How Important Is A Night Guard For Sleep Apnea?
If you’re a snorer, you may have heard of sleep apnea before, but not been sure whether the term applies to you. What exactly is sleep apnea? Is snoring bad for you? And how can a night guard help you if you do have it? Let’s dive into sleep apnea, its symptoms, and what you can do about treating it.
What is sleep apnea?
Basically, sleep apnea is a condition that means you stop breathing while you’re asleep. Typically, this only lasts a few seconds, and so isn’t usually dangerous. Because sleep apnea may be caused by a blockage in your airway as you sleep, it may cause you to gasp or snore throughout the night.
What are the reasons for snoring?
There are a few reasons for snoring, but it’s often a main symptom of a blockage caused by sleep apnea. And while snoring itself might not be bad for you, it means you aren’t getting good quality, uninterrupted sleep — which is really important for your health and wellbeing. Getting a full night’s sleep allows you to remain alert and focused throughout the day, fight off illnesses and keep your teeth in good condition.
Ever woken up in the morning with a dry mouth? The reason may have been blocked nasal passages. When your airway is blocked during sleep, you may end up sleeping with your mouth open to help you breathe more easily. Unfortunately, this dries out your mouth, and it can mean more than a bit of dry mouth in the morning. Our saliva naturally contains amazing antibacterial properties, and if your mouth is drying out when you sleep, your saliva can’t work to clean your teeth. Untreated, sleep apnea can also cause you to grind your teeth as you sleep, a condition known as bruxism which can further damage your pearly whites, so it’s vital to treat sleep apnea before these things become a problem.
Treating sleep apnea
At this point, you may be asking yourself ‘What can I do about my snoring?’. There are a variety of things that might be causing your snoring or sleep apnea, including;
- The shape of your soft palate or tonsils
- A family history of sleep conditions
- The position in which you sleep
- Chronic sinus or other nasal problems
- Lifestyle factors including weight, or consuming alcohol or tobacco
If you’re unsure about what might be causing your sleep apnea, it’s always advisable to consult your doctor.
Getting immediate relief
To deal with the symptoms of sleep apnea, a mouth guard can be a really effective treatment. Snoring is caused by your tongue or jaw relaxing while you’re asleep and blocking your airway. Mouthguards work to subtly alter your oral posture, returning the natural flow of air and allowing you to get a good night’s sleep.
We intentionally designed our Sleep Guardian Anti-Snoring Device to give you and your partner a restful and rejuvenating night’s sleep. The plastic device is fitted to your teeth and works by advancing the jaw slightly to open up a clear airway for an unimpeded flow of air. Browse our collection today to see which night guard could be the solution for you.