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    Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment

    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 device, dentists can now provide most persons with cost effective relief.

    What Causes Snoring?
    During sleep, the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and moth 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 constricting space, soft tissues like the soft palate and uvula vibrate. These vibrations 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.

    For the majority of snorers, 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?
    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 between 70-100%. 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.

    Contact us for more information about Sleep Apnea and Snoring Treatment.


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