Silent Nite is a custom-made dental appliance that shifts the lower jaw into a forward position, opening the airway increasing oxygen levels while decreasing soft tissue vibration that cause snoring and sleep apnea
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 snoring. And snoring doesn’t merely interrupt your sleep cycle. The struggle for breath can result in increased blood pressure, which can damage the walls of the carotid arteries and increase the risk of stroke. At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway space can occur. If this period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds, it is referred to as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a medical condition with serious long-term effects.
Special connectors are attached to flexible upper and lower forms. The forms are custom laminated with heat and pressure to the mold taken by your dentist. The fit is extremely comfortable, permitting small movements of the jaw (TMJ) and allowing uninhibited oral breathing. For the majority of snorers, the most affordable, non-invasive, comfortable and effective snoring solution is a dentist-prescribed, oral snoring preventative device such as Silent Nite.
How Many Appointments Are Required?
Two. At the first visit, the doctor will take impressions (molds) of your teeth. Those molds are then sent to a lab who will fabricate the appliance. You will return a few weeks later to pick up your appliance. At that second visit, the doctor will make sure the appliance fits properly and explain care instructions.
We primarily serve Rockville, North Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, Potomac, Washington DC, Gaithersburg, Kensington, Germantown, Burtonsville, Laurel, Columbia and Northern Virginia (Mclean, Tysons Corner, Great Falls, Arlington ) but people travel from all over the country for our specialty and holistic dental services.