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It’s estimated by the Cleveland Clinic that around 9 percent of women and 24 percent of men suffer from some degree of sleep apnea. This often includes problems with excessive snoring and potentially dangerous breathing interruption during sleep. It often results from changes in the position of the soft palate or excess fatty deposits in the neck.

There are several different treatment options available to help sleep apnea sufferers. The severity of your sleep apnea and the particular details of your throat and mouth can all be a factor. So, it’s important to have your sleep apnea professionally diagnosed to find the treatment method that is right for you.

If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, you will likely need positive airway pressure treatment from the use of a CPAP machine. However, if you only experience minor-to-moderate sleep apnea, your dentist, Dr. Sylvan Stern, can help you understand your snore guard options.

Thermoplastic snore guards are made from a material that softens when heated. Once the material is soft, you will take it out of the water, give it a moment to cool, and then bite down on it hard until the material cools and hardens.

The custom fit helps the snore guard hold your mouth in the ideal position for improved passage of air and a good night’s rest.

Each morning you should clean and refresh the thermoplastic snore guard by rinsing it under lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as 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 interested in using a boil-and-bite snore guard to improve your sleep apnea in Southfield, Michigan, you should call 248-559-0995 to schedule an appointment at Sylvan S. Stern, DDS.