It's one thing to be kept awake at night from outside noise. It's quite another thing to be jarred out of sleep by the sound of your partner's snoring.
But unlike the noise outside your window, snoring is controllable. And it's more than just a nuisance -- it can cause serious health problems. According to the UCLA School of Dentistry, snoring can cause your blood pressure to soar, cause damage to your arteries and increase the risk of stroke.
Dental treatment for snoring includes oral appliances such as Silent Nite. Resembling a night guard, Silent Nite is a custom-made snore prevention device that is flexible, thin and comfortable to wear.
Snoring occurs during sleep when the muscles are relaxed and the breathing airway constricts. This constriction increases the speed of air going through, which in turn causes the soft palate and uvula to vibrate. This vibration is what we know as snoring.
The Silent Nite device moves the lower jaw into a forward position in order to increase the airway space and reduce air velocity and soft tissue vibration.
Silent Nite's transparent, flexible forms are customized to fit your upper and lower jaws. Comfortable and easy to use, Silent Nite also helps minimize stiff jaw joints, reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease and reduce the risk of ADHD in children. And unlike surgery, Silent Nite is non-invasive, cost-effective, comfortable to wear and easy to care for.
Keep in mind that your dentist may suggest certain lifestyle changes before prescribing an oral appliance such as Silent Nite. Losing weight, avoiding drinking alcohol before bedtime and changing sleep positions are all ways that can help stop snoring.