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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.

Don’t live with snoring – find a way out today!

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.

Stop Snoring

There are proven ways to effectively tackle this issue these days. In a nutshell, the most important thing is to realize that the cause of snoring is not the same for all individuals. The first step to finding a remedy is to identify the cause.

My dear guests can infer some solutions as apparent from the discussion on the causes of snoring. Avoiding alcohol and sleep medications can help alleviate the problem. In addition, losing weight and exercising may benefit individuals whose snoring is related to being overweight. Side-sleeping is advisable for individuals who snore. Over-the-counter products are available that help control snoring. Ultimately, one needs to seek medical advice to put an end to this annoying and serious problem.

As a final remark, I want my guests to deliberate on the serious health implications of snoring. If you once believed that snoring is a trivial matter, please think again. The growing body of medical evidence highlights the risks associated with snoring. In the end, the steps you take today to address this problem may be a life-saver tomorrow. Do not ignore habitual loud snoring; talk to a doctor to understand the cause and seek an aid. I am happy that I did!

You and your loved ones should put a stop to snoring and get the good night’s sleep that you deserve.

Self-help vs. Medical Intervention

I was a habitual snorer. I don’t recall the exact age I developed this annoying habit. But over the years, my snoring got from bad to worse. My wife’s frequent complaints kept me well aware of the situation. In fact, I would at times awake up by the loud sound of my own snoring! I realized that both my wife and I were losing out on quality sleep.

I could trace back many of the problems we were facing in daily life to our sleep-deprived state. Frequent outbursts of anger, lack of focus during the day, fatigue and exhaustion were some of the outcomes.

I am sure many of you can relate with my story. I have written this article to share with readers my journey to finding the perfect solution to snoring. Please be advised that your unique circumstances and needs may be different from mine. Therefore, consultation with a physician is recommended.

Doctor’s consultation

Doctor’s consultationThe first step in my journey to end snoring was consultation with my family doctor. To diagnose the exact reason for my snoring, the doctor asked my wife and me a list of questions. A physical examination of my oral and nasal cavities was also performed to check for any tissue structure problem, such as deviated septum. The doctor determined that given my medical history and family background, a home sleep test would be unnecessary. My snoring could be categorized as “primary snoring,” also called “simple snoring.”

I was advised to include some lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, weight control, avoiding alcohol, etc. He also suggested side-sleeping and head elevation during sleep. However, given my busy professional schedule, I did not see how I could bring about significant lifestyle changes in a short time. Moreover, I had already tried different sleeping positions, but to no avail.

Finally, the doctor recommended that I explore different over-the-counter anti-snoring products that might give immediate and lasting benefits. The doctor’s main suggestion was to try anti-snoring mouthpieces, because of their comfort of use and proven effectiveness.