Summary: Glidewell introduced the Silent Nite 3D Sleep Appliance, a 3D-printed device that helps treat snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. It features custom-fit, adjustable nylon connectors for precise positioning and improved patient comfort, with a design intended for easy use at home or while traveling.

Key Takeaways

  • Advanced 3D Printing: The Silent Nite 3D Sleep Appliance uses 3D printing technology to provide custom-fit devices that improve retention and patient comfort.
  • Precision Adjustability: The appliance’s adjustable nylon connectors allow for precise positioning to meet the needs of patients, ensuring proper care for sleep apnea treatment.

Glidewell is now offering the Silent Nite 3D Sleep Appliance, a fully digital, 3D-printed sleep appliance for prescription by dental professionals.

Silent Nite 3D Design and Materials

Silent Nite 3D is a mandibular advancement device that has evolved from earlier generations of Glidewell’s market-leading Silent Nite Sleep Appliance. Fabricated from a durable light-cured resin, the appliance treats patients who suffer from snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

“Glidewell is committed to the digital transformation of dentistry – both in the lab and chairside,” said Robert Brenneise, chief growth officer at Glidewell. “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.”

Custom-Fit and Adjustable

The Glidewell Silent Nite 3D Sleep Appliance can alleviate symptoms of sleep apnea and give patients better sleep. Dentists may also order a duplicate of the same case to be included as part of a Glidewell Clinical Twinpak.

Additional Features

The clear, custom-fit appliances gently shift the mandible forward, using nylon connectors adjustable in 0.5 mm increments over a 10 mm span, and open up the airway to prevent it from collapsing during sleep. The nylon connectors are replaceable, which allows dentists to adjust the position of the mandible to ensure the patient is receiving proper care while remaining comfortable.

The scalloped edge of the appliance, which is achieved with the 3D-printing method, increases retention with minimal contact to the patient’s gingiva. It is designed for patients to use at home or while traveling and is lightweight and easy to store.