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Snoring and bruxism
Silensor – anti-snoring device

Snoring occurs during sleep due to the difficulty of air passing through the upper airways. A person who snores produces noise because the lower jaw and tongue fall back, causing the soft palate and surrounding throat structures to vibrate. About 45% of adults occasionally snore, while about 25% snore regularly.

Sleep apnea represents a complete cessation of breathing that lasts for several seconds and can repeat multiple times during the night.

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can occur together or separately, but what is most important is that both significantly affect the quality of sleep and human health.

Causes of snoring

  • Anatomy of the airways: Deviated nasal septum, lowered uvula, and enlarged adenoids are some anatomical causes that can lead to snoring.
  • Risk factors: Obesity significantly affects the occurrence of snoring, as obese people are much more likely to snore. Also, snoring is more common in the male population.
  • Lifestyle habits: People who consume alcohol and cigarettes are more likely to snore. Those who habitually sleep on their backs are also much more often affected by snoring because, in that position, air passes more difficultly through the upper airways.
  • Health conditions: Colds, allergies, or any other health condition that can affect the smooth passage of air through the nose and throat can lead to snoring.

Consequences of snoring

People who suffer from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea have significantly poorer sleep quality, wake up tired, and feel sleepy no matter how many hours they sleep.

This happens because these individuals take in significantly less oxygen during sleep, which additionally burdens the heart and the entire vascular system. In the long term, this condition can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems.

Snoring also affects the entire family because when someone in the house snores, other members cannot sleep either. The fact that in any situation a person disturbs their surroundings while sleeping leads to negative psychological and social effects.

Treatments for snoring

  • Lifestyle changes: Reducing body weight and avoiding alcohol and cigarettes can significantly reduce the occurrence of snoring.

Snoring can also be influenced by the use of various sleeping devices, such as:

  • Nasal strips: Can help people who have reduced airflow through the nose.
  • CPAP device: A mask worn during sleep that introduces air into the upper airways under pressure when a blockage occurs.
  • Silensor dental appliance: A simple device worn on the teeth during sleep, which serves to open the upper airways.
  • Medical treatments: In some cases, surgical intervention is necessary to correct nasal deviations, a lowered soft palate, or enlarged adenoids.

Silensor: Effective treatment for snoring

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The Silensor is a dental device that prevents the movement of the lower jaw and tongue backward, allowing unobstructed airflow through the upper airways. This tightens the muscles of the palate and surrounding structures, preventing vibration and noise.

The device is worn during sleep and ensures a good night’s rest for both the person suffering from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, as well as their partner.

The advantage of using the Silensor device is that it is made based on impressions of the patient’s upper and lower jaw teeth. This device is individualized for everyone. It is adapted to the shape of the patient’s dental arch and the movements of the lower jaw, making it the most comfortable and simplest solution for stopping snoring.

This device acts symptomatically, meaning snoring is not cured but helps only during wearing, i.e., sleeping with the device.

According to data from the manufacturer Erkodent from Germany, symptoms are reduced in 80% of patients who regularly wear the Silensor. The dental practice Dr. Bede from Novi Sad has been a certified practice for patient therapy since 2005.

The body needs a few days to get used to sleeping with the appliance in the mouth. Patients are advised to put the device in their mouth before going to bed to adapt and learn the new position of the lower jaw. Once the body gets used to it, you will no longer notice that you are sleeping with the Silensor.

In the morning, it is necessary to clean the device with a toothbrush and toothpaste and let it dry. This way, the Silensor will be clean and ready for the next use.

There are certain indications and contraindications in medical and dental terms. It is first important to determine the cause of snoring and whether there are any obstacles in the upper airways.

In dental terms, the patient must have their teeth or most of the teeth fixed in place for the device to sit firmly in place during sleep. It is not possible to make this device for patients who wear removable dentures.

Prevention of snoring

When to seek help?

If you notice that you wake up tired in the morning, even when you sleep enough hours, it might be time to consider seeking professional help. Also, waking up with a dry mouth can indicate improper breathing during the night. Your surroundings will certainly point out if you snore or have breathing pauses during the night.

The Silensor device against snoring acts symptomatically, meaning it works only while you wear it and does not cause any permanent changes in the jaw. Dental treatment for snoring is a simple and quick way to improve the quality of your sleep. If it is necessary to extend the therapy towards surgical treatments, it is necessary to consult an ENT specialist.

If you are unsure whether the Silensor is the right solution for your sleep problem, contact us and schedule a free examination and consultation.