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Sleep apnea is a serious breathing condition that afflicts millions of Americans each year. In fact, The American Sleep Foundation estimates that more than 18 percent of adults suffer from some form of sleep apnea. Primary symptoms include excessive snoring and breathing interruption during sleep, which can result from changes in the position of the soft palate or excess fatty deposits in the neck.

There are several treatment options available to help mitigate these symptoms. Before embracing any of them, you should speak with your primary care physician to have the severity of your sleep apnea accurately diagnosed.

If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, you will likely need positive airway pressure treatment from the use of a CPAP machine. However, if you only experience minor-to-moderate sleep apnea symptoms, your dentist, Dr. David Umansky, can help you understand your snore guard options.

Thermoplastic snore guards are made from a material that softens when heated. Once the material is soft, you take it out of the water, give it a moment to cool, and bite down on it until the material hardens.

The custom fit helps the snore guard hold your mouth in the ideal position for improved passage of air and a good night’s rest.

Each morning you should clean and refresh the thermoplastic snore guard by rinsing it under lukewarm water. Avoid using hot water as this can cause the thermoplastic material to deform, which will require you to refit the snore guard. Then, dry the snore guard thoroughly with a clean paper towel and inspect it for any signs of wear and tear.

If you have been struggling with sleep apnea in Humble, Texas, you should call Aesthetic Dentistry Associates at 281-446-4700 to ask about a thermoplastic snore guard.