Silensor-sl - Snore Control

Silensor-sl - Snore Control

The effectiveness of the Silensor-sl for snoring and apnea

The Silensor-sl consists of one transparent or tinted splint for the upper jaw and one for the lower. The lower jaw is either held in a predetermined position or advanced by two connectors that are fixed laterally to the splint. The Silensor-sl thus counteracts the narrowing of the respitory tracts. The velocity of the inspired air decreases and so does noise generating vibrations of soft tissues.
With the Silensor-sl jaw movements are still possible but the falling back of the lower jaw is prevented. This makes the Silensor-sl a comfortable and effective appliance for snore management. Clinical tests have shown that the advancement of the lower jaw considerably reduces snoring in more than 80% of patients and may reduce the apnea index by up to 50%.

When is the Silensor-sl suitable?

The Silensor-sl can be expected to be very successful since in almost all cases the noise involved in snoring is caused by a constriction of the airways. Because of its compact design, the device does not inhibit breathing through the mouth. With severe corpulence a successful treatment is doubtful. The effectiveness will be increasingly reduced at a BMI (body-mass-index) of more than 30 and a neck circumference of more than 44 cm. The Silensor-sl cannot be used with edentulous patients. The dentist has to evaluate if a partial dention will provide adequate retention. If sleep apnea is suspected, the efficacy of the Silensor-sl should be assessed in a sleep laboratory considering the seriousness of this disease

Side-effects

If the wearer of the Silensor-sl should experience tooth migration the issuing practitioner has to be informed as quickly as possible. The dentist will then decide if the appliance can further be worn. After removal of the splint it is possible the patient may feel a changed bite position or the mandible feels slightly out of alignment. This condition will disappear in a short time and will have no consequences according to several studies. In the beginning of Silensor-sl use there will often be increased salivation. This will, however, generally soon decrease again

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