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Sleep apnea is a serious respiratory disorder afflicting an estimated 40 million Americans each year. It is primarily caused by issues with the soft palate slipping toward the back of the throat. This results in significant snoring complications and potential issues with breathing interruption while you’re sleeping.

Poor sleep quality has an adverse effect on your quality of life. Having your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed will help determine the best treatment strategy. If you suffer from severe sleep apnea symptoms, you might need to sleep with a CPAP device. However, if your sleep apnea issues are minor to moderate in severity, a prescription snore guard from your dentist, Dr. Robert Berkowitz, might do the trick.

Mandibular advancement devices have several different styles and designs. Most units attach to your teeth in some way and often incorporate hinges. These snore guards are designed to hold your mouth and soft palate in the ideal positions to allow easy passage of air, thus reducing snoring problems.

You should clean and refresh the snore guard by rinsing it each morning to remove residual plaque. Then you should brush it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Be sure to thoroughly brush the hinges where plaque could potentially become trapped. If it needs further refreshing, you can soak it briefly in a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash.

Once you’re done rinsing and brushing, you should dry the snore guard with a clean paper towel and store it in the case provided.

If you have been struggling with sleep apnea issues in Anderson, South Carolina, you should call 864-642-4630 to explore your treatment options at Trinity Dental Center.