Snoring is a widespread condition that affects millions of Americans. Not only does it interfere with an individual’s ability to get a good night’s sleep, but it can cause relationship stress and has been linked to a number of serious health conditions including sore throat and headaches, chronic fatigue, poor concentration, excessive daytime drowsiness, heart failure, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. Fortunately, a solution is available that offers quick, painless, and long-lasting relief.
The SomnoGuard AP is a two-part oral appliance that is custom molded by your physician during a brief fitting appointment. Constructed of a thermodynamic material that becomes pliable when heated, it is custom fitted to a patient’s bite, ensuring a snug, perfect fit. Snoring is the result of an airway obstruction caused by the throat, tongue, uvula, and soft palate vibrating together, due to poor muscle tone or excessive throat tissue. When the SomnoGuard AP is in place, it advances the lower jaw forward, preventing these structures from coming into contact with each other. This keeps the airway open and allows for unobstructed breathing. It is an effective treatment for both snoring and mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea.
Complications from using the device include dental movement, TMJ, and muscle soreness. Some patients report excessive salivation, toothaches, and nausea. The appliance is adjustable and can easily be refitted by your physician or dentist, a simple process that may reduce the severity and frequency of any side effects.
If snoring is affecting your quality of life and other remedies have been ineffective, SomnoGuard AP may be the perfect solution for you! Talk to our ENT specialists or visit 1st Line Medical for more information. A good night’s sleep and a pathway to better health are just a phone call or mouse click away.
Call ENT Associates of East Texas at (903) 592-5601 for more information or to schedule an appointment.