If you snore or have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a “snore guard” might be of benefit to you.
This small, plastic custom mouthpiece fits in your mouth like a night guard during your sleep. It helps prevent the jaw and tongue from dropping back into the throat and restricting the air passage. Keeping the airway open greatly reduces or eliminates snoring.
The unit is custom fit to your individual needs. It fits snugly over your teeth and is designed to keep your lower jaw in a comfortable forward position. A snore guard may take a few nights to get used to, however it is not uncomfortable to wear.
Both men and women suffer snoring problems during their sleep. Snoring creates problems for those sleeping around you. Above all, disturbed sleep due to snoring can lead to compromised health. As a result, people with snoring problems can be fatigued, depressed, moody or just sleepy throughout the day. This simple oral device can make a big difference in your quality of life.
This can be more serious if your airway is completely blocked by your lower jaw and tongue and you stop breathing for 30 seconds or more. This condition is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
If you have had a sleep study and been diagnosed with moderate to severe OSA, you may need a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. It is important to have a sleep study if you feel you may have this condition.
If you are waking up throughout the night and are keeping those around you awake as well, you might benefit from having a snore guard. To learn more about these mouth guard options for sleep apnea, please set up a consultation with us.