A new 3D printed treatment to improve sleep

A new 3D printed treatment to improve sleep
A new 3D printed treatment to improve sleep

Can you imagine creating an easy-to-use and convenient treatment for snoring and sleep apnea in our lifetime? Although it may seem like an unattainable dream, we wouldn’t be that far away thanks to 3D printing. Leading dental solutions provider Glidewell has announced a fully digital, 3D printed sleep device, named Silent Nite® 3D Sleep Appliance, available by prescription, that could be used for patients suffering from snoring and sleep apnea mild to moderate obstructive.

Sleep apnea is a common but serious condition where a person’s breathing stops and starts during sleep, potentially preventing affected individuals from receiving enough oxygen and leading to problems with the brain, heart, kidneys and metabolic conditions. And according to current estimates from the National Council on Aging, obstructive sleep apnea affects approximately 39 million adults in the United States and 936 million adults worldwide. Snoring is even more common.

The Silent Nite 3D sleep device

The treatments are often tedious. The most common is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine that is used to keep the airway open during sleep. But it is noisy and can be difficult to transport. For Glidwell, its new mandibular advancement device, which means it keeps the lower jaw and tongue forward to allow breathing and prevent snoring, is the solution.

Manufacturing a 3D printed device to treat sleep apnea and snoring

Digital dentistry, that is, dental technology that involves computer components, has rapidly increased along with the use of 3D printing in dentistry as a means of achieving more personalized and efficient solutions. This is yet another case of his success. With the Silent Nite 3D sleep device, Glidewell hopes to provide a lightweight, tailored solution that can ensure “good sleep virtually anywhere.”

Although the exact process and material were not mentioned, the device was made from durable light-cured resin. This suggests that it would have been produced with one of the relatively common photopolymerization processes in dentistry for the ability to create highly precise and clear parts with the necessary properties, including biocompatibility.

In terms of design, the transparent devices will gently move the mandible (jaw) forward with nylon connectors adjustable in 0.5mm increments over a 10mm range. This keeps the airways open and prevents them from collapsing during sleep, allowing them to be used as a treatment for both sleep apnea and snoring. The connectors are also replaceable to ensure that dentists can adjust the position of the mandible to ensure proper care while ensuring patient comfort. It also features a scalloped edge, which can be made using 3D printing, allowing minimal contact with the gums. Additionally, through the use of 3D printing, the device can be manufactured in just three days.

Robert Brenneise, Chief Growth Officer at Glidewell, concludes: “ Glidewell is committed to the digital transformation of dentistry – both in the laboratory and in the dental office. Digital dentistry makes quality care more accessible to dentists and patients, and the Silent Nite 3D sleep device is a digitally produced, user-friendly solution to relieve snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. » You can find more information on the Glidewell website HERE.

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*All photos credits: Glidewell

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