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Breathing interruption and snoring problems that result from poor soft palate position and sleep apnea can cause poor sleep and can have a negative impact on your quality of life. Severe sleep-apnea issues often require a positive air pressure device or CPAP machine to affect symptoms. However, minor to moderate sleep-apnea issues can often be addressed by wearing a snore guard when you go to bed at night.

By law, a quality snore guard must be prescribed by a physician, orthodontist or other oral healthcare professional. It’s important to have your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed to make sure you are using the most effective treatment options.

Mandibular advancement snore guards come in several styles and designs. Many of the popular snore guards attach to the teeth and hinge together. These snore guards are designed to hold your mouth and soft palate in the ideal positions to allow the easy passage of air, thus reducing snoring problems.

Each morning, you should clean and refresh the snore guard by rinsing it under water and brushing it with a soft-bristled toothbrush and nonabrasive toothpaste. Be sure to thoroughly brush the hinges. If it needs further refreshing, you can soak it briefly in a mixture of water and antiseptic mouthwash.

After rinsing and brushing, you should dry the snore guard with a clean paper towel and store it in the case provided.

If you are struggling with sleep-apnea symptoms in Charlotte, North Carolina, you should call Prosthodontics of the Carolinas at 704-364-3770 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Ralph Hoffmann, to see if a mandibular advancement device snore guard is right for you.