Does your jaw feel stiff or do you have difficulty opening your mouth wide? Are your teeth sensitive to cold drinks? Do your jaw muscles feel tired in the morning? You may be grinding your teeth at night (a medical condition called bruxism) or you may be clenching your teeth, which can be just as harmful. People with nighttime grinding habits may wear away their tooth enamel "ten times faster" than those without "abusive chewing habits". Eventually, your teeth may be worn down and destroyed.
In addition to relieving head, neck, jaw joint and shoulder pains, treating bruxism and clenching is cost effective compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding. Without treatment, crowns (caps), bridges, implants and dentures are often needed to repair or replace worn and damaged teeth. Ask us if a nightguard can help provide temporary relief from grinding, bruxing or clenching.
It is estimated that more than 80 million people in North America snore while sleeping. While snorers often do not seem to suffer from snoring themselves (excluding Sleep Apnea Disorder), their spouses and children are often repeatedly disturbed during their sleep cycles.
Unfortunately, left untreated snoring can produce tensions and even animosity among family members. Today however, thanks to extensive research and documented effectiveness, your dentist can now prescribe an affordable, custom made, SILENTNITE snoring prevention device.
What causes snoring?
During sleep, the muscles, soft tissues in the throat (pharynx) and mouth relax making the breathing airway smaller. This decrease in the airway space increases the velocity of air flowing though 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.
How Does The SILENTNITE 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 to 100%.