Sleep apnea is a respiratory condition that affects an estimated 40 million Americans each year. Common symptoms like chronic snoring and intermittent breathing interruption should not be dismissed as minor inconveniences.
As time goes on untreated sleep apnea can do more than cause poor quality sleep. It can start to affect the heart muscle, increasing your chances of suffering high blood pressure, and heart disease, as well as an increased risk of stroke.
Individuals suffering from severe sleep apnea symptoms often need to sleep with positive air pressure such as a CPAP machine. However, if you’ve been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, symptom relief might be possible with a sleeping guard provided by Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones.
A tongue stabilizing device is popular with denture wearers as it doesn’t need to attach to teeth in any way. It helps to hold your tongue and soft palate in position to mitigate snoring and improve airflow.
The snore guard will need some basic care and cleaning every morning. This includes a vigorous rinsing and brushing it with denture polish to remove any plaque buildup. Make sure to thoroughly dry the snore guard with a clean paper towel before storing it in its case.
If you live in the Dallas, Texas, area and you’ve been suffering from sleep apnea, you should call 214.824.2130 to explore your night guard treatment options with Dr. Jeffrey V. Jones.