Glidewell launched a new Silent Nite sleep appliance to treat patients with snoring issues and obstructive sleep apnea.

Glidewell announced a new addition to its family of mandibular advancement devices, the Silent Nite Sleep Appliance with Glidewell Hinge.

The device is an extension of the Silent Nite brand, which dentists use to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

For many years, dentists have been requesting a Silent Nite appliance for Medicare-enrolled patients, according to Glidewell. The introduction of the Glidewell Hinge design now makes this possible.

“This device is the culmination of years of innovation from our world-class R&D department, in collaboration with dentists,” said Jim Glidewell, CDT, Glidewell founder and president. “The new Glidewell Hinge design feature not only expands the use of the Silent Nite to patients with a diagnosed OSA condition regardless of medical insurance carrier, but it also reduces costs to clinicians and improves the ease of prescribing sleep therapy in the general practice.”

For Medicare-enrolled patients, specific design criteria must be met in order for a mandibular advancement device to be approved for Pricing, Data Analysis and Coding (PDAC) using code E0486.

The Glidewell research and development department examined the Medicare requirements and designed the Glidewell Hinge to meet these standards. The Glidewell Hinge is made of surgical stainless steel and is micro-adjustable to provide dentists with the ability to set a therapeutic jaw position while the device is inside or outside of the mouth.

All appliances representing the Silent Night brand are delivered on the Silent Nite framework.

Upper and lower nightguards of the appliance have the same fit, form and function that dentists are familiar with. The difference is in the orientation and material for the connector arms.

Silent Nite connector arms work through traction, gently pulling the jaw into position. This traction also tends to hold the mouth closed. The Silent Nite with Glidewell Hinge device works through bilateral compression, gently pushing the jaw into position. The Glidewell Hinge allows for placement of elastics to soften jaw activity, encourage closed-mouth nasal breathing, and increase patient comfort.

“Success in the practice of dental sleep medicine involves low appliance cost, standardized clinical workflow protocols, and building case volume,” said Randy Clare, subject matter expert in dental sleep therapy at Glidewell. “The Silent Nite with Glidewell Hinge costs less than $250. It’s a patient-specific PDAC-approved device that includes all the standard warranties for which Glidewell is known. This device provides many benefits for dentists interested in growing their practice with oral appliance therapy.”