Getting a restful night of sleep can be a challenge when you or someone in your household snores. According to the National Sleep Foundation, snoring “affects approximately 90 million American adults”. Snoring can negatively affect not only the person who snores but their spouse and children as well. One of the most common negative effects is a disrupted sleep cycle for you and your partner. Other negative effects include but are not limited to soaring blood pressure and increased risk for stroke.
What Causes Snoring?
When you are asleep the muscles and soft tissues in your mouth and throat relax. This shrinks the airway and causes the soft tissues to vibrate while you are breathing. These vibrations result in that familiar sound of snoring. In severe cases, the soft tissues and the tongue can create a complete blockage of the airway. This can cause asphyxiation, which is when you are receiving limited amounts of oxygen. If you experiencing asphyxiation for 10 seconds or longer it is an indication of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
How To Prevent Snoring
Tooth Time Family Dentistry’s offers Dentist-Prescribed Oral Appliance called Silent Nite. Silent Nite is a dental device that positions the lower jaw forward using its Side-Link connectors. The forward position of the lower jaw opens the airway and makes breathing easier. The device is custom to each individual for a comfortable fit made with a soft inner layer and hard outer layer that is not only durable but, BPA-free as well. Silent Nite has been proven to help eliminate snoring in 8 out of 10 patients and can help you receive more restful nights.
Are you ready to say goodbye to snoring? Give your local Tooth Time office a call today and ask them about Silent Nite!