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Snoring And Sleep Apnea

One Third Of The Population Snores

It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping. Spouses and children are often repeatedly disturbed during their sleep cycles by a snoring family member, which can lead to tensions and animosity. Snoring can kill you, according to a UCLA School of Dentistry study: the struggle for breath can result in soaring blood pressure which can damage the walls of the carotid arteries and increase the risk of stroke. Fortunately, using the Silent Nite snore prevention devise, dentists can now provide most persons with cost effective relief.

What Causes Snoring?

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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. The 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.

Surgical techniques to remove respiration impairing 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%). 5 At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway space by the soft tissues and the tongue can occur. If the period of asphyxiation last longer than 10 seconds, this is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA can be a serious medical condition and your dentist may refer you to a sleep specialist. For the majority of snorers however, the most affordable, non-invasive, comfortable, and effective snoring solution remains the dentist prescribed oral snoring preventative device, such as the SILENT NITE.

How Does The SILENT NITE Prevent Snoring?

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Snoring research has also shown that custom fabricated dental devices work 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 dentists prescribed oral devices have exhibited initial snoring prevention success rates of between 70 to 100%.

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 A SILENT NITE

My Ashburn Dentist Silent Nite Connectors

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 haw in the morning. The SILENT NITE device may produce 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.

More Restful Sleep May Be In Your Future

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Your dentist has a simple take-home check-list that, when filled out with your partner, will help determine the exact design of you SILENT NITE. Your dentist will be able to advise you whether this device could help you or your loved ones obtain better, more healthful and restful sleep.

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