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Sleep Apnea Appliance – Snore Guard

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Sleep apnea is a common health condition characterized by excessive, loud snoring as well as the cessation of breathing while asleep. For many people, it limits their ability to sleep peacefully and consistently throughout the night. A lack of adequate sleep impairs a person’s ability to function, which can have a severe impact on their health and lifestyle.

For those dealing with sleep apnea, there are treatments available to help with this disorder. A snore guard or sleep apnea appliance, similar in design to a sports mouth guard, is a suitable option for those with sleep apnea. Keep reading to learn more about the condition and how a sleep apnea appliance can help you get the rest you’ve been day-dreaming of.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that persistently disrupts a person’s rest. There are two main forms of this disorder.

  1.  The first occurs when the throat muscles relax during sleep and then collapse, which is called obstructive sleep apnea.
  2.  The second is known as central sleep apnea, and it occurs when the brain is unable to send the body signals to breathe.
  3. A third type is called complex sleep apnea, which is a combination of the two conditions.

Both men and women are affected by sleep apnea, but men are three times more likely to suffer this ailment. Women who have surpassed the menopausal age or are overweight have an increased chance of developing this condition. Overall, factors such as obesity, age, family history, nasal congestion, and smoking can also increase the risk.

What Is a Snore Guard?

A snore guard is an oral appliance that is given to people with sleep apnea. It is custom made to fit comfortably in the mouth of the wearer. The guard is inserted into the mouth to open the airway and increase its size so that the wearer can breathe throughout the night.

A snore guard limits interruption in breathing and encourages air to flow through the mouth and throat successfully. It also eliminates the various symptoms of sleep apnea such as loud snoring, gasping for air while sleeping, morning headaches, daytime fatigue, and others.

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What Are the Benefits of a Snore Guard?  

Comfortable

One of the advantages of using this device is the level of comfort it provides. Those suffering from sleep apnea will find that this sleep apnea appliance fits snugly into the mouth due to its simple design. It is not overly bulky yet performs as it should.

Portable

A snore guard can be carried around easily. It is portable, which limits the fear of resting somewhere other than home. You can get a peaceful sleep no matter where you are.

Discreet

The snore guard has an inconspicuous design. Only the person wearing the sleep apnea appliance is aware of its presence since it is small and well-fit. Also, unlike the CPAP machine, it is soundless and does not impact the sleep of others.

Better Sleep

The most obvious benefit of a snore guard is the quality of sleep it provides.  It is designed to counteract the effects of sleep apnea, providing adequate sleep to those who wear it.

 

Delightful Dental Care Can Help with Sleep Apnea

Delightful Dental Care, located in Kansas City, Missouri, offers treatments for those with sleep apnea. The snore guard is an excellent solution to disrupted sleep and snoring. If you are interested in a snore guard to use as a sleep apnea appliance, contact us. Our team will be more than happy to book you an appointment and discuss additional information.  

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Dr. Diana Tabakh and her friendly, experienced team at Delightful Dental Care offer gentle and affordable family dental care in the South Kansas City area. Our office is conveniently located on the east side of State Line Road between 119th Street and 135th Street. We offer appointment times Mondays and Wednesday through Saturday to meet your needs. At Delightful Dental Care, we provide dentistry for all ages and offer specialty procedures, including root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, sleep apnea oral appliances and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at 816-942-7669 to schedule an appointment.

Can a Custom Night Guard Stop Grinding?

Do you grind your teeth in your sleep? You may not even realize it. Believe it or not, it’s a fairly common problem that affects a lot of people. Tooth grinding is also known as bruxism and most often happens when people sleep and most people have no recollection of doing it. Often times, the spouse will hear grinding happen during the night. Occasional teeth grinding doesn’t usually cause harm, but when it occurs regularly, teeth can be damaged and other complications can arise.

 

Recognize the signs:

You need to know what signs to look for so you can identify Bruxism as the problem and seek help from your dentist so you can be examined signs of bruxism.

Here are the most common signs:

  • Headaches
  • Neck or facial pain
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Flat or chipped teeth
  • Waking up with sore jaw muscles

 

What Causes Teeth Grinding?

Stress and anxiety can cause teeth grinding; however, it can also be caused by a misaligned bite, crooked or missing teeth.

 

Can a Custom Night Guard Stop Grinding?

One of the most common treatments recommended by dentists is a custom night guard for people who grind their teeth while they’re sleeping. A custom night guard is a removable appliance that fits over your upper or lower teeth that is custom made for you. It is used to stop damage caused by grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep.

These night guards are aligners that help protect your teeth from the damage caused by grinding them against each other or clenching them together. They can also help position your jaw in a comfortable position and limit your ability to move your jaw while you’re sleeping.

 

Custom Night Guards vs. Over the Counter Night Guards

Even though the initial purchase of an over the counter night guard may cost less, a custom night guard made specifically for you by your dentist will be a better, more cost-effective solution. Custom night guards are made using a professional mold for your teeth, which will ensure a much more comfortable solution. They also take your jaw position into account, unlike their drugstore counterparts; without fitting your jaw and adjusting your aligner, you may end up with even more problems.

Chronic teeth grinding can result in the loosening, fracturing, or loss of teeth. It may wear teeth down to stumps. When that happens, implants, root canals, crowns and bridges, partial or even complete dentures may be needed.

 

Additional Treatments for Bruxism

Even though night guards are one of the most common treatments for bruxism, there are other things that may help.

Tips to help you stop teeth grinding include:

  • Avoid or cut back on foods and drinks that contain caffeine.
  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Do not chew on pens or pencils. Avoid chewing gum as it allows your jaw muscles to get more used to clenching and makes you more likely to grind your teeth.
  • Train yourself not to clench or grind your teeth. If you notice that you clench or grind during the day, position the tip of your tongue between your teeth. This practice trains your jaw muscles to relax.
  • Relax your jaw muscles at night by holding a warm washcloth against your cheek in front of your earlobe.

 

Delightful Dental Care can create a custom mouth guard for you

Delightful Dental Care offers 3D panoramic x-ray images for the highest quality diagnostic information for our patients. In using this 3D technology, they also provide sleep apnea appliances and night guards.

Tooth grinding isn’t something you need to live with. You can get relief and stop through proper treatment from your dentist. If you’re looking for a solution, or suspect you suffer from bruxism, please call our South Kansas City office at 816-942-7669 to schedule your appointment. We’ll evaluate your individual situation and talk with you about the best treatment for you.

 

Dr. Diana Tabakh and her friendly, experienced team at Delightful Dental Care offer gentle and affordable family dental care in the South Kansas City area. Our office is conveniently located on the east side of State Line Road between 119th Street and 135th Street. We offer appointment times Mondays and Wednesday through Saturday to meet your needs. At Delightful Dental Care, we provide dentistry for all ages and offer specialty procedures, including root canal treatment, teeth whitening, cosmetic dentistry, sleep apnea oral appliances and much more. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Please call us at 816-942-7669 to schedule an appointment.