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The National Sleep Foundation estimates that over 18 million adults have some degree of sleep apnea. Breathing interruptions and snoring problems are just two of the more common symptoms that plague sleep apnea sufferers. There are several different treatment options available. The one that is best for you will vary depending on the severity of your sleep apnea problem.

You should have your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed to find the best treatment option. People with severe sleep apnea issues require a positive pressure treatment device or CPAP machine when they sleep. If you have mild to moderate snoring problems, a snore guard prescribed by Dr. Maria Boutsikos, DMD can offer you significant relief from sleep apnea symptoms.

Mandibular advancement snore guards come in several styles and designs. Many popular snore guards attach to the teeth and hinge together. These snore guards are designed to hold your mouth and soft palette in the ideal position to allow easy passage of air, thus reducing snoring problems.

Each morning you should clean and refresh the snore guard by rinsing it under water and brushing it with a soft bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Be sure to thoroughly brush the hinges. If it needs further refreshing, you can soak it briefly in a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash.

After rinsing and brushing you should dry the snore guard with a clean paper towel and store it in the case provided.

If you would like to explore your sleep apnea treatment options with a snore guard, you should call Dynamic Dental Smiles at 941-549-8930 to schedule an appointment.