According to the national sleep foundation over 18 million people suffer from sleep apnea is some form. A snore guard mouthpiece is a common solution for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea that doesn’t require nightly CPAP therapy.
There is a wide variety of snore guards available and your dentist can help you choose which one is best. Most fall into one of two categories.
TSD, or Tongue Stabilizing Devices, tend to be more common for people with minor sleep apnea. They are more popular with people who have dentures because they do not attach directly to the teeth.
MAD, or Mandibular Advancement Devices, attach to the teeth in some fashion. Some designs may have hinges while other may be made from a boil and bite thermoplastic compound.
A snore guard is a serious investment in respiratory, mental and dental health. Regular care and maintenance can help you increase the lifespan of your snore guard.
As part of your regular morning routine, you should brush your teeth with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. Then rinse the snore guard thoroughly under cool or lukewarm water. If your snore guard has a boil-and-bite thermoplastic design, you should avoid rinsing it with hot water.
Brush the snore guard with fluoride toothpaste at least once a week to eliminate any potential bacterial build up.
When you’re done cleaning, dry the snore guard with a paper towel and store it in its case. Be sure to check the snore guard regularly for signs of wear and tear.
If you have any questions about snore guards or if you need further tips for maintaining your particular model, please call us at 214.824.2130 to schedule an appointment.