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An epilator is one way to get rid of your hair, where the device pulls the hair from the roots. It will give the results of waxing but without the mess. It also provides less discomfort  when used correctly. Here is a step by step epilating guide to help you get the most smoothest shave possible.

Choose a good quality epilator

The quality of the epilator matters as a good quality epilator will give you the result which will last you a long time. Try to look for a better selection of epilator which is cordless as it will make everything much more easier for you.

Shave your legs prior

Epilators work best when you hair growth is to minimal. If you hairs are too long the hair might get stuck in the epilator and can cause problems. Shave before hand and ensure that there is minimal amount of hair growth which can ensure all the hairs are gone.

Set a time

Epilating your body hair can take up some time. Schedule yourself to be free for one hour and ensure that you can groom yourself well. This ensures that you are not in a hurry to finish but take your time to completely remove any hair.

Exfoliate your legs in the shower

One of the best ways to get rid of ingrown hairs is to help prevent it from occurring later. Take a warm shower before hand and scrub your body gently to remove any dead skin. Rub your skin in a gentle circular motion which can gently leave your skin clean for a better epilating experience.

Dry or wet epilation

According to Allaboutthegloss.com epilating in the shower allows the process to be much less painful. It allows the epilator to glide on seamlessly into all the crevices and remove the hair from the root individually. This is one way to make the whole process effective.

use it at the lowest setting first

If it is your first time using an epilator, start with the lowest setting to help ensure that you can understand the feeling better. If you feel comfortable start to switching it up to higher settings to speed up the whole process.

Start on the inside of your lower leg

Starting from the least sensitive area will give you the confidence to shave the in sensitive areas as well. This will get your body accustomed to feeling the pain that epilators can cause and later move on to your sensitive areas. This helps you to balance the natural oil on your scalp which can make it easier for you to shave.

Hold the epilator chose to your skin

Want the most smoothest shave an epilator can be your best friend. Hold the device close to your skin but ensure that you do not press hard. Holding it close can help ensure that that you get to see the most smoothest shave which will last you a long time.

BPA Latex FreeAnother important criterion while selecting an oral appliance is finding out the material of construction. Remember, this device will be in your mouth every night for the next several months. Therefore, understanding the comfort, safety and durability of the material are important considerations.

Most oral appliances are made out of dental plastic material. Some devices, such as aveoTSD, are made from medical grade silicone. One might look to see how hard the material feels—a softer, flexible material will place less pressure on the dental structures and prevent soreness, as compared with a rigid material. Moreover, it is essential to check to see that these devices are free of bisphenol A (BPA) and latex. A clear indication should be provided by the manufacturer regarding BPA and latex content.

Moreover, I prefer to check the manufacturer’s label for other statements regarding discoloration and hygienic features of devices. These devices should be non-permeable to oral fluids, thereby preventing microbial growth over continued use.

 Custom-made vs. Non-customized MAD

As pointed out earlier, MADs can be either custom-made or store-bought. The custom-made devices, such as Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP 3), are usually obtained through consultation with a dentist. The dentist will take one’s dental impression, and send it to the manufacturer for a fitted mouthpiece. A custom-made device may provide better mouthpiece retention over non-custom devices. However, be advised that customized MADs are expensive options that can go into $1000-$2000 price range. In addition, one has to take into account the cost of dentist visitations. Any adjustments that have to be done after delivery of the device will be charged extra. If a customized MAD is considered, one must first find out how much insurance coverage can be expected. A custom-fitted MAD has a life-expectancy of a few years. It will provide features to adjust the jaw position, for example, in increments of millimeters.

You will be relieved to learn that there are several brands of non-custom MADs that offer comparable effectiveness as the custom devices. The store-bought mouthpieces generally come in moldable designs with adjustability features. Most non-custom MADs are made up of thermoplastic material and offer boil-and-bite customization. A user can place the MAD in boiling water for a few minutes, slightly cool it off, and then bite down on it for a customized fit. The device is then placed in cold water, which helps retain the bite shape. Unlike the older models of MADs, the recent designs have significantly eliminated the soreness and side effects experienced with use. Moreover, given the effectiveness of MADs as demonstrated through clinical studies, a store-bought variety is a reliable and economical option for primary snoring cases.

 Breathing Hole

Breathing HoleAn important consideration is the availability of breathing holes with MADs, which support mouth breathing during sleep. For those of you who are mouth breathers, a safe option is to obtain a MAD with breathing holes or hinged jaws for movement (such as, ZQuiet). Not only is this relevant for chronic mouth breathers, people who have blocked nasal passages from allergies, cold, etc. will be safe and comfortable using a device that allows mouth breathing. The small size of these holes allows enough air passage for breathing, but may produce a whistling sound.

Some examples of mouthpieces with breathing holes are Ripsnore, SleepPro Standard and Snore Eliminator. As mentioned earlier, ZQuiet is a MAD with a hinged jaw that allows for normal jaw movement during sleep. Therefore, ZQuiet supports mouth breathing without the necessity for breathing holes.

MADs that do not feature breathing holes, encourage the healthy way of breathing, that is, through one’s nose. These may be ideal for people who usually sleep with their mouths closed.

FDA cleared

FDA ApprovedOral anti-snoring appliances are recognized as medical devices that require FDA clearance before they can be legally marketed within the US. If you reside in another country, please check to confirm if the oral appliance has been cleared by your residing health authority. Some devices, such as Good Morning Snore Solution, have been cleared by several international health authorities, including FDA, Health Canada, EEC, and TGA Australia. FDA approval indicates that the medical device has undergone thorough testing to ensure its safety and efficacy. As with any other medical device, strict adherence to the manufacturer’s instructions is essential for the continued smooth performance of the device.

Clinically Proven

Clinically ProvenBefore purchasing a device over the internet or in the store, you may like to know whether it can really do the job. A good way to find out is to look for clinical studies that have tested the device for efficacy. A lot of clinical studies have already been conducted to compare different models of oral mouthpieces for snoring and even sleep apnea remedy. Mandibular advancement devices (MAD) have been proven to be efficacious for primary snoring and mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Tongue stabilizing devices (TSD) are demonstrated to be efficacious for snoring with or without apnea, and may be considered as a second-line option for individuals who have a hard time adjusting to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) therapy.

Check the manufacturer’s information to see what types of clinical studies have been done on the particular oral device you are interested in. It will help you make the right choice with confidence.

Convenience Factor

Convenience is a foremost concern while choosing the right anti-snoring aid. A product may be effective in controlling snoring, but if it is too uncomfortable to sleep in, people tend to discontinue the use. Two factors that may greatly affect comfort of use are the material and design of the device. Oral appliances that are made from soft flexible plastic material will produce a more positive mouth feel. In addition, one may find the simpler designs more appealing, as compared with some of the bulkier devices. The simpler designs are comfortable to wear to sleep and offer easy cleaning for regular use.

ConvinienceOne should carefully consider the adjustable features that anti-snoring devices provide. For example, for MADs the ability to reposition the jaw forward or backward through adjustment of screws can yield comfort to the user. It has been my personal experience that when it comes to convenience a small adjustment can often create a big difference.

Some of the MADs I have tested out were the boil-and-bite technology, and I could contour the thermoplastic material to my unique dental shape. However, I have encountered situations where I required two attempts at boil-and-bite to get the shape just right. Again, this was a workable solution because most devices can support a few (sometimes as much as 5) remolding attempts.

Another factor that greatly influences customer satisfaction is the absence of significant side effects from wearing oral appliances. For examples, the earlier models of MADs caused jaw soreness, facial pain, increased salivation and overbite with prolonged use. However, the sleeker designs and flexible materials have led to reduced side effects in MADs.

 

For anyone seeking a solution to snoring, I strongly advise to understand its root cause as a first step. Identifying the cause will lead to the right solution. Advice from a doctor is the best way to identifying the nature of one’s problem.

Lifestyle changes that are known to alleviate the problem take time and patience. In the meantime, I have found my cure in anti-snoring mouthpieces. The newest technology based on tongue retention are comfortable to use and economical. The best part is that they work!

My first night using Good Morning Snore Solution, a clinically tested FDA-cleared product, helped me sleep like a baby. No staying up at night from loud snoring sounds, just peaceful rest. I was surprised how vital I felt the next morning.

There were other brands of anti-snoring mouthpieces that worked quite well for me. For a detailed list of my product reviews and recommendations, please visit here.

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Anti-Snoring Mouthpieces: 9 Features to Consider

In my quest for the perfect anti-snoring solution, I have tested several different varieties of products. These ranged from natural pills and sleep pillows to nasal strips and mouthpieces. Early on in my journey, I realized that the oral anti-snoring appliances performed best for my needs as compared with the other over-the-counter products. In fact, research estimates that oral appliances are up to 90% effective in minimizing / eliminating snoring, and up to 70% effective in alleviating mild-to-moderate sleep apnea.

The large number of brands available for oral appliances can make the job of selection very difficult. Here, I have compiled the TOP 9 features to consider when choosing an anti-snoring oral device.

type1b MAD vs. TSD

Oral anti-snoring appliances fall within two categories – Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) and Tongue Stabilizing Device (TSD). These two categories of products achieve the same goal, through slightly different approaches.

Mandibular Advancement Device:

The MADs attach to the upper and lower teeth, and help reposition the lower jaw, bringing it to a slightly forward position in the mouth. This prevents the lower jaw from moving backwards due to gravity during sleep. The design and convenience of MADs have evolved considerably over time. What once used to be made out of dental wires and hard plastic materials, MADs today are created from flexible thermoplastic material with fine adjustable features. The thermoplastic material ensures that the users can mold the device to a customized fit, using boil-and-bite method.

Some examples of MADs available over-the-counter are SnoreRx, VitalSleep, SomnoGuard AP, SleepPro SFA, SnoreDoc, Ripsnore, Puresleep, Snoremate, Snore Eliminator. However, not all MADs are adjusted through boil-and-bite. Models, such as ZQuiet and Snoremender PS, can be used out of the box, and require only minor adjustments.

Moreover, MADs cannot be used if one relies on complete or partial dentures; a sufficient number of intact teeth are required to attach a MAD.

MADs have been tested through clinical studies, and found to be effective in preventing and greatly reducing snoring. These devices are recommended for primary snoring and even mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Disadvantages with MADs include mouth soreness, jaw pain, excessive salivation or dry mouth, and the development of overbite.

Custom-fitted MADs are also available through consultation with a dentist. The pros and cons of customized MADs are detailed below in this article.

Tongue Stabilizing Device:

The TSDs work by latching onto the tongue through suction and stabilizing the tongue in a slightly forward position. In this way, the tongue is prevented from collapsing and blocking the air passages during sleep. TSDs are the newest technological development in the anti-snoring world. These devices look more elegant than the jaw retainers, and offer greater convenience. Numerous clinical studies have shown the effectiveness of TSDs in snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Additionally, OSA patients have a preference for TSDs over CPAP therapy, given the convenience of use of the former. For a TSD to stay in place, a negative pressure (or suction) is required, and hence TSDs necessitate a lip seal. Therefore, TSDs are solely meant for nasal breathers. TSDs cannot be used when nasal passages are blocked.

Apart from the effectiveness and convenience of use, TSDs are associated with very few side effects as compared with MADs. There is no gag reflex, jaw soreness or teeth repositioning from long use. Initial soreness of tongue may be encountered; however, in my experience this goes away with continued use.

Effective aids for snoring include several convenient self-help options, such as the following:

Mouthpieces: These fall under the following two categories:

Good Morning Snore Solution
Good Morning Snore Solution

Tongue Retaining Devices work by keeping the tongue in a slightly forward position, and thereby preventing the back of the tongue from blocking airways during sleep. These are the newest technology in snoring prevention. Invented a little more than a decade ago, tongue retaining devices are available in various designs for a sleek look and effective control of snoring. My personal success story is based on the effectiveness of this type of anti-snoring devices, particularly Good Morning Snore Solution.

Mandibular Repositioning Systems work by holding the lower jaw in a slightly forward position. This prevents the tongue from collapsing back during sleep, and maintains the lower jaw and associated structures in a stable position. These are called by a variety of names, such as mandibular repositioning device (MRD), mandibular advancement device (MAD), or mandibular advancement splint (MAS).
Chin StrapsChin Straps: These are straps that are worn around the chin and back of the head. They work by keeping the mouth closed to control snoring. It is effective for people whose snoring is caused due to open mouth position during sleep.

Nose ClipsNasal Products: These include nasal strips, nasal sprays, nose clips and nostril cones. They work by keeping nasal passages open during sleep. Those who snore because of stuffy or blocked nose, which is an estimated 15-20% of all snoring cases, may be benefited through these interventions.
PillowsPillows: Anti-snore pillows work by keeping the head in an elevated position and encouraging sleeping on one’s side. These work for cases where bad posture during sleep is the main cause of snoring.
Natural PillsNatural Pills: These are tablets or sprays that use natural ingredients to reduce congestion and mucus production. These may be used if snoring is temporarily caused due to nasal or sinus congestion.

Anti-Snoring Remedies: Medical Intervention
There are several medical interventions for snoring, which include the following:

CPAPContinuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP): These devices work by maintaining positive air pressure to blow air in through a mask. They help a patient with breathing difficulty breathe easier. These are expensive devices that are generally indicated for sleep apnea, patients in critical health conditions and infants with respiratory difficulties. A doctor’s prescription is required for obtaining a CPAP machine.
Custom-made Mouthpieces: Customized mouthpieces that work by mandibular repositioning can be obtained from a specialized dentist. These are custom-fitted to one’s mouth and gum, and therefore have good retention – they do not fall off from teeth.

Pharmacological Agents: A clinical study reported that the combination of pseudoephedrine (nasal decongestant) and domperidone (a prokinetic drug) alleviated severe snoring in subjects. One’s physician will be able to provide the best advice on using medicinal products to control snoring.
Before After SurgerySurgery: Several surgical interventions, such as uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and the Pillar procedure, are available as a last resort or in very severe cases of snoring / sleep apnea. The first two procedures involve widening of the area at the back of the mouth through surgical removal of soft tissue. The Pillar procedure, a FDA-approved out-patient procedure, works by making the soft palate more rigid through the injection of dacron (or “pillars”) into this part of the mouth.