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The National Sleep Foundation estimates that over 18 million adults experience poor quality sleep as a result of sleep apnea symptoms. Chronic snoring issues and breathing interruptions are the two most common symptoms. Medical and oral health care technology has created several different treatment options to help people struggling with sleep apnea.

It’s a good idea to have your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed before embracing a new treatment option. People with severe sleep apnea might only be able to find relief by using a CPAP or positive airway pressure device when they go to bed. However, if you only suffer from minor to moderate sleep apnea, a Truman Village Family Dental doctor can help fit you for a prescription snore guard.

Boil and bite snore guards are made from a thermoplastic material that softens when heated. Once the material is soft you take it out of the water, give it a moment to cool and bite down on it hard, until the material cools and firms up.

The custom fit helps the snore guard to hold your mouth in the ideal position for improved passage of air and a good night’s rest.

Each morning you should clean and refresh the snore guard by rinsing it under lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as this can cause the thermoplastic material to deform and 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 would like to explore your snore guard options, you can call Truman Village Family Dental’s office in Independence, Missouri at 816-569-9800 to set up an appointment.