Top 5 Tips For Keeping Your SomnoDent Clean
If you having recently become a SomnoDent patient, or if you are thinking about having this oral device improve your sleep by treating your mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), then you might be thinking about how best to keep the oral device clean. The acrylic and, in some cases, the soft liner of the SomnoDent have a very important job to do as they work towards moving the lower jaw slightly forward in order to prevent the soft tissue at the back of the throat area from collapsing the airway and obstructing airflow. It follows then that keeping your oral device in tip-top condition is going to be important. Here are 5 top tips on how to keep your SomnoDent clean.
Brush them – gently
Keep your SomnoDent clean by brushing it with the brush enclosed in your retainer case and/or with a soft bristle brush. You will be able to remove your device every morning and carry out your own dental hygiene routine. This is a great time for you to clean your SomnoDent oral device as well. Don’t use toothpaste to brush your device, because the abrasives in toothpaste can cause scratches and potentially damage your device. Use a soft toothbrush, with gentle brushing motions on your device.
Only wear your SomnoDent on teeth that are clean
It is very important that you clean your teeth before you wear your device each night. Not only will you experience discoloration and strong odors, but you will also increase bacteria on your device if you do not wear your SomnoDent on clean teeth.
Keep it safe
Have you got into the habit of taking out your oral device and leaving them on your nightstand or next to the bathroom sink? This is one sure fire way for your device to breed bacteria. Always rinse off your device with water after they are removed from your mouth so that saliva doesn’t dry onto them. After you clean your device we recommend that you store them based on your device specifications. You can click here to read storage recommendations.
To maintain fit and longevity of your SomnoDent oral device, avoid placing it in direct sunlight, leaving it in your vehicle, and/or hot or boiling water to clean your device.
SomnoMed has an easy to use cleaning tablet to keep your SomnoDent clean. Exclusively manufactured for SomnoMed and specifically designed for use with SomnoMed devices; SomTabs helps to keep your SomnoDent oral device in pristine working condition. Watch the video below or click here to learn more about SomTabs and maintaining your device.
Mild dish soap, partial denture cleaner (low efferdent, use a 1/4 of the tab as most denture cleaner can be harmful to the soft inner liner and/or metal in your device) and/or a vinegar/water solution are other cleaning options you can use, but if you see any discoloration, stop and ask your dentist for another suggestion. Avoid soaking your device in a cleaning solution for more than 15 minutes each day.