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Glidewell Unveils New Silent Nite 3D Sleep Appliance

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The company’s 3D-printed mandibular advancement device is designed for a precise, comfortable fit that alleviates the symptoms of sleep apnea.

Glidewell Unveils New Silent Nite 3D Sleep Appliance | Image Credit: © Glidewell

Glidewell Unveils New Silent Nite 3D Sleep Appliance | Image Credit: © Glidewell

Glidewell’s latest sleep appliance, the Silent Nite® 3D Sleep Appliance, is a fully digital, 3D-printed sleep appliance for prescription by dental professionals. The company is evolving its Silent Nite Sleep Appliance to take part in the continued rise of digital dentistry and 3D printing.

Silent Nite 3D is a mandibular advancement device fabricated from durable light-cured resin. The appliance treats patients who suffer from snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Not only has technology and material advances spurred the growth of 3D printing in dentistry, but there’s also been a growing demand for oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea therapies.

“Glidewell is committed to the digital transformation of dentistry–both in the lab and chairside,” Robert Brenneise, chief growth officer at Glidewell, says in a press release announcing the product launch. “Digital dentistry makes quality care more accessible for dentists and patients alike, and the Silent Nite 3D Sleep Appliance is a patient-friendly, digitally produced solution for relieving snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.”

These clear, custom-fit appliances are designed to gently shift the mandible forward, using nylon connectors adjustable in 0.5mm increments over a 10mm span, and open up the airway to prevent it from collapsing during sleep. These connectors are replaceable, which allows clinicians to adjust the position of the mandible to ensure the patient is receiving proper care while remaining comfortable, Glidewell states. The scalloped edge of the appliance, which is achieved with the 3D-printing method, increases retention with minimal contact to the patient’s gingiva. The Silent Nite 3D Sleep Appliance is suited for patients to use at home or while traveling; it is lightweight and easy to store, which makes a good night’s sleep achievable virtually anywhere.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), approximately 39 million adults in the United States suffer from sleep apnea.1 This new device from Glidewell can alleviate symptoms of sleep apnea and give patients the rest they deserve, and as an added benefit, clinicians can also order a duplicate of the same case to be included as part of a Glidewell Clinical Twinpak™.

For additional information, visit glidewell.com/3d-silent-nite.

Reference
1. Ling, V. Sleep Apnea Statistics and Facts You Should Know. The National Council on Aging. National Council on Aging; Oct 4, 2023.

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