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Need A Sleep Apnoea Mouth Guard? Expert Advice

Posted by on November 16, 2019 in Dental Tips | 0 comments

Sleep apnoea? A mouth guard might be just the solution you need.

How Does a Sleep Apnoea Mouth Guard Work?

Sleep apnoea is a serious condition that impacts both sufferers and their families. Potentially, a sleep apnoea mouth guard may provide some relief and see everyone in the home getting a better night’s sleep.

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What is sleep apnoea and how can a mouth guard help?

Sleep apnoea is a disorder that impacts a surprisingly large section of the population. Whilst many people snore, those who experience sleep apnoea suffer from excessively broken sleep patterns. This is due to the collapsing of their airways, preventing them from breathing for short periods of time. This can, in turn, lead to more serious health concerns like high blood pressure, and even the risk of a heart attack. It’s not just a case of keeping you up at night – this is serious and needs to be examined in a professional setting. 

What about the mouth guard?

Glad you asked! An oral appliance that’s similar in shape and function to a sports mouth guard can be custom designed for those who suffer from mild sleep apnoea. This is not a ‘one size fits all’ treatment and must be discussed with your health and dental care professionals to see if it is right for you.

With the guard in place, the lower jaw is held forward which creates more room for the tongue, thus lessening the snoring side effects. Natural sleep movement is not impacted by use of this device. 

What are the other symptoms of sleep apnoea?

If you’re considering this as a treatment, it’s likely that you experience the following:

  • Snoring
  • Waking up with a dry, sore, raspy throat
  • Irritability, anxiety or depression as a result of constantly disrupted sleep
  • Poor concentration and memory abilities with difficulty focusing on tasks
  • Gasping, snorting and choking during sleep

Sound familiar? Maybe it’s time you started getting serious about your sleep health. 

Is a sleep apnoea mouth guard the solution for you?

This disorder is potentially very dangerous so do not write it off as an irritating condition that you just need to put up with. If you have a history of heart issues in your family tree you need to act now to find a solution to this problem before it becomes more serious. Put yourself, and your family, first and contact those who can help you trial a sleep apnoea mouth guard. 

Work with your gentle dental team to find a solution to what’s keeping you up at night.