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Sleep apnea affects areas of your upper respiratory system and the soft palate in your mouth by causing obstructed breathing and snoring while you sleep. There are many different treatments for sleep apnea symptoms, and receiving a professional diagnosis at Alluring Smiles, LLC can help you determine which will be most effective. You may find that an oral sleep appliance can effectively soothe your symptoms of sleep apnea.

The severity of your sleep apnea determines the efficacy of sleep apnea treatment, and it’s important to consult with your primary care doctor to learn the details of your sleep apnea. You may need to receive a positive airway device (CPAP) to wear at night if your sleep apnea is severe enough.

More mild to moderate sleep apnea can often be managed with a snore guard, and there are many designs for this device, though they all share the same principle: your appliance fits in your mouth to adjust your jaw’s position and prevent the soft palate from collapsing and obstructing your airway. One such type of snore guard is a mandibular advancement device, which fits against your teeth to reposition the soft palate so that it won’t fall back against your throat, causing you to snore or struggle to breathe while you sleep.

Upon removing your snore guard in the morning, remember to clean it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste, clearing away any plaque deposits around the hinges and joints before using a clean paper towel to dry the device. Keep it in a safe location during the day

To learn more about receiving an oral appliance for sleep apnea in Gaithersburg, Maryland, contact Alluring Smiles, LLC at 301-637-6155 today and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Maria Hayes.