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, the soft tissues vibrate. The vibrations of these tissues result in “noisy breathing” or snoring.
Four surgical techniques used to remove respiration impairing structures have shown only moderate success rates (20-40%). For most snorers, however, the most affordable, noninvasive, comfortable, and effective snoring solution remains a dentist-prescribed snore prevention device, such as a Silent Nite SL.
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 slide-link connectors are attached to transparent flexible upper and lower forms. The forms 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.