Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Care
Keeping your oral appliance clean can help you avoid bad breath, oral infections, and other common dental appliance. If you have a sleep apnea oral appliance, taking a few extra minutes to clean and store it properly can extend its life.
1. Clean your appliance with a toothbrush and gentle toothpaste. Avoid using whitening toothpastes, baking soda, peroxide, and other harsh or abrasive cleansers. Use cool water only. Warm or hot water can warp the appliance so that it no longer fits or functions the way it should.
2. Avoid using any cleaners not specifically made for cleaning your appliance. Alcohol, effervescent denture cleaners, mouthwash, and similar products can weaken or stain the appliance.
3. DentaSOAK retainer cleaner can be used periodically to disinfect your appliance when necessary. You can also bring your appliance to us, and we can disinfect it safely and effectively for you.
When you clean your appliance, avoid letting it soak for more than 15 minutes at a time. Store it dry. You can rinse it before placing it back in your mouth for comfort. If your oral appliance becomes warped or otherwise damaged, call us as soon as possible. We will help you determine the best course of action or order a new one so that you are getting the most out of your treatment. Give us a call today to learn more about taking care of your new appliance or to schedule an appointment with our expert in sleep apnea in Los Angeles.