The term apnea means “no breath”. In a percentage of people, the relaxation of the muscles during sleep can allow the structures of the nose and mouth to fall backwards against the back wall of the throat. This can cause constriction of the airway. Snoring is the noise made when there is a partial obstruction of the airway. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is the complete stoppage of breathing for short intervals due to this type of constriction.
Healthy Smile recommends SHIMS II which are custom fitted acrylic devices to help prevent snoring and sleep apnea. SHIMS II allow the lower jaw to be positioned forward to open up the airway so that air can pass easily through the throat. Another benefit to SHIMS II is the ability to easily distribute oral medications that benefit the teeth and mouth. You can also use to whiten your teeth by simply placing a whitening product in the SHIMS II while wearing them.
Simple and comfortable , SHIMS II are an easy way to sleep quietly and more comfortably!
If you are interested in this product, please contact our office for more information.