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Is Snoring Ruining Your Sleep Each Night?

Posted in Snoring Therapy

Snoring can be a real problem for people you love who have their sleep disturbed each night by the loud noise. Some snoring is also related to sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing, which prevents people from getting enough quality sleep each night. The cause of snoring usually originates with the soft tissues in the back of the mouth. These tissues collapse together, causing a blockage or restriction of airflow; thus a snoring noise or lack of oxygen altogether. 

An oral sleep appliance can help people prevent snoring and also improve the quality of sleep that they and their family members enjoy. The prosthesis is designed to fit securely around the teeth and position the jaws in a way that is similar to what is used during rescue breathing in CPR. This naturally increases airflow without an invasive appliance like a CPAP machine. 

How does it work? The placement of the prosthesis on the teeth causes the lower jaw to come forward into a specific location. What this does is bring the tongue forward and away from the soft palate and back of the throat. As a result, these tissues cannot collapse against one another and block off the airway. 

Most patients that choose to have their dentist make an oral sleep appliance for them will see results in just the first night. Since the device works on anatomy, wearing it will instantly result in the correct position of the jaws so that oxygen flow can be maintained. 

Are you or your loved one struggling with getting a good night’s rest each night because of snoring? If you are, it’s time to schedule a quick visit to your dentist to find out how an oral sleep appliance can help in no time.

Posted on behalf of Find Local Dentists


Silent Nite

Posted in Snoring Therapy

Do you snore? Does someone in your family snore? Your dentist may be the answer you’ve been looking for! Silent Nite is an oral prosthesis that’s comfortable to wear, and can reduce or eliminate snoring problems. In addition to fighting snoring, Silent Nite is used by some patients to help combat chronic sleep disordered breathing problems like sleep apnea.

How does it work? Silent Nite is a clear, acrylic mouthpiece that looks like an upper and lower tray, attached by a small connector on either side. The prosthesis is worn when you go to bed, and guides the lower jaw into a forward position that prevents the collapse of the soft tissues in the back of the mouth. This technique is based on the airway opening process used in CPR rescue breathing. Patients find that Silent Nite helps them breath comfortably without the use of other types of equipment, and enjoy that they can roll over or sleep on their site without troublesome CPAP machines. Their loved ones love it because with Silent Nite, the snoring stops!

People that sleep better are able to work better during the day and have better overall health. They’re also less likely to suffer from conditions like gum disease, obesity, and diabetes. When you have quality sleep, your body can function better for the everyday stressors that you encounter.

Getting your Silent Nite device is simple. All that is needed is an impression of your teeth! Your dentist will send these off to Silent Nite labs, where your custom prosthesis will be made and ready to pick up in just 1 or 2 weeks.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group



Dental Treatment For Snoring

Posted in Snoring Therapy

Have you woken up your spouse because of your snoring? Or maybe you wake yourself up throughout the night? Whatever the case may be – if you are snoring and it’s impacting your sleep, then it’s time to see your dental professional about this issue. Because snoring is a common issue there are plenty of snoring therapy options for you. Consider discussing options for treating snoring with your dentist.

What causes snoring?

Snoring is most common in people that are overweight, older, and typically in men. Snoring can be caused by drinking alcohol or by taking medication that makes you sluggish. You can also expect to snore if you have a cold or flu.

What to do to stop the snoring?

  • Exercise
  • Lose weight
  • Don’t take medicines that make you drowsy
  • Don’t drink alcohol right before bed
  • Change your sleep position

What if none of those ideas work to stop the snoring?

You can be prescribed an oral appliance that helps to keep your airway open. In order to be prescribed this your dentist may ask you to participate in a sleep study.

Any emergencies?

If you are feeling more tired than normal when you get up or if you have frequent headaches, you will want to see your dental professional right away. These are symptoms of a more serious condition called, sleep apnea. If you do have sleep apnea there are other options such as a CPAP machine. A CPAP machine holds your airway open all night. This machine also gives you a constant flow of more oxygen.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group



Oral Sleep Appliances for Apnea and Snoring

Posted in Snoring Therapy

Did you know that an oral sleep appliance could be just as successful as other types of therapies in the treatment of sleep apnea, sleep disordered breathing, and snoring? In fact, some people find that wearing an oral sleep apnea appliance allows them to get rid of equipment like CPAP machines and begin experiencing relief from snoring or other symptoms on the first night that their aid is worn.

Oral sleep appliances use a natural way to open up the airway and increase oxygen flow. The device looks similar to a mouth guard, and guides the lower jaw forward in relationship to the upper jaw. This brings the tongue forward and keeps it from collapsing against the soft palate and back of the pharynx, which is a common cause of airway obstruction. As a result, the airway remains opened the entire time that the oral sleep appliance is worn.

People that have sleep apnea or similar conditions are likely to suffer effects from poor sleep. Strain on the heart and daytime cognitive functions can impact everyday activities and health. By getting a good night’s rest, both you and your loved one can experience decreased stress levels and live healthier lifestyles.

The cost of an oral sleep aid is minimal compared to other types of sleep appliances on the market. That and the minimally invasive approach to sleep apnea treatment make investing in an oral appliance well worth the consideration of most patients. If you suffer from chronic snoring or sleep disordered breathing, ask your dentist about a custom fitted oral appliance.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Lawrence Rosenman, Springfield Lorton Dental Group



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