The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 40 million Americans suffer from some degree of sleep apnea. If left unchecked, the severe snoring and breathing interruptions caused by this chronic respiratory condition can lead to problems with high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
After you have received a professional diagnosis by a trained physician, a prescription snore guard might be able to help mitigate minor to moderate sleep apnea symptoms. Here at KC Smile Doc, our dentist, Dr. J. Richard Burch, can provide several different types and designs of snore guards for you to choose from. Determining which one is right for you will depend on your personal preference and the details of your oral health.
One type of snore guards, known as a tongue stabilizing device, does not need to attach to the teeth, which can be helpful for those who wear dentures and have moderate sleep apnea. When installed in your mouth, this style of snore guard can help hold your tongue and soft palate in position to mitigate snoring and improve airflow.
Mandibular advancement devices are another type of snore guards, and they come in several different forms. These removable dental appliances often need to attach to the teeth in some way, and they might also include hinges. Each one is designed to hold your mouth and soft palate in the ideal position to allow for a clear passage of air.
Boil and bite snore guards are a third type of snore guard made from a special thermoplastic material that becomes pliable when heated in simmering water. Once it is soft, you place it in your mouth and bite down on it firmly. The snore guard material will then conform to the unique shape of your teeth before it hardens.
If you live in the Kansas City, Missouri, region, and if you have been struggling with mild to moderate sleep apnea, you should call 816-822-0990 to explore our snore guard options at KC Smile Doc.