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Sleep apnea is a chronic and often serious respiratory condition that affects the sleep quality and respiration of an estimated 40-million Americans each year. Left unchecked the snore and breathing interruption of sleep apnea can lead to complications with high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease and chances of stroke.

Once your specific severity of sleep apnea has been accurately diagnosed by a physician, a prescription snore guard might be able to help mitigate sleep apnea symptoms with a simple snore guard. There are several different types and designs available. Installing the snore guard in your mouth when you sleep will help maintain the correct position of the soft palate.

A tongue stabilizing device doesn’t attach to the teeth which can be helpful for denture wearers with moderate sleep apnea. It helps to hold your tongue and soft palate in position to mitigate snoring and improve airflow.

There are several different styles and designs of a mandibular advance device. Many of these removable dental appliances need to attach to the teeth and hinge together in some fashion. Each is designed to hold your mouth and soft palate in the ideal position to allow easy passage of air, thus reducing snoring problems.

Thermoplastic snore guards are made from a special material that softens when heated in simmering water. Once it becomes soft and pliable you bite down on it firmly. The snore guard material will then conform to the unique shape of your teeth before it firms up.

If you live in the Allen or Dallas, Texas, region and you have been suffering from poor sleep quality from sleep apnea, you should call 972.947.2200 for our Allen location or 972.947.2000 for our Dallas location to explore the snore guard options offered at Fourth Dimension Orthodontics & Craniofacial Orthopedics’s orthodontic clinic.