Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

3 Tips For Using Your Sleep Apnea Device Correctly

by Charlotte Beck

Finding an appliance that works well for your sleep apnea is one thing. Using the device properly is something entirely different. One thing that many people forget is the need for ongoing maintenance. As you change, so will your sleep apnea needs. Discover some of the steps you should take to make your sleep apnea device just as effective six months from now as it is today.

1. Adjustments

Did you know that your jaw bone doesn't always stay in the same alignment? Over time, it's not uncommon for a person's jaw to advance forward or for their muscles to relax and their jaw to move slightly lower. Oral sleep apnea devices only work well when they fit the individual's mouth precisely.  Even a small gap in the fit of the device can render the device useless. You should visit your medical provider periodically to have your sleep apnea device adjusted. Your provider will be able to tell you how frequently you need to make your adjustment appointment. 

2. Replacement

As with everything us, sleep apnea devices do have a lifespan. The goal is to be able to recognize when it's time for your device to be replaced. For nasal masks, look for signs of holes or rips in the mask. If you notice any of these types of imperfections, you need to replace the cover immediately. For an oral device, look for the same types of imperfections. If you are using a CPAP machine, look over the tubing occasionally to look for signs of wear, as well. If the tubing has any holes, air will be able to leak out of the tubing.

3. Cleaning

You might look at your mouth and face as two of the cleanest parts of your body, and they may very well be. However, this fact does not mean that they are germ-free. At any given time, there are likely all sorts of bacteria on your face and inside your mouth. When you use your sleep apnea device, these bacteria travel to the device.

As the bacteria settle on the device, they can harbor more bacteria and expand, which can make you sick. Look at the guidelines for your device and ensure you are cleaning it as recommended to protect your health. Speak with your medical provider if you have any questions about the adjustment, replacement, or proper cleaning process for your sleep apnea appliance. Your provider will happily work with you to ensure you get the full benefit from your apnea device. 


About Me

Learning to Manage Your Dental Problems

As a homeschool parent and independent contractor, I don't always have time to practice good dental care. I often find myself in a rush just to meet my daily tasks and goals. My lack of good dental care eventually caught up with me. After experiencing severe pain in my back tooth, I made an appointment with my dentist. My dentist found a large hole in the center of the tooth. Root canal treatment couldn't save the tooth, so my dentist extracted it. I learned a very painful and valuable lesson that day. No matter how hectic my life is, I should still make time to brush and floss my teeth properly. I'm here to help you and other people avoid painful dental problems with my blog. I offer tips on how to keep your teeth clean and how to spot dental problems before they get out of control. Good luck.