroughly around any hinges or joints in the unit to remove all plaque buildup.
Once it is thoroughly clean, you should dry your mandibular advancement device with a clean paper towel and store it in a safe place.
If you have been struggling to find relief from your sleep apnea issues, you should contact Dental Arts of Frederick in Frederick, Maryland, at 301-663-5552 to explore your treatment options.