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The National Sleep Foundation stated that just over 18 million people struggle with sleep apnea in some form. The breathing interruptions and excessive snoring issues frequently result in poor quality of sleep. On a chronic basis, sleep apnea can even have a significant negative impact on your quality of life. In recent years, treatment options for sleep apnea have continued to evolve.

To have your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed, you need to see your primary physician because the severity of your sleep apnea will directly dictate the most effective treatment option. This often involves a sleep study to determine the severity of your sleep apnea. If you have severe sleep apnea issues, you might need to sleep with CPAP machine. If you are diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, our Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D oral healthcare team might prescribe a nightly snore guard.

Boil-and-bite snore guards are made from a thermoplastic material that softens when heated in hot water. As the snore guard becomes pliable, you take it out of the water. Give it a few seconds to cool before biting down on it. It will cool and start to harden in a few moments as it conforms to the unique shape of your teeth and mouth.

The custom fit helps the snore guard hold your mouth in the ideal position for improved passage of air and an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Each morning you should clean and refresh the snore guard by rinsing it with lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water because this can cause the thermoplastic material to deform and will require you to refit the snore guard. Then, dry the snore guard thoroughly with a clean paper towel and inspect it for any signs of wear and tear.

If you are struggling to find an effective solution to your sleep apnea symptoms in Boone, North Carolina, you should call your dentist, Dr. Jerry Butler, at (828) 264-5858 to understand your snore guard options.