If, like me, you find it easier to compare products by seeing them all on the same page, then the chart I have provided below should be of real help.
You can use the table as a starting point from which to familiarize yourself with each device. Alternatively, if you already know certain products and simply wish to compare them in an easy and hassle free way, then it offers an excellent opportunity to do just that.
It’s also useful for highlighting the differences between each product’s advantages and the features offered. Equally it helps you avoid those devices that will not match your needs and thus saves you time, money and stress.
It is just another example of the many tools I have created to help you make the most informed decision possible.
TSD = Tongue Stabilizing Device, MAD = Mandibular Advancement Device
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|Product||Type||Longevity, Months||Price||Clinical Trials||Material||Govt. Approval||OK For Denture Wearers?|
|Good Morning Snore Solution||TSDOne size fits all. Does not attach to teeth. Ready to use out of box.||12-24||1 - 104.94
2 - $79.97*(*per item for Family pack)
|Yes||FDA-compliant BPA-free Latex-free medical-grade resin||FDA Cleared,
European Commission and Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration Approval
|SnoreRX||Boil & bite Adjustable MADUses the “boil and bite” method for customizing fit and allows forward micro-adjustments in 1 mm increments by as much as 10mm with no tools.||15-18||1 - $89.10*
2 - $69.30* (per item for Family pack)
*By using coupon TSM10
|Yes||Medical-grade copolymer BPA-free Latex-free||FDA Cleared||No|
|VitalSleep||Boil & bite Adjustable MADAllows side-to-side jaw movement as well as micro-adjustment. Free replacements (including shipping) for one full year, for any reason.||12-24||1 - $53.95*
2 - $44.97* (per item)
(*by using the promo code DEALS)
|Yes||DuPont thermoplastic, USA-sourced BPA-free Latex-free||FDA Cleared||No|
|ZQuiet||Hinged Design MADAllows for natural mouth movement. Comes in a 2-pack for 2 jaw adjustment level options.||12-24||$79.95
||Yes||FDA-compliant thermoplastic elastomer. BPA-free Latex-free||Designated a class II medical device by the FDA||No|
|Zenguard||TSDOne size fits all. Does not attach to teeth. Ready to use out of box.||12-24||1 - $97.00
||Yes||Medical grade silicon||n/a||Yes|
|My Snoring Solution||Chin StrapNothing in the mouth. Comfortable, easy to pack, easy to clean. Can be used by people with dental work. No fitting or preparation needed. No side effects.||12-24||$59.99*
(*per item, BOGO offer)
|Yes||High quality nylon and breathable, lightweight spandex||Not Required||Yes|
|Snoremeds||Boil & bite MADEasy to clean and keep. Air holes for mouth breathing. No harmful chemicals. Non-invasive. 2 different sizes are available. Design that is one complete piece makes breaking it very difficult.||4-6||$40.95||n/a||Medical-grade thermoplastic BPA-free Latex-free||FDA cleared||No|
|SnoreMedic||Boil & bite MADStandard MAD device. Has an air hole for mouth breathing.||8-15||$39.99*||n/a||Medical-grade thermoplastic BPA-free Latex-free||n/a||No|
|Airsnore||Boil & bite MADUnique drops with the product that keep nasal passage feeling clear. Large center air hole for mouth breathing. Standard MAD device.||6-12||$49.95||n/a||Medical-grade thermoplastic BPA-free Latex-free||Made in an FDA cleared facility||No|
|SleepPro Custom||Custom built MADTake a proper impression, and then send it back to the manufacturer. Your customized device is professionally made, and sent back to you.||6-24||$199.99||n/a||Medical-grade dental thermoplastic BPA-free Latex-free||FDA Cleared||No|
|SleepPro SFA||Boil & bite Adjustable MADAllows you make seven unique incremental adjustments to achieve the most comfortable position.||6-24||$129.99||n/a||Medical-grade dental thermoplastic BPA-free Latex-free||FDA Cleared||No|
|PureSleep||Boil & bite Adjustable MADFeatures an upper and lower piece that can be joined together in three different settings. Once you connect the pieces you do the boil-and-bite.||6-9||$59.90||n/a||BPA-free medical-grade resin||FDA Cleared||No|
|SomnoGuard AP||Boil & bite Adjustable MADTwo-piece design: allows for 10mm of adjustment. Suitable to wear by individuals missing one or two teeth.||18||$256.95||n/a||Medical-grade dental thermoplastic||FDA Cleared||No|
|AveoTSD||TSDOne size fits all. Does not attach to teeth. Ready to use out of box.||12||$140.00||n/a||Medical-grade silicone||FDA Cleared||Yes|
|SnoreDoc||Boil & bite MADBasic design. Has an air hole but it is not large to breathe through your mouth.||4-6||$49.99||n/a||Thermoplastic||FDA Cleared||No|
|SleepPro Easifit||Boil & bite MADBasic design.||6-24||$44.95||n/a||Medical-grade dental thermoplastic BPA-free Latex-free||FDA Cleared||No|
|SnoreMender PS||Hinged Design MADReady-to-use right out-of-the-box, allows for natural jaw movement.||6-18||$57.00||Yes||Medical-grade dental thermoplastic BPA-free Latex-free||FDA Cleared||No|
|Ripsnore||Boil & bite MADBasic design. Features two breathing holes.||6-15||$67.00||n/a||Dynaflex, a medically certified BPA free material||n/a||No|
|Snorban||Boil & bite MADBasic design.||6-12||$49.95||n/a||Non-toxic and free of BPA thermoplastic||n/a||No|
|Noiselezz||Hinged Design MADSingle-unit design, allows for the free movement of your jaw.||9-12||$58.56||n/a||BPA-free Latex-free medical plastic||n/a||No|
|Therasnore||Boil & bite MADOne-year replacement warranty. Over 2-year life span. No air holes.||12-24||£59.95
||n/a||Combination of hard acrylic and thermoplastic||n/a||No|
|Provent||EPAPAdhesives placed over nostrils. No preparation required. Can be worn with crowns, implants or partial dentures. Latex free. Prescription required.||n/a||$2 per cover||Yes||n/a||FDA Cleared||No|
|SnoreWizard||Boil & bite MADBasic design.||12||$59.99||n/a||Thermoplastic||n/a||No|
|SnoreMate||Boil & bite MADBasic design.||3-4||$36.99||n/a||Thermoplastic||n/a||No|
|Snore Eliminator||Boil & bite MADBasic design.||n/a||$37.00||n/a||Thermoplastic||n/a||No|
|Kudo SnoreFighter Now||Boil & bite MADBasic design. Offers three different products: for nasal breathers, for mouth breathers and combined.||6-12||$39.97||n/a||Moldable plastic resin||FDA Cleared||No|
|ZYPPAH||Hybrid Boil & bite MAD and TSDFeatures an elastic band placed towards the back of the device which gently holds your tongue in place.||6-12||$89.95||n/a||Medical-grade dental thermoplastic BPA-free Latex-free||FDA Cleared||No|
|Level Sleep Restore™ Pillow||Anti-Snoring PillowStandard anti-snoring pillow.||n/a||$149.00||n/a||Cover: Durable, breathable Recoveree stretch polyester. Construction: Poly Urethane Foam||n/a||Yes|
|ProSnore II||"Impression Kit" Adjustable MADDiscontinued by manufacturer||n/a||Discontinued by manufacturer||n/a||n/a||n/a||No|
|ProSnore||Discontinued by manufacturer||n/a||Discontinued by manufacturer||n/a||n/a||n/a||No|
Choosing the Best Stop Snoring Mouthpiece: the Basics
- 1 Choosing the Best Stop Snoring Mouthpiece: the Basics
- 2 Tongue Stabilizing Devices (TSD)
- 3 Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD)
- 4 What to look for in TSDs and MADs when buying?
- 5 Things You Should Know
- 5.1 What causes snoring?
- 5.2 How does an MAD work?
- 5.3 How does a TSD work?
- 5.4 How long do oral devices last?
- 5.5 How to Maintain and Care for my Anti Snore Mouth Guard?
- 5.6 Will a MAD make my mouth sore?
- 5.7 Can mouthpieces be worn with dentures?
- 5.8 Will a mouthpiece stop me from grinding my teeth?
- 5.9 What if Snoring Persists while Using the Snore Device?
- 5.10 What are the Complications of some of the Best Snoring Solutions?
- 5.11 Do I need to visit a dentist and get a prescription to order it?
- 5.12 Are the discounted devices on eBay okay to buy?
- 5.13 Will a mouthpiece help with my obstructive sleep apnea?
- 5.14 Can I breathe through my mouth while wearing an oral device?
- 5.15 Is there a possibility of swallowing the device while I sleep?
- 5.16 What is the boil and bite method?
- 5.17 Are MAD’s or TSD’s recommended for children?
- 5.18 How will I clean my it?
- 5.19 Can a MAD be remolded with the boil and bite method?
- 5.20 What does it mean for a device to cleared by the FDA?
- 5.21 If I have TMJ can I use a mouthpiece?
- 5.22 Why am I being asked to fill out a questionnaire when purchasing online?
- 5.23 Are MAD’s or TSD’s safe to use?
- 6 Which product should I buy?
If you snore then you already know how disruptive this seemingly unstoppable noise can be, not only for you, but for those around you as well.
However, you obviously do not want to use a product that will be so uncomfortable that it causes you pain or one that interrupts your sleep by causing you to gag.
Quality sleep is important to your health.
Even if you don’t sleep close enough to someone to disturb them, you should still want to stop snoring, so that your body and mind can get all the essential rest they need. If you endure poor sleep night-after-night the effects on your personal and professional life can be devastating.
The anti-snoring mouthpiece is one of the most effective stop snoring solutions available.
Once you get used to a mouth piece for snoring they can become so comfortable that you may even forget that you are wearing one.
Also, they are significantly more affordable than some other options. Most importantly – not only do they prevent snoring – oral devices actually promote improved breathing, which, I am sure you’ll agree, is a much better option than simply ignoring the problem.
If you think by just ignoring the problem that it will go away then I believe that it is important that you learn about the long-term effects of snoring. These effects can be quite severe, even life-threatening, especially if the snoring is associated with sleep apnea. Individuals who suffer from this are at greater risk of stroke, heart disease, hypertension and cancer. Not to mention the dangers of driving or operating machinery when exhausted from not enough quality sleep.
Some manufacturers of these types of devices claim that their product is at least 90 percent effective, which you probably think is pretty impressive. Well, if that has your attention then you may also be interested to learn that there are some manufacturers so confident in their product that they claim them to be as much as 98 percent effective.
Perhaps it is best though to keep in mind that there is always going to be a difference between satisfaction and effectiveness.
Do make sure your decision is based on accurate estimates. Studies from reputable medical sources should be considered. A case study of 134 patients using anti-snoring mouthpieces, for example, was published with impressive results.
Even after the study, 86 percent of participants continued to use their oral appliances nightly. In 2005, a similar study was done on 20 consecutive heavy snorers. It concluded that a mandibular advancement device was a well-tolerated and feasible treatment to stop snoring. Many other studies have produced similar results.
Oral appliances can be a practical solution for most people but one of the first things to learn is that they are divided into two categories: Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) and Tongue Stabilizing Devices (TSDs).
Some people may be under the impression that they are basically the same thing, but they are actually quite different. I have found both to be effective options when it comes to providing relief from noisy sleep episodes.
Tongue Stabilizing Devices (TSD)
A tongue stabilizing device (or tongue retaining device) is generally referred to as a TSD or TRD. It works by holding your tongue in place to either reduce or completely stop storing.
When you sleep, your muscles and tongue relax. When allowed to fall back into your throat your tongue can constrict or block your airway and the resulting vibration causes snoring.
To prevent this from happening all that needs to be done is for your tongue to be held in place while you sleep. This is exactly what a TSD does for you.
Using a perfectly safe vacuum created by the device everything is kept in place and this ultimately stops your airways from becoming blocked or restricted by your tongue.
This keeps your airway open and thus free of noise, so you and those around you finally get some well-deserved peace-and-quiet!
Safety and Comfort
Safety and comfort are two essential factors to consider when choosing an anti-snoring device. A product may well work, but if it poses health risks, or if it is so uncomfortable that it compromises your sleep then it is not a valid solution.
One of the greatest things about a TSD is that you can be fully relaxed while wearing it. You do not have to bite down to hold it in place. This also means that you do not actually have to do anything to keep it active and working.
A good comparison is if you were using an anti-snoring pillow; you would have to keep your head in the right position for it to work.
Once you move you fall straight back into snoring. When you wear a TSD, and as long as you don’t sleep on your front, it continues working regardless of how much you move around.
These devices are generally made of a medical-grade silicone material so they do not irritate anything they come into contact with, be that your gums, tongue or lips. I have personally found them to be a very comfortable solution.
Bottom line: TSD devices do all the work in a safe way leaving you free to sleep as you always do except of course now you won’t be snoring.
When it comes to effectiveness TSDs tend to steal the spotlight. There are a lot of devices aimed at preventing snoring these days, but they aren’t always as effective as most of us would like.
But when you examine the record of TSDs you’ll find that they hit an effective rate of at least 80 percent with many ratings significantly higher than this and it’s because they work that have become so popular. It also helps that they are both comfortable and affordable.
A TSD should not be worn if you can’t breathe through your nose. So, if you have a cold or it is ragweed season and your allergies are acting up, don’t use your device until you are feeling better.
I speak from experience when I say that if you use this type of device when your nose is blocked then you will be gagging all night.
You might find nasal strips or the use of natural essential oils and herbs, such as eucalyptus, neroli, black elderberry, eyebright, and bayberry root will help with your congestion. Then, when your nose is breathing easy, you can go back to using your device.
It’s also important to note that some users can experience initial tongue tip, irritation and even soreness. This subsides after about 4 to 7 days for the vast majority of people.
It’s important to get that level of suction that attaches the tongue to the device in a way that doesn’t cause you pain. This can take a period of trial and error before you get it just right.
As TSDs also make contact with the gums some users can experience periods of soreness, but again this will subside after a short period of time.
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD)
This category of devices helps you stop snoring by holding your lower jaw in a forward position.
Just as gravity can see your tongue fall back and constrict your air flow, so it can see your jaw drop onto your chest, which results in the same obstructing effect. This is quite common in those who sleep on their back. An MAD basically moves your jaw forward.
In most cases, jaw-retaining mouth guard for snoring utilizes a technology known as the boil-and-bite fitting process.
Please don’t panic; it sounds more complicated than it is and if I can do it, so can you.
First of all you need to soften the molding components of the product and you do this by just dropping it into boiling water.
You then remove it and let it cool off for a while.
Once it is at a safe temperature, you insert it into your mouth and bite down firmly. The soft material will mold to your teeth or gums. You will know if a product uses this method if it mentions the word “thermoplastic.”
If you’re one for judging a book by its cover then perhaps MADs are not as appealing as TSDs, but they are effective. If you have a gag reflex then there is a chance you will choke the first time you try to wear one. A correctly fitted, quality device; however, will help deliver the highest level of anti-snore effectiveness and comfort. As MADs encourage you to bite down this helps create jaw tension, thereby holding it in its proper position.
What to Expect
It may take your jaw a bit of time to get used to an MAD, so you should expect some soreness. If you wear contacts then perhaps you can remember how dreadful they felt at first, but now? Well, the chances are that you do not even notice them. This is very much what happens with MADS, after an initial period of getting used to it, it’s as though it isn’t there.
If the pain does continue for longer than two weeks, it may be best to consider other options. Your experience will depend a lot on the product you purchase. For example, a cheap device that covers your molars can readily promote a gag reflex.
Modern jaw holding devices have come a long way in recent years. Quality ones provide a much better fit, and some offer really thoughtful features that are designed to deliver snorers from as much pain and noise as possible. Some even have adjustment mechanisms built in; a fine-adjustment feature is a good example, but even better than that is the micro-adjustment feature now available on some models. There are also some that have visible measurement scales, which allow you to easily keep track of your adjustments.
The level of adjustment provided will dictate its safety level. Now, this is not saying that every MAD without adjustment potential will cause problems. However, the more you are able to customize a device, the safer it typically is.
It should be noted that a jaw holding device can also be helpful in preventing the damage caused by teeth grinding, too. Since the appliance holds your jaw in place, it will keep your teeth from damaging one another, while also stopping you from snoring.
Some are still under the assumption that they have to go their dentist to get an MAD. This is not true. The jaw-retainers commonly prescribe by dentists are generally made of wire and hard plastic. Not to mention, they can cost thousands of dollars. Modern ones are readily available online, and you can achieve a custom fit in the privacy of your own home.
The ability to custom fit your own MAD truly is remarkable, and I personally believe that the degree of adjustability available on any one device determines its effectiveness, safety and overall quality. The more you can adjust it, the better.
With features now allowing increments in mm then I personally vouch for the product you can adjust the most when and how you want to. Two solid examples of products that feature great levels of adjustability are the VitalSleep and the SnoreRx.
What to look for in TSDs and MADs when buying?
With an ever-growing number of products on the market today, boasting various features, it has become much harder to decide, “Which one?”
Unless like me you really want to spend money, time and stress trying a variety of oral devices you should make every effort to pick the one that is right for you from the beginning.
Becoming familiar with the characteristics of each product through this website will help you make your decision. I don’t want anyone else to go through the time-wasting expense I did.
The type of materials used, as well as their quality, is a significant factor. The most important thing to look for is that the product is free of Bisphenol A, more commonly referred to as BPA.
The chances are good that you have already heard of some of the dangers presented by BPA.
Sadly, and rather annoyingly, it continues to be used to make some products, so please do avoid it at all costs.
BPA is the building block used to create polycarbonate plastic. It mimics estrogen, and has been linked to heart disease, liver abnormalities, diabetes, cancer, and erectile dysfunction.
It has also been suggested that it can effect hormone and brain development in fetuses and young children.
But if it’s only going to sit in your mouth, you’re probably thinking that it shouldn’t be such a big deal; you’re not eating it after all, right? , Wrong.
In a study that tested cashier receipts containing BPA it was found that BPA enters the body through the skin and is detectable in the blood stream after only four minutes of contact.
Considering your oral device will be in your mouth for an average of eight hours per night, well, the results speak for themselves. Don’t take risks with you and your loved one’s health. It’s just not worth it.
Most devices claim to be BPA-free, but many of the cheaper products made overseas contain some type of mystery material. There is no way to know if they contain BPA, but there is definitely a possibility that they do. So I advise that you stay away from those products that don’t clearly detail the materials used.
Another thing to consider when looking at material is latex.
It is estimated that approximately three million Americans are allergic to latex. You may not even know that you are but if you think a reaction could be a concern, then it’s probably best to stay away from any products that contain this material.
A quality material to look for is dental thermoplastic.
This material is used for dentures and other professionally produced mouth appliances.
Adjustability is Absolutely Essential for MADs
As, I’ve already mentioned, I believe the more you can adjust a device, the more comfortable it will be. Comfort has to be a top priority when choosing a product.
Otherwise, you will have a hard time sleeping, and poor sleep, as you know from snoring, can compromise not only your own health but of those around you. The materials used and the adjustability level will ultimately dictate your comfort and thus overall experience.
If you didn’t know already TSDs are not adjustable because they don’t really need to be, but MADs, well they really benefit from these features, the main ones being boil-and-bite and incremental adjustability.
Boil-and-bite offers a “rough” fit that, when complimented by incremental adjustability, the “fine” fit, ensures you have the most comfortable option available.
In my opinion the fine or even micro adjustability feature of a MAD is essential, because without it you just don’t get the same level of comfort.
Like snowflakes, no two mouths are the same. Therefore, if you choose a MAD, it is really important that it conforms to the exact shape of your mouth. Most of the modern devices on the market today include the “boil and bite” technology. You drop them in boiling water to soften the material.
Once you remove it, and it cools to a safe temperature, you put it in your mouth, and bite down. The firm pressure allows it to mold to your teeth or gums for a custom fit. Some claim they can be remolded as many as five times. This really is an important aspect of any MAD, the more you can remold it the better. Even five times isn’t really enough for some people as mouths and teeth change shape and position over the course of a device’s life, which nowadays can be as long as 15 months. So the more boil-and-bite chances you can get, the better.
Incremental Micro Adjustability
Some MAD devices are designed with what is known as micro adjustability. This is a very important feature as it allows the snorer to adjust their snoring appliance with even more precision.
Each setting is normally one millimeter in length and the user can choose to have a lower setting, medium setting or full extension setting.
All of our facial structures are different and the MAD devices, in my experience, which are the most comfortable and most effective are those that have this micro adjustability designed with them.
Dental Impression Kits Customization
There are also dental impression kits available. This is a more costly option. With these MADs the manufacturer sends you a mouth tray and an amount of molding clay. You put the clay in the tray, and bite down. This leaves an exact impression of your teeth.
You then mail the kit to the manufacturer where they produce a custom fitted oral device just for you in their laboratory. These do allow you to achieve a very precise fit, but it can take several weeks from the initial order to the receipt of the final product.
Not all devices have breathing holes, and not all snorers need them. Individuals with sinus problems or some type of medical condition that restricts airflow through the nasal cavity can benefit from a preventive snoring mouthguard with a breathing hole. These can also be ideal for those who sleep with their mouth open.
If you choose one of these products it is important that the size of the hole be considered carefully. One that is too small won’t allow enough air to reach your lungs, but an overly large hole may force your mouth into an uncomfortable position. It should be noted that breathing holes can result in whistling noises, generated by the airflow, and they can also cause dry throats and mouths.
Affordability and Value
At first glance a super cheap product may seem like a great deal, but if it doesn’t last, or if it is so uncomfortable that it never gets worn, then it can actually work out costing you more. On the other hand, one that you spend a little more on can be a sound investment, if you actually wear it, and it works. You will get your money’s worth out of it.
Oral devices generally range from $35 to $200. Obviously, if you are purchasing a custom-designed product from your dentist, this number could run into the thousands.
If you are anything like me then you are probably thinking that you want to try at least the cheapest product to see if it works. What’s wrong with at least giving it a go, right? Well, I did this, and learned my lesson, the hard way. I lost money, time and it made my problems worse.
Unfortunately I didn’t have a website telling me what features to consider if I had, well, I could have saved a lot of money and time during the trial-and-error phase of what at times was a nightmarish experience! So please do use this website, take your time and really read through everything there is to know about each product and come to a conclusion that you feel happy and confident in. Then you can purchase your anti-snoring device in the knowledge that you know your sleepless days are going to be over.
Cost should be a factor, but it should not dictate your decision. You do not necessarily need the most expensive option but what you do need is one with features that will best accommodate you and your snoring. Using this formula as a basic guideline can help provide you with the best cost-effectiveness for you and your budget.
Some people purchase a mouthpiece with unrealistic expectations, assuming they will last far longer than they are designed to.
Considering that this is something you wear for about one-third of your day, every single day, it is understandable why most need to be replaced more frequently than you might expect.
If you look at the chart provided it’s easy to see that most of the quality products have a life expectancy of between 12 to 24 months. Some even recommend a new replacement every three months.
Obviously, if you are replacing your device at a quarterly rate, then the cost could become a huge factor.
So, choosing a product that is a little more durable, with a longer lifespan, may well cost a bit more to begin with but in the long run it will deliver better cost value.
If you only sleep an average of five hours per night, maybe your device will last longer. If you grind your teeth every night, you can expect to go through them faster.
That’s just the way it is with mouthguards.
Things You Should Know
If you have a ton of questions racing through your mind right now, this is perfectly normal. Below are some answers to FAQs that the vast majority of snorers ask when considering which oral device to buy.
What causes snoring?
Snoring is basically the sound created by resistance and turbulence in the upper airway. As opposed to popular opinion, the nose is not where the sound of snoring comes from. Conversely, snoring begins from the back of the airway. The oropharynx, which is behind the tongue, might become constricted while you sleep.
Approximately 50% of the population snores. Odds are you have heard someone snoring before or know what it sounds like.
When the body sleeps, it becomes very relaxed, and so do the muscles that keep the upper airway open. The deepest stage of sleep, known as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) is when the muscles are the most relaxed and when this in particular is more prominent. When the airway shrinks, turbulence goes up and thus causes the soft tissues at the base of the throat to vibrate. This is where the snoring sounds come from.
A Variety of Factors can cause Snoring and Sleep Apnea Including but not Limited To:
- Excess Weight. Even being as little as 5 pounds overweight due to overeating or insufficient exercise can cause additional fatty tissue in the throat which can block the airway while sleeping.
- In addition to the hundreds of other health hazards associated with smoking, snoring is another one. Each extra cigarette smoked causes irritation in the airway which can cause it to swell and thus impede proper air flow.
- Alcohol and sleeping pills. When the body relaxes too much during sleep it is more likely to cause vibrations that lead to snoring.
- Getting Older. As our bodies age, we lose more muscle tone every year. This includes our throats, when there are less muscles in our throats it makes it easier for vibrations to occur and thus snoring.
- When allergies flare up, this can lead to snoring depending on what the snorer is allergic too. Even something as simple as small nasal congestion can lead to snoring.
- Various sleeping positions. The supine position (aka sleeping on your back) is more likely to lead to snoring. Attempt sleeping on the sides, where the chances of snoring are less.
- Mouth breathing. When we breathe through our mouths at night, this creates a higher probability of snoring since the air entering the body hits the back of the throat directly, which can cause vibrations. When we breathe through our noses, the air does not hit the back of the throat in a direct manner, rather it curves around the airway smoothly, therefore causing less vibrations.
- Nasal obstructions. If the nose is blocked or stuffed in anyway, this will force you to breathe through the mouth more often, and by looking at number 7 above we can see why this is not optimal. Nasal congestion can also make you snore just on its own due to the fact the blockage creates a narrower space for air to pass through and creating vibrations on its own.
How does an MAD work?
A mandibular advancement mouthguard reduces or stops your snoring by moving the jaw forward. It sits between the upper and lower teeth, and works by tightening the tissue and muscles in the upper airway. If your jaw is held forward, then gravity cannot pull it down toward your throat where it can constrict your airway. You simply insert it in your mouth before going to sleep. MADs are popular in the USA, Canada, and the UK.
How does a TSD work?
Similar to an MAD in its approach, a tongue stabilizing device fits on the tip of your tongue. Generally, you squeeze a bulb on the device before you position your tongue against it. Once your tongue is in position, you release the bulb, and it creates a vacuum, thereby holding your tongue in place. If your tongue cannot fall into your throat, your airway is kept clear.
Most of these oral devices have a couple of tabs that protrude from the outer lips. This helps keep your tongue and the device in the proper forward position. Although not quite as popular as MADs, in many cases they can be just as effective at stopping snoring and aren’t as intrusive.
How long do oral devices last?
Life expectancy of these products varies from one to the next. If you look at the chart I prepared, you will see that 6 to 18 months is the average expectancy for most. However, just because one claims to have a 12-month lifespan does not mean it will hold true for you.
Your sleeping habits will affect a device’s lifespan, so it could last for a longer or shorter amount of time. As a rule, if you grind your teeth, your device will need to be replaced more frequently. Also, those that are custom-fitted and obtained through a dentist tend to have the longest lifespan, which can be measured in years rather than months.
How to Maintain and Care for my Anti Snore Mouth Guard?
An important way to care for your mouth guard is to take special care if you have any pets or animals that like to chew on objects.
Make sure to keep it away from animals that like to chew on things, as I have had my dog destroy one of my very expensive mouthpieces in the past!
Dogs in particular are known to use anti snoring devices as chew toys. Make sure to store your device properly in its protective casing and kept safely in a drawer or dresser.
There are a few options when it comes to cleaning an anti-snoring mouthpiece. Some special cleaning fluids can be purchased online or in a brick and mortar store to clean your product.
A quick and easy method to clean a device is to use a toothbrush and water to make sure no dirt particles stick on it and also help thwart any bacteria or fungus from growing on it.
Will a MAD make my mouth sore?
It is quite common to feel facial and jaw discomfort when you start wearing a MAD because muscles are being forced to remain tense and your jaw is held in an unnatural position. Anytime you work your muscles in a different way you can expect soreness. If you have ever started an extreme exercise regime after not exercising for some time then you can probably relate.
Generally, the soreness lasts three-to-seven days. Give your face time to get used to this unnatural positioning. If the discomfort does not subside, you will need to discontinue use, and speak with a dental or medical care provider about your options.
Can mouthpieces be worn with dentures?
TSD’s can help snorers that wear dentures. Since you do not have to physically bite on the appliance to hold it in place, you don’t need teeth to wear it. The majority of the piece sits on the outside of your lips.
MAD’s are not a recommended option for denture wearers because they do require you to bite down. Some products state they are denture-compatible, but they do require that your dentures be worn while you sleep.
Will a mouthpiece stop me from grinding my teeth?
One of the greatest things about anti snoring mouth guards is that they can actually address your snoring and teeth grinding at the same time. Most of these products are made of a material that is similar to that used in dental guards.
They are positioned between the two rows of teeth, which stops the damage caused by grinding. If you are using a MAD as a dental guard, do make sure you check with the manufacturer to see if the product is a practical solution.
What if Snoring Persists while Using the Snore Device?
There is no guarantee your snoring will end when using an anti-snoring appliance. The products do not work for everyone, but they do work for the majority of users. You also might notice that a mouthpiece might work for an extended period of time, 6 months or a year or more, but it stops working after that.
The first thing to do is make sure the device is being used properly if you are still snoring while using the product. You want to make sure the settings are correct and if you are using a MAD device make sure the lower jaw is extended forward.
Believe it or not the first time I ever used a MAD device I did not even have my jaw extended forward. There might also be additional settings you can use such as precision adjustments which allow for even more extension to reduce snoring.
Make sure to never surpass the written instructions on how far the jaw should be extended.
Another possible explanation for continued snoring is having gained some extra weight. Being overweight has been shown to cause or amplify snoring; if you have gained ten or even five pounds while using a product, your mouthpiece might not be as effective as it once was.
If you lose weight this can improve your breathing at night and reduce snoring as well. There are scientific studies which show a relationship between having excess weight and snoring and having excess weight and sleep apnea.
Another cause for snoring can be alcohol use. Make sure you do not have any alcoholic drinks at least four hours before sleeping.
Finally, the position with which you sleep could be causing your snoring. Sleeping while on the back, also known as the supine position, can increase snoring. If you sleep on your side, this will help reduce snoring.
Snoring could also be a sign of sleep apnea, you should check with a medical professional to make sure you do not suffer from sleep apnea as a licensed physician is the only one who is able to make such a diagnosis.
What are the Complications of some of the Best Snoring Solutions?
There are risks and complications associated with snoring devices.
Almost all of them grip onto the teeth strongly and in such a way that could cause the teeth to move from their original position.
Since we wear these devices for an entire night of sleep which can be eight hours or more, the stress placed on the teeth in one direction can cause bite alignment issues.
Often times when waking up the mandibula and maxilla can often feel out of place or misaligned.
This is most noticeable when we stop sleeping in the morning. During breakfast in the morning, your teeth might not feel like they fit together properly like they normally do, or even hours before when you started sleeping.
Normally, this gets better as the day goes on.
As with all medical products, there are always the potential for complications, and dental sleep and snoring treatments are no different.
The misalignment and off feeling can be avoided by using TSD devices since they do not grip onto the teeth in such a way to cause any issues.
They hold the tongue instead of the jaw, I personally recommend the GMSS TSD device in this situation.
Do I need to visit a dentist and get a prescription to order it?
There is not a yes or no answer for this. Both TSD and MAD devices fall under the “Class II Medical Device” title by the FDA. By default, these products require a prescription.
However, thanks to the adequate directions for use explained in the Code of Federal Regulations, there is a way around this requirement.
You can read through the technical outline if you wish to, but in a nutshell, you do not need a prescription to order one of these anti-snoring devices online.
Are the discounted devices on eBay okay to buy?
Considering this product is going in your mouth and can ultimately affect your health, even your life, I would advise that you think very long and very hard before buying a cheap, no-name product on eBay. You can find devices as cheap as $5, but you will have a hard time finding any information about the product.
If you don’t know what it’s made from then you will have no idea if it contains BPA, which it likely will, especially if it is extremely cheap.
Plus, since many of these no-name products are shipped from overseas it is nearly impossible to find any reviews on them or the company manufacturing them.
This is not to say that eBay only sells only cheap, dangerous, devices. That isn’t the case at all as you can occasionally find some that do provide thorough descriptions, but as a rule, perhaps it’s best to remember the old saying, “You get what you pay for.”
This does not mean you need the most expensive product on the market, but it does mean that if you are going to spend money on a device, let it be one you trust; one with an established reputation. Choose a product that the Food and Drug Administration has approved.
Will a mouthpiece help with my obstructive sleep apnea?
In some cases, oral devices can be helpful with this sleep disorder, but it depends on what type of sleep apnea you have. There are two different types:
- Central Sleep Apnea – CSA is resulted when the lungs don’t receive a command from the brain that tells them to breathe.
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea – OSA is the result of an obstruction in the upper airway.
Both varieties are considered serious, and if you have CSA then using an oral device could cause severe adverse health effects or even prove fatal. Therefore, it is very important that you know which type of sleep apnea you have before using an oral appliance.
You cannot self-diagnose this condition. It is crucial that you speak with your medical care provider. In most cases you will be referred to a sleep specialist to be part of a sleep study performed in a lab. Sometimes a home sleep test method is also used.
Can I breathe through my mouth while wearing an oral device?
If you purchase a device with a breathing hole, then you will be able to breathe through your mouth. If there is no hole then you won’t.
Do make sure that if you purchase one with a hole that the empty space is the right size. One that is too large will hold your jaw wider than it should while one that is too small will restrict airflow.
Is there a possibility of swallowing the device while I sleep?
A product approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Health Canada’s Therapeutic Products Directorate, or any other government regulating service is considered safe. These devices should not pose a choking hazard.
However, hazardous items have been approved in the past by such organizations. This does not necessarily apply to mouthpieces, but think of the toys, cars, food, etc., that get recalled from time-to-time for safety precautions. Nothing is 100 percent guaranteed, but approved items are expected to not cause problems.
What is the boil and bite method?
You will see the term “boil-and-bite” used a lot when you start exploring mouthpiece options. This is merely a method that is used to create a custom fit with some anti-snoring appliances.
Products that use this method are briefly placed in boiling water to soften the material. After being removed and reaching a safe temperature they are then placed in the mouth where they are given a firm bite. This creates an impression in the soft material, so when it cools and hardens, it is molded to the shape of the user’s teeth.
This is a less expensive alternative to those oral devices that use dental impression kits. With these products, you get a mouth tray and clay from the manufacturer. You bite into the clay and send it to the laboratory where your device is professionally made.
Are MAD’s or TSD’s recommended for children?
In most cases, the material for these devices can be heated and cooled up to two-to-three times. So, if you are worried about getting the perfect impression on the first bite, don’t be.
You will see that it is very easy to create a custom fit, but don’t panic, if you don’t get it right the first time. It is important to understand though that every time the material is manipulated it does break down a little.
Always consult your manufacture’s care instructions for details. Some products claim to be fine to boil and bite as many as five times, but this is quite a stretch, in my opinion.
How will I clean my it?
Cleaning and disinfecting your device is important to your health. Fortunately, both TSD’s and MAD’s are quite easy to care for. Most of them can simply be cleaned using a toothbrush and toothpaste. However, there are some that do require a specific cleaning solution be used, so you will want to consult the manufacturer’s care instructions.
The level of care may be a factor to consider when choosing a product. You will have to clean whichever one you choose, but if one requests a special cleaning product this may play into your decision. Also, keep in mind that a device with a lot of nooks and crannies will naturally be more susceptible to harboring bacteria, and will therefore require a more extensive cleaning regime.
Can a MAD be remolded with the boil and bite method?
In most cases, the material for these devices can be heated and cooled two-to-three times. So, if you are worried about getting the perfect impression on the first bite, don’t be.
You will see that it is very easy to create a custom fit, but don’t panic, if you don’t get it right the first time. It is important to understand though that every time the material is manipulated it does break down a little more.
Always consult your manufacture’s care instructions for details. Some products claim to be fine to boil and bite as many as five times. However, this is quite a stretch from my experience.
What does it mean for a device to cleared by the FDA?
If an oral device has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration then it is generally considered safe.
The FDA is responsible for doing thorough testing on food, drugs, biological products, cosmetics, medical devices, and countless other products. They seek to protect public health through their recommendations.
If I have TMJ can I use a mouthpiece?
Temporomandibular joint disorder has a wide variety of causes, including misaligned bite, clenching and grinding, cartilage wear-and-tear, dislocation, and arthritis. It can cause jaw joint, ear, and tooth pain.
Since the condition’s causes and symptoms are all primarily mouth and jaw-related, most MAD manufacturers advise against usage. Ignoring the safety recommendations may worsen your symptoms long term.
TSDs, however, have been put forward as a solution you can use with TMJ. However, please remember only your registered healthcare giver is qualified to assist you in choosing which anti-snoring devices will best address your specific needs. It is strongly advised that you seek their advice before going forwards.
However, this may be something you chose to discuss with your doctor.
Why am I being asked to fill out a questionnaire when purchasing online?
Some manufacturers ask a few questions about your oral health to make sure their product is suitable for your needs. You can view it as a way of them looking out for you.
Always answer all questions truthfully, as it is in the best interests of both you and the manufacturer to do so.
Are MAD’s or TSD’s safe to use?
These devices are considered safe under these conditions:
- You only use the product for its intended purpose and follow manufacturer’s instructions.
- The FDA or another trusted regulatory agency approves the device.
- You don’t have gum disease, loose teeth, TMJ, or any other medical condition that could be worsened by wearing one of these devices.
Which product should I buy?
With well over 100 products on the market it can obviously be quite daunting to decide, “Which one?”
If you would rather not spend a lot of time reading reviews, please take a look at the article linked here: My Mouthpiece Recommendation. It’s a list of three products which I believe, based on my extensive experience, are the best options available.