Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition, often resulting in breathing interruption and chronic snoring issues while sleeping. Not only does it affect sleep quality, but it can also have a serious negative impact on your quality of life. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available. The right one for you might vary depending on the severity of your sleep apnea and other factors.
If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, you might need to use a CPAP machine to effectively treat your breathing interruption. If you only suffer from minor-to-moderate sleep apnea, your dentist, Dr. Anthony Butchert, can prescribe a quality snore guard.
A boil-and-bite snore guard is made from a special thermoplastic material that softens when heated. This allows you to custom shape it to the unique shape and features of your mouth. You simply place it in simmering water. Once it becomes pliable, you take it out of the water, allow a moment for it to cool, and then bite down on it firmly. The snore guard will contort into shape and then harden as it cools.
The custom fit helps the snore guard hold your mouth in the ideal position for improved passage of air and a good night’s rest.
You should clean and refresh the snore guard each morning by rinsing it under lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as this can cause the thermoplastic material to deform and it will require you to refit the snore guard. Then dry the snore guard thoroughly with a clean paper towel and inspect it for any signs of wear and tear.
If you suffer from sleep apnea symptoms and you’re interested in a boil-and-bite snore guard in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, you should call 715-552-1000 to schedule an appointment at Lifetime Dental Care.