Sleep Apnea Treatment in Fairfield, CT
You may not think to visit the dentist for your sleep troubles, but both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can be treated with oral appliance therapy. Our practice offers Silent Nite Sleep Appliances, a quick and effective solution to help you get a better night’s rest and wake up feeling refreshed.
About Sleep Apnea, Snoring, and Teeth Grinding
Snoring is caused by a partial obstruction of the airway that occurs when the throat muscles soften and the tongue relaxes during sleep. The walls of the throat vibrate, creating a snoring sound. The louder the snoring, the more the airway has narrowed. When the airway collapses completely, breathing stops—this is called obstructive sleep apnea. The body jolts out of sleep each time this occurs, but people often have no recollection of this upon waking in the morning.
Many patients are unaware that they have sleep apnea, as their only symptom is a persistent feeling of exhaustion throughout the day. They may not remember the frequent disturbances to their sleep, but the result is that they don’t get the deep sleep they need to recharge and never wake up feeling well-rested. Short-term effects of poor sleep include stress, mood disorders, and difficulty concentrating; when sleep loss continues over the course of years, patients are at an increased risk of diabetes, breast cancer, high blood pressure, depression, stroke, and obesity.
Related to both snoring and obstructive sleep apnea is teeth grinding and clenching, also known as sleep bruxism. It’s believed that jaw clenching is an unconscious response to the collapsed airway, with the jaw muscles tightening to keep the airway open. Persistent teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause temporomandibular joint disorder, headaches, chipped teeth, and other dental problems.
Stop Snoring, Start Living: Silent Nite Sleep Appliance Therapy
The Silent Nite Sleep Appliance allows us to treat sleep apnea, snoring, and sleep bruxism comfortably, quickly, and effectively without CPAP machines or invasive surgeries. Here’s why we recommend Silent Nite Sleep Appliance therapy:
- It’s made with a thin, flexible material that is custom-fitted to your mouth, making it more comfortable than other night guards.
- Silent Nite Sleep Appliances come complete with a carrying case and extra connectors in various sizes.
- The system includes an AM aligner that aids patients in exercising and realigning the jaw after nighttime therapy.
- For patients who travel, there’s a “One for Home, One for Travel” two-pack option.
- Silent Nite is designed based on over 20 years of clinical feedback and more than 400,000 appliances have been delivered to patients.
Whether you suffer from sleep apnea, snoring, teeth grinding, or all three, you will achieve a deeper, more satisfying night’s sleep with the Silent Nite Sleep Appliance. By gently shifting the lower jaw forward while you sleep, your muscles and ligaments are activated to prevent the airway from collapsing. Patients with obstructive sleep apnea experience reductions in blood pressure with this type of oral appliance therapy and better sleep leads to improved mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
Frequently Asked Questions About Snoring and Sleep Apnea
How is sleep apnea diagnosed?
We will go over your medical history with you to identify any possible risk factors and then conduct a physical exam to look at the inside of your mouth and throat for signs of apnea.
Do mouthguards help with sleep apnea?
Yes, mouthguards are an excellent treatment for sleep apnea. They’re more comfortable and affordable than CPAP machines, with the added benefit of stopping you from grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw while you sleep.
What is the best oral device for sleep apnea?
Mandibular advancement devices like Silent Nite are the most effective type of oral appliance for obstructive sleep apnea. By repositioning the lower jaw, the muscles in your throat work to prevent airway obstruction.
How much is a mouth guard for sleep apnea?
How can I treat sleep apnea at home without a CPAP?
It’s understandable why so many patients want to avoid using a CPAP machine. There are lifestyle changes like losing weight and quitting smoking that can improve sleep apnea, but for immediate relief, oral appliance therapy is the best way to treat sleep apnea without a CPAP.
Call 203-255-6878 to schedule your appointment.