Snoring affects 45% of the adult population, and may be a symptom of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea–is a serious respiratory condition that affects approximately 18 million Americans, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Most sleep apnea sufferers have issues related to snoring. This can easily lead to getting a poor night’s sleep. People suffering from a severe case of sleep apnea may require positive airway pressure treatments. This usually involves wearing a respiration device or CPAP mask when they sleep.
Snore guards come in many different designs to meet your needs and personal preference. They have been shown to help people with mild to moderate sleep apnea deal with snoring and sleep better. A prescription snore guards can help maintain proper air flow and allow you to stay asleep without disturbing your spouse.
The mandibular advancement device is widely used by dentists to help with sleep apnea. It looks like a sports mouth guard and forces the lower jaw down and lightly forward. This effectively helps the airway remain open, preventing breathing problems.
A splint which retrains the tongue can also help with sleep apnea. The splint holds the tongue in the right position, keeping the airway open.
Dr. Lichter can create a mouth guard that fits over your teeth to keep your muscles from touching or obstructing your airway. These snore guards help you even if you don’t have sleep apnea, but just need help curbing your snoring to give you a good night’s sleep. If you problems with snoring and need help, call our office and we can help you find a snore guard that is right for you. If you would like more information about snore guards please feel free to call us at 619.422.5317 to schedule an appointment.