1. 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 a snore prevention device can now provide most persons
with cost effective relief.
2. 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.
Surgical techniques to remove respiration impairing structures
such as uvula, enlarged tonsils and
adenoids have been amoung the many attempted snoring remedies. These soft tissue surgical
procedures have shown only moderate success rates (20 to 40%). 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 lasts longer than 10 seconds, this is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA
can be a serious medical condition and we may refer you to a sleep specialist if you exhibit these
symptoms. For the majority of snorers however, the most affordable, noninvasive, comfortable
and effective snoring solution remains the dentist prescribed oral snoring prevention device.
3. How Do Snore Devices Work?
Snoring research has 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,
reducing air velocity and soft tissue vibration. By increasing the volumetric capacity of the airway
and preventing soft tissue vibrations, snoring is reduced or eliminated. In clinical research studies,
these dentist prescribed oral devices have exhibited initial snoring prevention success rates
between 70 to 90%.
The Silent Night device used by our office positions the lower
jaw into a forward position by
means of special connectors that are attached to transparent flexible upper and lower form. The
forms are custom laminated with heat and pressure to a model of the mouth. The fit is
comfortable and adjustable to maximize the effects of the device.
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 the device.
This movement potential helps minimize stiffness in the joints of the jaw in the morning. The
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.
4. A Final Word.....
No treatment for snoring has been shown to be 100% effective. However, in the proper situation
snore devices have been shown to help promote deeper, more restive sleep by preventing snoring.
Through proper diagnosis we will determine if a snore device is right for you.