For most Sleep Apnea patients, the most affordable, non-invasive, comfortable, and effective snoring solution remains an The Smile Department – Ault prescribed snoring preventative device. Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) look like mouth guards and hold the jaw down and forward to permit the airway to remain open. There are also Tongue Retraining Devices (TRD) to keep the tongue from blocking the airway. Among other sleep apnea treatments, our office is proud to offer patients the Silent Night system.
Silent Nite sl is a custom-fabricated dental device that moves the lower jaw into a forward position, increasing space in the airway tube and reducing air velocity and soft tissue vibration. Special connectors are attached to transparent flexible upper and lower splints. To determine the patient’s starting anteriorization, a bite registration should be taken using the sl-protrusion gauge. The sl-protrusion gauge is designed to directly register the appropriate mandibular advancement (protrusion) for the patient receiving the Silent Nite sl.The splints are custom-laminated with heat and pressure to the dentist’s model of the mouth. The fit is excellent and comfortable, permitting small movements of the jaw (TMJ) and allowing uninhibited oral breathing.
Overall, when sleep apnea is successfully treated there are numerous health beneﬁts to be gained. It is vital to obtain adequate sleep for overall health and wellness. It is during sleep that we become restored, memories are ingrained, hormones reset, and we feel rested and ready to start a new day. By treating sleep apnea we are also practicing prevention by improving cardiovascular outcomes, hormonal balance, and sense of overall health.
Call The Smile Department – Ault today for more information about the sleep apnea treatment methodologies we employ, and what you can expect for your unique case. (970) 834-2058