Cleaning your OSA oral appliance
You got rid of your CPAP and finally found obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) liberation through your oral appliance. Now you just need to keep it clean and bacteria-free. Here are some tips for cleaning your oral appliance.
Brush your Appliance
It’s imperative that you brush your oral appliance before and after you use it. When your appliance is not cleaned appropriately, it creates a breeding ground for bacteria. While you are sleeping, your mouth produces less saliva. Thus, it is easier for these bacteria to build up. When you wear your appliance, it holds these bacteria closer to your tooth teeth. To prevent this bacteria accumulation, brush your appliance before and after each use.
Skip the Toothpaste
Toothpaste can scratch your oral appliance since it is abrasive. The abrasions leave spaces for bacteria to collect. The oral appliance can end up with discoloration and unpleasant odors. Instead, use hand soap and warm water to clean your appliance. Be sure to use a separate brush for your appliance since you do not want to use soap to brush your teeth.
Never Use Bleach
Bleach can cause the materials of your mandibular advancement device to breakdown. It also causes your appliance to smell. Plus, your appliance will taste like bleach.
Never Boil your Appliance
Never boil your mandibular advancement device to clean it. Also, don’t use extremely hot water either. The hot water can also damage your appliance and distort the plastic. Our Office formfitted the device to fit in your mouth precisely. When you lose this fit, you lose the function and comfort of the appliance. Furthermore, a distorted oral appliance can also cause your teeth to move out of alignment.
Drying your Appliance
Before you store your oral appliance, ensure that it is completely dry first. If left wet, it can promote bacteria growth.
Your oral appliance is a great investment in treating obstructive sleep apnea. You want to protect your investment so it can do its job more effectively.
If you think you have sleep apnea or want to know more about this dangerous disease, call our office. Let Drs. Nugent and West help you overcome your sleep apnea.