It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping. While snorers often do not seem to suffer from snoring themselves (excluding Sleep Apnea Disorder), their spouses and children are often repeatedly disturbed during their sleep cycles.
Unfortunately, snoring can produce tensions and even animosity among family members if left untreated.
Today, however, thanks to extensive research and documented effectiveness, we can prescribe an affordable, custom made snoring prevention device called Silent NiteTM.
What Causes Snoring?
During sleep, the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, making the breathing airway smaller. This decrease in the airway space increases the velocity of air flowing through the airway during breathing. As the velocity of required air is increased in the constricted space, soft tissues like the soft palate and the uvula vibrate. These vibrations of the soft tissues in the mouth and throat result in what is called noisy breathing or generally referred to as snoring. It should also be noted that sleep studies have shown that excess body weight, heavy alcohol consumption and other sedatives have been shown to increase the severity of snoring.
A relaxed and collapsed airway produces soft tissue vibrations during breathing, which results in snoring. Surgical techniques to remove respiration pairing structures such as uvula, enlarged tonsils and adenoids have been among the many attempted snoring remedies. These soft tissue surgical procedures have shown only moderate success rates (e.g., 20 to 40%). At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway space by the soft tissues and the tongue can occur. This is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea if the period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds. For the majority of snorers, however, the most affordable, non-invasive, comfortable and effective snoring solution remains a dentist-prescribed oral snoring preventative device, such as Silent Nite.
How Does Silent Nite Prevent Snoring?
Snoring research has also shown that custom fabricated dental devices worn at night that move the lower jaw into a forward position increase the three dimensional space in the airway tube which reduces air velocity and soft tissue vibration. By increasing the volumetric capacity of the airway and preventing soft tissue vibrations, snoring is eliminated. In clinical research studies, these dentist-prescribed oral devices have exhibited initial snoring prevention success rates of 70 to 100 percent.
With a Silent Nite device the airway remains open, allowing easier breathing and preventing snoring.
The Silent Nite device positions the lower jaw into a forward position by means of special connectors that are attached to transparent flexible upper and lower forms. The forms are custom laminated with heat and pressure to the dentist's model of the mouth. The fit is excellent and comfortable.
Breathing Is Easier With Silent Nite
Silent Nite devices do not interfere with breathing through the mouth. Even in cases of congested nasal passages, the device prevents snoring and allows uninhibited oral breathing. Small movements of the jaw (temporomandibular joint or TMJ) are possible while wearing a Silent Nite device. This movement potential helps minimize stiffness in the joints of the jaw in the morning. The Silent Nite device may leave a slight sensation of the jaws being out of alignment upon wakening. This feeling is due to lymphatic fluid-build up in the jaw joint that occurs overnight and will rapidly subside in minutes. Silent Nite devices help promote deeper, more restful sleep by preventing snoring.
The custom design of the Silent Nite will insure comfort and effectiveness. More restful sleep may be in your future.
We have a simple take-home checklist that, when filled out with your partner, will help determine the exact design of your Silent Nite. Ask us for a copy and fill it out tonight. We will be able to advise you whether this device could help you or your loved ones obtain better, more healthful sleep.
If you're interested in snoring treatment, call us at 1-866-970-0441. We'll put you in touch with a great dentist today!