Picture this: you’re lying in bed, just on the edge of sleep. It’s been a long day, and you’re happy to finally be drifting off… but then, you hear it. That rumbling, thunderous sound from the other side of the mattress, like a lion purring right before he pounces on some prey…
Luckily, there isn’t a lion on the other side of your bed. Unluckily, it’s your partner – and he’s snoring again.
Sound familiar? We’re not surprised. An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a condition in which the back of the throat cuts off the airway during sleep. This condition can cause the sufferer to snore – which can mean sleepless nights that put a strain on many relationships.
If you or your partner suffer from sleep apnea, don’t worry; help is on the way! There are a number of ways to treat this condition, from lifestyle changes to dental devices. Today, we’d like to talk about Silent Nite – a device that can make a big difference in the way you sleep.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea occurs when that back of your throat collapses in your sleep. This blocks your windpipe, making it more difficult to breathe throughout the night. As the air struggles to move through your windpipe, the surrounding tissue vibrates, creating the snoring sounds that keep our loved ones up all night. While sleep apnea can happen to anyone, there are some individuals who are at a greater risk. These people include:
- People who are overweight
- People over age 40
- People with a large neck, tonsils, or tongue
- People with acid reflux
- People with allergies, sinus problems, or a deviated septum
Individuals who are at risk can take some measures to mitigate their snoring. For example, they can sleep on their side, lose weight, or do throat exercises to strengthen the muscles. But sometimes, those steps simply aren’t enough – and that is when it’s time to talk to your dentist.
How Can Silent Nite Help?
At TruBlu Dentistry, we try to use technology to help our patients with sleep apnea. This means that we’ll provide our patients with tools they can use to stop their snoring, like Silent Nite. This is a custom-made dental device that can comfortably adjust your jaw to prevent snoring all night long.
Using Silent Nite is very simple; simply slip the device over your teeth like you would a mouth guard. The device will shift your lower jaw forward while you wear it, creating space in your throat for air to pass through. Just like that, you should be able to sleep comfortably, safely – and best of all, silently!
Because Silent Nite is a custom-made device, you can be sure that it will service your specific needs. The mouth guard is easy to wear, won’t cause jaw pain, and can stop your snoring. What could be better than that?
Get Your Mouth Guard Today
At TruBlu Dentistry, we know that snoring and sleep apnea can be very frustrating – for you and everyone else in your household! If you are interested in trying Silent Nite, the TruBlu team is happy to help you get fitted for the device.
We can also talk with you with other sleep apnea treatments, so don’t be afraid to ask us any questions about this condition!