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Sleep apnea is an oral condition that involves the soft palate and areas of the upper respiratory system and can manifest as snoring and interrupted breathing during sleep. You can consider many different treatment options, and a professional diagnosis at Zonies-Holgado Dental Associates can help you choose the most effective one. Depending on the severity of your sleep apnea and its symptoms, we may recommend an oral sleep appliance.

Effective treatment for sleep apnea problems depends on the severity of the condition, and we encourage you to consult with your primary physician to receive a diagnosis of your sleep apnea. Severe sleep apnea may necessitate the use of a positive airway device, or CPAP, throughout the night.

A snore guard may be sufficient to control mild to moderate sleep apnea and provide relief from symptoms. You can choose from varying designs, though the principle is the same–the appliance will adjust the position of the jaw so that the soft palate won’t collapse and obstruct the airway. One of the types of snore guards is a mandibular advancement device, which attaches to your teeth to hold the soft palate in a position that doesn’t allow it to fall back toward the throat. This can reduce or prevent snoring and obstructed breathing while you sleep.

When you remove your snore guard each morning, it will need to be cleaned with a  non-abrasive toothpaste and soft-bristled toothbrush, especially around any joints or hinges or that can receive plaque buildup. Then, dry the device with a clean paper towel before storing it in a safe place during the day.

If you are tired of snoring and sleep apnea and would like to try a sleep apnea oral appliance in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, contact Zonies-Holgado Dental Associates at 856-429-4600 today and schedule a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Marco Holgado.