Is your sleep ( and that of your partner) interrupted by snoring? If so, you are not alone. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, more than 90 million Americans snore. This annoying nighttime affliction often indicates a struggle for breath and can result in high blood pressure, which can damage the walls of the carotid arteries and increase the risk of stroke.
What causes snoring? When you are in a typical state of sleep, your muscles and soft tissues in your throat and mouth relax, which shrinks your airway. The velocity of your airflow then increases as you breath, causing the soft issues in the soft palate and uvula to vibrate resulting in the familiar "noisy breathing" or snoring. Some people resort to surgery to remove the tissues that adversely affect respiration, but the success rate is a mere 20-40 percent.
A much better alternative is a dentist-prescribed snore prevention device called Silent Nite sl. This is a custom fabricated dental device that moves the lower jaw forward, increasing the the space in your airway tube. The fit is contoured to your mouth and is comfortable. It permits small movements of the jaw and allows uninhibited oral breathing. You deserve a good night's sleep.