Are you one of the thousands of patients at Comprehensive Sleep Care Center using ApneaGuard℠ with SomnoDent Oral appliance therapy to treat their sleep apnea? Caring for your oral device is very important. Here are 5 tips for caring for your oral device.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), also called Jaw Advancing Device (JAD) or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) is recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Our ApneaGuard℠ with SomnoDent is a FDA approved. It is non-invasive, adjustable and a portable treatment for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. It is also an alternative treatment in cases where patients are unable to tolerate CPAP therapy.
Caring for your Oral Device
- Always keep your device out of direct sunlight and at a temperature over 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Store your ApneaGuard℠ with SomnoDent per the device instructions. Keep it away from pets and small children. As they can find your device particularly interesting and unfortunately any damage caused is not covered under warranty unless it is a manufacturer’s defect.
- By storing in water, the material will not dry out and will help prevent cracks, corrosion and possible discoloration of the metal components (caused by buildup of salts and saliva). The device should be fully submerged. When travelling clean the device thoroughly, dry with a cloth and place in the storage container without water and place the lid on.
- Do not use toothpaste on the device as it contains abrasives and may damage device
- Never use hot water on the as it will damage the device
Additional Tips for Your Oral Appliance Therapy
- At night, clean your teeth and mouth thoroughly before wearing your device
- Always wear both upper and lower plates together; wearing only one plate renders the device ineffective
- In the morning, you may find it helpful to chew gum or do jaw motion exercises to help alleviate any stiffness after wearing the device overnight
If you have signs or symptoms of sleep apnea, take the first step. Call and schedule a consultation with one of our sleep medicine physicians, or ask your doctor about a sleep referral to the Comprehensive Sleep Care Center.
If you are struggling with any of the issues discussed in this article, contact Comprehensive Sleep Care Center for a consultation and Say Hello to Sleep Again…