The snoring and breathing problems associated with sleep apnea can have a serious negative impact on your sleep and quality of life. Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea problem there are a few different treatment options available. You should have your sleep apnea properly diagnosed so your physician can best help you find the treatment option that best for you.
People that suffer from severe sleep apnea often require a positive pressure treatment device known as a CPAP machine to effectively treat the problem. However, if you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, then your snoring problem could be mitigated by using a snore guard when you sleep at night.
Tongue stabilizing device snore guards, sometimes called TSD, are ideal for denture wearers with sleep apnea. The snore guard doesn’t attach to your teeth, while holding your tongue and soft palette in position for the smooth passage of air. Since it sits comfortably in your mouth it doesn’t disturb your sleep and allows you to get the rest you need to be your best the next day.
You should clean the TSD snore guard each morning by brushing it with denture polish to remove bacteria and plaque. You can also brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to clean away bacteria and freshen your breath. If the snore guard needs additional refreshing, you can rinse it in a mixture of equal parts water and antiseptic mouthwash. Make sure to thoroughly dry the snore guard with a clean paper towel, then store it in its case in a safe place.
If you would like to explore your snore guard options, please feel free to call Pacific Coast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at 818-365-5636 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you get a good night’s sleep.