Some individuals experience a change in the soft palate when sleeping which can cause issues with breathing obstruction and severe snoring. Not only can chronic sleep apnea have a negative impact on your sleep quality it can also lead to long-term medical complications.
A growing body of research has found a relationship between unaddressed sleep apnea and cardiovascular issues associated with high blood pressure. Left untreated it could lead to increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
If you or your spouse has been struggling with chronic sleep apnea, it’s best to seek a professional diagnosis. Patients who only suffer from moderate sleep apnea can sometimes find significant symptom relief from using a quality snore guard provided by Dr. Bryan Gerstenberg.
If comfort is a concern, our dentist might recommend a boil and bite snore guard for its custom fit. It is made from a special material that softens when heated in water. You then place it in your mouth and bite down firmly which will cause it to conform to the unique shape of your dentition.
When you take the snore guard out each morning you should give it a light rinse under running water. If you notice any plaque buildup on any of the surfaces, you can lightly brush it away with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a little nonabrasive toothpaste.
If you live in the Pensacola, Florida, region and you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, you should call 850-477-8668 to explore the snore guard options offered at Airport Dental.