What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?


Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder, one that disrupts a person’s breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times in a single night. Left untreated, it can cause a variety of health problems ranging from high blood pressure to stroke, as well as headaches, and be responsible for impairment on the job or when driving a motor vehicle. 

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of apnea, during which breathing blockage occurs while asleep. Breathing will resume with a start, one that disrupts your sleep even if you’re not fully awake or aware of the sleep disruption. While you might not consider visiting your dentist as the solution for sleep issues such as apnea, your skilled dental healthcare professional can help.

The Solution for Sleep Apnea

You may be unaware you even have sleep apnea, yet feel exhausted all day, because your body is deprived of deep sleep. While you might not remember the disturbances to your sleep, you may experience poor-sleep-induced stress, loss of concentration, and other health issues over time.

Our Silent Nite Sleep Appliances can help since it offers a quick and effective solution to end obstructive sleep apnea and provide a solid night’s rest. The Silent Nite Sleep Appliance treats obstructive sleep apnea, snoring, and sleep bruxism - otherwise known as teeth grinding - comfortably, quickly, and effectively. 

Made of a thin and flexible material,which is custom fitted to your mouth, it’s more comfortable than other ordinary night guards. The system includes an aligner which aids patients in exercising and realigning the jaw in the morning, after receiving a night’s sleep with the appliance in place. 

There’s even the option for a custom fitted Silent Night two-pack, so you can keep one guard for home, and one for travel. 

Improve Your Health

Ending obstructive sleep apnea is an important key to better health. The Silent Nite Sleep Appliance  can end sleep apnea as well as snoring, teeth grinding, or all three together.

How does it work? The mouth guard gently moves your jaw forward while you sleep, so that your muscles and ligaments are activated, preventing your airway from collapsing. You’ll find everything from lowered blood pressure to a better night’s sleep as a result.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Snoring, Grinding, and Clenching

From obstructive sleep apnea to teeth grinding and clenching, and snoring, the solution is the same - an effective night guard will eliminate these issues and can help prevent greater health issues, including temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), headaches, chipped teeth, and other dental problems as well as broader health issues. 

How is Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosed? 

A dental healthcare provider, such as Dr. Donald Miller of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry in Fairfield, CT, will discuss your medical history, identify your risk factors, and conduct a physical exam of your mouth and throat. Then, he will help you find the best oral device to prevent sleep apnea, as well as grinding or clenching your jaw. 

Far more comfortable and affordable than CPAP machines, a custom night guard will also help to reposition your lower jaw and prevent airway obstruction. 

Learn More About Our Solutions for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If you’re ready to learn more about effective solutions for obstructive sleep apnea, contact Dr. Donald Miller today at 203-255-6878 to schedule a complimentary consultation.  Or click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Miller online. Dr. Miller is ready to help you achieve a great night’s sleep and better health, too!