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Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition, often resulting in breathing interruption and chronic snoring issues while sleeping. Not only does it affect sleep quality, but it can also have a serious negative impact on your quality of life. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available. The right one for you might vary depending on the severity of your sleep apnea symptoms and other factors.

If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, you might need to use a CPAP machine to effectively treat your breathing interruption. If you only suffer from minor-to-moderate sleep apnea, your dentist, Dr. Brett M. Barney, can prescribe a quality snore guard.

Mandibular advancement devices have a few variations on their design. Most attach to your teeth in some way and hinge together. 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 suffer from sleep apnea and you’re interested in a mandibular advancement device in Tucson, Arizona, you should call (520) 663.0419 to schedule an appointment at Desert Dental Group.