So you have been diagnosed with a snoring issue or even light to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). You and your doctor have selected upon a snoring mouthpiece or oral appliance therapy as your treatment. You have gone in to see the dentist, had your device built and custom-fitted to your single bite.
Your next task is critical: you need to use your new device regularly. However, just as important, it is crucial to maintain and store your equipment to ensure it works for a very long time.
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The advice below is general. Correct storing depends upon the materials your snoring mouthpiece, or oral appliance is made of; some do better if left drying, while others must be kept in water. When in doubt, consult your dentist or the device manufacturer.
Here are some common tips for storing your snoring mouthpiece or oral appliance:
- Do not store your device where children or pets can find it. They may find it entertaining, play with it and break it or damage it in the process.
- Wet or dry? Some devices are better kept in water; meanwhile, others store better in a dry setting. Find out which is best for your device.
- If you are given a storage container with your appliance, use it! It was created specially to match the size and shape of your device, after all. It will help traveling and taking your equipment to the doctor for checkups easy as well.
- Store cleaners correctly. If you are using manufacturer-specific cleaners, make sure you save these based on the package directions. Usually, they need to be kept in a cold, dark and dry place.
- Make sure you maintain the storage container as clean as the device. It makes no sense contaminating a clean device by putting it inside a dusty case. Clean it as you would do with your device. Whether you keep your device wet or dry, use the cover to keep out dust and other undesired particles.
Preserve your investment
With every visit you pay to the doctor, prepare to bring your device (and any additional pieces you might have), so this way they would be able to examine it for damage or possibly adjust it. They can also check to see how it is wearing over time and can help you get spare parts if necessary.
You have already gone through considerable trouble to figure out whether you need treatment for snoring or mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea, paying several trips to the dentist or doctor to build, fit and evaluate your snoring mouthpiece or oral appliance. You will also have follow-up appointments to guarantee your snoring mouth device or oral appliance is in a good state and serving well for you.
After all of this, it makes no sense to quit on cleaning and properly store your device. Make these tips a priority, and your device will serve you for years to come.
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