While snoring has become a joke in cartoons, it is no laughing matter. Snoring often indicates health problems like sleep apnea, a disease that reduces your oxygen intake and leaves you feeling fatigued the next day. If you have issues with snoring, ask one of our dentists at Manchester Dental Group in Manchester, VT, about snore guards.
A snore guard is a dental device that repositions your lower jaw to keep your airway open. When people sleep, their airway constricts because their muscles, like the tongue, relax to block it partially or completely.
To prevent the blocking of your airway, the dental device moves the lower jaw forward to keep the airway open and prevent snoring sounds. Two types of devices are available, prefabricated, or customized guards.
Prefabricated, or “boil and bite,” snoring mouthpieces are one of the options for people who snore. They need to place it into boiling water to soften the material, and after cooling for a few minutes, users can place them in their mouths and bite down on them.
Biting down makes an impression of the users’ teeth in the softened material. After making the impression, users can remove the guards and put them in cold water to set it. After removing the guards from the water, they are ready to use.
Our dentists at Manchester Dental Group can help you with a customized snore guard to keep your airway open and reduce snoring. When you visit our office in Manchester, VT, we will take an impression of your teeth and create the guard from it.
When the snore guard comes back from our laboratory, our dentists will ensure the fit of the mouthpiece before you use it for the first time. Along with snoring reduction, you may feel more refreshed in the mornings because you’re breathing better while you’re sleeping.
If you often feel tired after waking up in the morning or your spouse has complained about your snoring, visit us at Manchester Dental Group in Manchester, VT, to ask about custom snore guards. Using one can improve the quality of sleep and stop your snoring.