Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance: SomnoDent
A SomnoDent sleep apnea oral appliance is a premium, custom-fitted dental device developed for the treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. It is an effective, comfortable, and durable alternative to CPAP therapy or corrective surgery.
By simply wearing a SomnoDent while sleeping, your lower jaw (mandible) will be moved forward into a comfortable position, allowing relaxation of the tissues at the back of your throat and ensuring the base of your tongue does not collapse and block your airway, giving you a safe and soundless sleep. Most patients and practitioners prefer oral appliance therapy for its comfort, convenience and effectiveness.
Is a SomnoDent Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Right for Me?
A growing number of men and women have discovered SomnoDent to be the perfect solution for ending snoring, treating sleep apnea and/or improving sleep quality. It is an ideal alternative treatment for patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea or for those who have severe OSA, yet are unable or unwilling to tolerate CPAP therapy and/or surgery.
Effective: 91% of patients reported improvement in sleep quality with SomnoDent¹
Highest Quality: FDA 510K cleared, Class II Medical Devices, and manufactured at an ISO 13485 certified facility. Customized using the highest quality acrylic which does not discolor or attract odors.
Custom-fit: SomnoDent sleep apnea oral appliances are manufactured using dental impressions of your teeth, ensuring and effortless, custom-fit unique to your mouth
Non-Restrictive in Movement: While wearing a SomnoDent, you will be able to fully open and close your mouth, yawn, drink, take oral medication and even speak clearly, making it ideal for the patient who may be claustrophobic.
Easily Adjustable: SomnoDent is unlimited in protrusive advancement, meaning that you can advance your lower jaw as forward as possible when wearing the device.
¹AM / Respir Crit Care Med Vol 163. Pp 1457-1461, 2001
Highly Adaptable: If you have missing teeth, crowns, bridge work or wear a full upper denture, a SomnoDent can be adapted to fit your mouth structure.
Patient Compliance: 88% of patients reported regular use of their SomnoDent device¹
Enduring Durability: A combination of premium materials and, for some models, inner cast framework, ensures that the SomnoDent oral device is one of the strongest appliances currently available, making it an ideal treatment option for all patients, especially teeth grinders (bruxers). 1 to 3-year warranty against manufacturing defects.
Clinically Proven: 15+ independent studies demonstrate the device’s significant clinical benefits
Combination Use: SomnoDent can conveniently be used as a companion to your CPAP for combination therapy, allowing simpler mask fitting, reduced CPAP pressure and a compact alternative for travelling.
5 Surprising Effects of Sleep Deprivation
Have you been wondering how sleep deprivation affects your body? More and more, we are realizing sleep plays a very important role in your overall health and physical condition. Statistics show, those who are sleep-deprived aren’t only tired during the day and suffering from a lack of concentration, but they also increase their risks for obesity, congestive heart failure, and diabetes – amongst other conditions.
Here are 5 surprising effects of sleep deprivation you or your loved one may be dealing with:
1. Sleep deprivation shortens your life expectancy.
In the “Whitehall II Study,” British researchers discovered less than five hours of sleep also doubled the risk of death from cardiovascular disease – which is the number one cause of death in America according to the CDC.
2. Sleep deprivation makes you gain weight.
Lack of sleep causes your body to work against you, a 2004 study shows. In the study, those who were sleeping less than six hours per night were 30 percent more likely to gain weight and become obese than those sleeping six to nine hours per night. This may be due to the fact leptin – the hormone which makes you feel full and regulates fat storage – is 15.5 percent lower in those who regularly sleep five hours or less. Conversely, less sleep also increases ghrelin – the hormone which stimulates hunger. In short, if you feel hungrier throughout the day and will most likely eat more food.
3. Sleep deprivation makes you more forgetful.
The effects of sleep deprivation even take a toll on your brain! Five or fewer hours of sleep three days in a row can damage or kill brain cells. Eventually, the brain won’t be able to clear out the plaque-forming proteins causing Alzheimer’s’ and dementia. Your brain needs the “sharp wave ripples” discovered by American and French researchers in 2009 in order to consolidate memory. How do you experience more “sharp wave ripples”? You guessed it! Sleep! Studies show sharp wave ripples occur most frequently during the deepest levels of sleep occurring during longer sleep time frames.
4. Sleep deprivation makes you look older, faster.
5. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of getting sick.
Missing sleep over time wears down your immune system, making it more difficult for your body to fight off viruses and diseases. Effects of sleep deprivation on your immune system can slow down your recovery time if you do get sick and increase your risk of getting sick after being exposed to a virus or bacteria. Cytokines are proteins your body releases during sleep, which increase when you are sick, to fight off an infection or inflammation. Sleep deprivation may decrease the production of these proteins.
What can you do?
Get more sleep. But, we’re here to help! If you’ve been diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, a SomnoDent oral device may help you sleep better and rest longer. Get your body working for you instead of against you. Find out if you may be at risk for a sleep disorder by taking our quick sleep assessment.