Approximately 90 million Americans snore. That means not only the person snoring, but their spouse and children may suffer from lack of quality sleep. Unfortunately disturbed sleep is not the only consequence of snoring. According to a UCLA School of Dentistry study this struggle for breath contributes to high blood pressure and stroke risk. In sleep, the muscles and soft tissue of the mouth and throat relax and decrease the airway. This will increase the velocity of air flowing through and results in vibrations which produce the noise of snoring. If this is a problem for you ask our dentists about a Silent Nite appliance. This custom fit appliance positions the lower jaw forward by using select connectors attached to the upper and lower transparent forms. The appliance has a soft inner layer that rests comfortably against the teeth and gums with a hard outer shell that resists breaking so that the appliance is comfortable yet durable. It requires two appointments for this appliance, the first to take impressions and then a second to deliver the appliance and check the fit. Silent Nite does not interfere with breathing through the mouth, and it allows slight movement of the jaw to minimize stiffness. Wearing the appliance overnight may produce a slight feeling of jaw misalignment due to the build up of lymphatic fluid in the joint, but that quickly disappears with normal function. Many insurance companies do not provide coverage for the appliance, but it is a small price to pay for the benefit of a good night sleep.