The soft palate in the back of your mouth is designed to move when you speak, breathe and eat. For some individuals, the soft palate can slide back toward the throat when sleeping. This can cause snoring and potential breathing interruption.
When it happens on a chronic basis this condition, which is also known as sleep apnea, can lead to poor quality sleep as well as other health complications. If symptoms are not addressed in a reasonable amount of time they could potentially start to stress the heart muscle. This can increase your blood pressure, as well as your chances of suffering from heart disease and an increased risk of stroke.
If you or a family member has been struggling with symptoms of sleep, you should seek a professional diagnosis. This is an important first step for determining the most effective treatment plan.
Individuals suffering from severe sleep apnea often need to sleep with a positive air pressure device such as a CPAP machine. Individuals suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea might find symptom relief from a prescription snore guard provided by an orthodontist like Dr. Jorgensen.
There are several different designs offered at Legacy Family Dentistry. Which one is best for you will depend on the specifics of your mouth, as well as your personal preference
A tongue stabilizing device doesn’t need to attach to the teeth. This type of snore guard is generally a preferred option for sleep apnea sufferers with dentures.
Mandibular advance devices come in several styles and designs. Most of these removable dental appliances need to attach to your teeth in some way. Some styles also include a stabilizing hinge.
If you live in the Gainesville, Georgia area and you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, you should call 770-536-1170 to explore the snore guard options offered at Legacy Family Dentistry.