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.