If you snore or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, this may be due to how your mouth and tongue are positioned when you sleep. By using a night guard that is form-fitted to your teeth and the structure of your mouth, your jaw will be held in place allowing you to breathe normally and fall asleep without incident.
People who snore sometimes grind their teeth as well. Using a night guard prevents the teeth from grinding together or being worn down from the constant pressure. Because a mouth guard keeps the teeth slightly separated, it can also help you to breathe more efficiently while you're sleeping.
The TAP3, or Thornton Adjustable Positioner, is a special device used in the treatment of both snoring and sleep apnea. The device are made up of two, custom-made pieces that snap firmly onto the upper and lower teeth. These are worn in much the same was a sports guard or retainer that is provided to protect the teeth from injury. Each plate is designed to do two things. First, they move the lower jaw forward. Secondly, they keep the tongue and soft tissues of the mouth remain in place so they don't collapse or fall backward and obstruct the throat. The TAP3 design offers maximum comfort and can be adjusted numerous times to fit the structure of the mouth and maintain proper positioning of the jaw during sleep.
Snoring and sleep apnea can eventually lead to more serious health conditions. Sleep apnea, prevents you from getting the sleep that your body needs. Another main problem with sleep apnea is that you stop breathing for long periods of time without realizing it. This results in a dramatic decrease in the amount of oxygen in your blood stream.
When your brain goes without sufficient amounts of oxygen for long periods of time, you will most likely wake up feeling more tired than you did when you went to bed. You may experience frequent headaches when you wake up that gradually go away as your brain begins to take in more oxygen. If you experience any of these indicators, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hashemi to find out if you may have sleep apnea.
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