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Clear and even respiration when sleeping contributes to a good night’s sleep and contributes toward good health. Sleep apnea is a chronic respiratory condition that results with the soft palate and other soft tissues oral structures slip toward the back of the throat. This can cause breathing interruption, chronic snoring, and poor sleep quality.

If these symptoms go untreated, chronic sleep apnea can cause more significant complications. The breathing interruption can gradually start to tax your heart muscle and components of the respiratory system. This can lead to high blood pressure, as well as an increased chances of suffering heart disease, and stroke.

Having a physician diagnose the severity of your sleep apnea is important for determining the most effective treatment strategy. If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, you might need to sleep with a positive air pressure device, such as a CPAP machine.

If you have been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, you might find significant symptom relief from a snore guard provided by Dr. Dr. Melvin Ford, Dr. Klaus Guter, and Dr. James Gray at their orthodontic clinic in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

There are several different designs that they might recommend, depending on the specifics of your mouth, and your personal preference

A tongue stabilizing device, which is also known as a TSD doesn’t attach to the teeth. It can be helpful for people denture wearers with chronic sleep apnea. It helps to hold your tongue and soft palette in position to mitigate snoring and improve air flow.

Mandibular advance devices can come in a variety of different styles and designs. Most attach to the teeth and hinge together in some fashion. Each is designed to hold your mouth and soft palette in the ideal position to allow easy passage of air, thus reducing snoring problems.

Boil and bite snore guards are made from a special thermoplastic material. The unit softens when heated in simmering water. Once it becomes soft and pliable you bite down on it firmly. The snore guard material will then conform to the unique shape of your teeth before it hardens.

If you live in the Virginia Beach, Virginia area and you’re suffering with mild to moderate sleep apnea, you should call (757) 544-9192 to explore your snore guard options available at Oral Surgery of Tidewater today!