Chronic snoring and periodic breathing interruption are hallmark signs of a developing sleep apnea issue. While this might prove inconvenient for your spouse and other family members, chronic sleep apnea can lead to significant complications that extend beyond poor quality sleep.
If it’s not addressed in a reasonable amount of time untreated sleep apnea can start to tax your heart muscle. This can lead to problems with high blood pressure as well as an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
Having the severity of your sleep apnea professionally diagnosed by a physician is an important first step in developing an effective treatment plan. If a sleep study or other diagnostics reveals that you have mild to moderate sleep apnea, you might find symptom relief from a sleeping guard provided by a dentist like Dr. Richard Evans.
The specific design of sleep guard that he recommends for you will be based on your personal preference as well as other factors involving your oral structure.
A tongue stabilizing device is often preferable for individuals with a complete denture. This style of the removable oral appliance doesn’t need to attach to the teeth in any way. A mandibular advancement device typically attaches to the teeth and might also incorporate some hinges.
If you live in the La Mesa, California, region and you need a prescription sleep guard to address sleep apnea symptoms, you can call 619-460-0700 to schedule an appointment at Summit Dental of La Mesa.