Severe snoring and problems with breathing interruption while sleeping are two of the hallmark symptoms of sleep apnea. While it might seem like a nuisance at first, untreated sleep apnea can start to have a negative effect on your heart muscle and could contribute to other medical conditions.
Over time unaddressed sleep apnea symptoms could increase your chances of suffering from high blood pressure, as well as heightened risk for heart disease and stroke.
If you or someone in your family has been struggling with chronic sleep apnea it is important to seek a professional diagnosis. A patient who suffers from severe sleep apnea might need to use a positive air pressure device when they go to bed.
However, a patient suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea might find significant symptom relief by using a sleep guard provided by a dentist like Dr. Joe Gerard.
There are several different designs available. The one is right for you will depend on the specific characteristics of your mouth. Common options include tongue stabilizing devices and mandibular advancement devices. Thermoplastic sleep guards use a special material that softens when heated in water, to provide a custom fit.
If you live in the Phoenix, Arizona area and you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, you should call 602-910-3860 to explore your sleep guard options available at Arizona Dental.