Snoring and Sleep Apnea

The dangers of snoring

Relaxed and collapsed airway produces soft tissue vibrations during breathing, which results in snoring.

It is estimated that more than 90 million North Americans snore1. Taking into account the snorer’s spouse and children, as many as 160 million people are negatively affected by snoring. And snoring doesn’t merely interrupt your sleep cycle. The struggle for breath can result in soaring blood pressure, which can damage the walls of the carotid arteries and increase the risk of stroke2. At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway space by the soft tissues and the tongue can occur. If this period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds, it is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a medical condition with serious long-term effects3.

What causes snoring?

During sleep, muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, shrinking the airway. This increases the velocity of airflow during breathing. As the velocity of required air is increased, soft tissues like the soft palate and uvula vibrate. The vibrations of these tissues result in “noisy breathing” or snoring.4

Surgical techniques used to remove respiration impairing structures have shown only moderate success rates (20 to 40 percent).5 For the majority of snorers, however, the most affordable, noninvasive, comfortable and effective snoring solution remains a dentist-prescribed snore prevention device, such as Silent Nite SL.

How can I prevent snoring?

The Silent Nlte SL device prevents snoring by opening the airway and making breathing easier.

Silent Nite SL is a custom-fabricated dental device that moves the lower jaw into a forward position, increasing space in the airway tube and reducing air velocity and soft tissue vibration. Special Slide-Link connectors are attached to transparent flexible upper and lower splints. The splints are custom laminated with heat and pressure to the dentist’s model of the mouth. The fit is excellent and comfortable, permitting small movements of the jaw (TMJ) and allowing uninhibited oral breathing.

More restful sleep may be in your future

Dr. Sunners has a simple checklist that will help determine the exact design of your Silent Nite SL.  He 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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  2. Friedlander AH, Yueh R. Llttncr MR. The prevalence of calcified carotid artery atheromas in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.JOml MaxiJIofac Surg. 1998;56(8),950-4.
  3. American Academy of Sleep Medidne. International Classification ofSleejJ Disorders (lCSD), Rochester. Minn., 1990.
  4. Isono S, Remmers]. Anatomy and physiology of upper airway obstruction. Kryger MH, Roth T, Dement \Ve, eds. Principles and Practice of Sleep Medici”e, 2nd ed. \VB Saunders and Co. 1994,642-56.
  5. Kopp HP. Snore Device Specifications. ERKOOENT Erich Kopp GmbH, Siemen-strasse 3, 0-72285 Pfalzgrafenweiler; Gcnnany.
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