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Snoring and bruxism

Silensor Sl – anti-snoring appliance 

Snoring occurs during sleep, when the lower jaw of the person who snores takes a back position and thereby reduces airflow. This condition causes vibration of the soft palate and then the person snores.
Obstructive sleep apnea is cessation of breathing for a few seconds during sleep due to narrowing of the upper airways. It is repeated several times during the night and leads to reduced oxygen concentration in the blood.
Due to the lack of air movement and frequent awakening during the night, next day the person feels tired and sleepy. Cardiovascular diseases may also be the consequence of these conditions.
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are treated successfully as part of dental treatment.

 

What is Silensor?

Silensor is an oral appliance that prevents improper position of the lower jaw. During the sleep, it fixes the jaw in its front position and therefore enables an unobstructed airflow through the upper airways.
The device is worn during sleep and provides better sleep quality for people who suffer from snoring and obstructive sleep apnea but also for the partner.

How is Silensor produced?

Silensor is made based on the impressions of the patient’s upper and lower jaw and it is individual for everyone.

May the usage of this device eventually lead to healing?

This device operates symptomatically which means that the person cannot be healed. It just helps during the time it is worn i.e. during the sleep. Data from Erkodent, manufacturer from Germany, suggest that the reduction of symptoms occurs in 80% of patients who regularly wear Silensor .

Is it possible for all patients to wear Silensor?

There are certain indications and contraindications in medical and dental sense. Firstly, it is important to determine the cause of snoring or are there any obstacles in the upper airways.
When it comes to dentistry, it is necessary for patients to have their own teeth or crowns and bridges, so that Silensor could not move during sleep.
It is not possible to manufacture this device if a person has removable dentures.

How is the patient accustomed to wearing Silensor?

Organism needs a few days to get used to sleeping with a foreign body in the mouth. Patients are recommended to put the device in their oral cavities before going to sleep in order to adapt to a new position of the lower jaw.

How is Silensor maintained?

In the morning, it is necessary to clean the device with toothbrush and toothpaste and to let it dry in order to be clean and ready for the following application.

 

Bruxism

Bruxism is a condition in which patients grind, gnash or clench their teeth. The problem is that patients themselves are not aware of it. Unpleasant creaking noises during the night usually bother the partner and this is what brings the patient to the dentist.

Here in Dr. Bede dental office we make silicone splint (night-guard tray) individually for every patient. This splint prevents gnashing teeth and unpleasant sounds. It also protects the teeth and surrounding tissues from damage.