Although most snorers turn to mandibular advancement devices to help them stop snoring, tongue stabilizing devices are gaining popularity.
Rather than holding the jaw in a forward position, these products work by holding the tongue, so it cannot fall back towards the throat.
Like MADs, there are quite a few TSDs on the market. So, to stand out from the rest a mouthpiece needs to be better than average. The aveoTSD is definitely one worth taking a closer look at.
What is aveoTSD?
The aveoTSD is a noninvasive anti-snoring device that suctions gently to the tip of your tongue. When you fall asleep, your muscles relax, and this includes your tongue. When gravity pulls it back toward your throat, your airway is obstructed, and soft tissues vibrate as air is forced through to your lungs. This vibration is what causes the snoring sound. Since aveoTSD holds your tongue while you sleep, it allows your airway to remain free of obstructions.
This mouthpiece is made of soft medical grade silicone that is non-irritating to the gums. Unlike many oral devices that need to be fitted either in a laboratory or by using a boil-and-bite technique, aveoTSD is ready-to-use right out-of-the-box. It is available in small, medium, and large sizes, but the manufacturer states the medium fits about 95 percent of patients.
This company also suggests that aveoTSD is suitable for denture wearers and individuals with TMJ. The product is said to have a life expectancy of 12 months, but with proper care, some patients are able to stretch this to 24 months.
The manufacturer does not suggest using this device the first night for sleeping. It is recommended to spend time getting used to it for small time periods while watching television, cleaning the house, etc. This will allow you to get used to the sensation of having the appliance attached to your tongue.
You will always want to run your aveoTSD under hot water before using it. This will soften the silicone and make it easier to work with. When you look at the mouthpiece, make sure that the V-notch is facing down, so it can fit around the lingual frenulum, which is the mucous membrane that begins at the floor of the mouth and runs upward along the underside of the tongue. In some cases, the mouthpiece may need to be modified to provide enough room for the frenulum.
To attach aveoTSD you will push your tongue gently inside until it touches both sides of the device. Squeeze the two ends of the bulb repeatedly to create a pumping action. The device will draw your tongue inward until it attaches snugly. It should not be too tight or too loose. This will likely take a little practice to achieve the precise fit.
The manufacturer states that it does typically take about a week to get used to wearing it. You may experience soreness and hypersalivation, and you may find that the device falls off while you sleep until you are able to achieve the perfect fit every time you put it in. If snoring continues, then you may need a clip-on Uni-Spacer to help your tongue protrude even further.
Your aveoTSD will need to be rinsed under hot water daily and thoroughly cleaned using a denture solution once a week. You never want to clean or store it using mouthwash. If the product contains alcohol it can damage the silicone.
The aveoTSD will generally cost between $90 and $140, depending on where you buy it and your geographic location. Individuals living in the United States and some other countries must have a prescription from a dentist or physician for this mouthpiece.
If you live in a country where aveoTSD cannot be purchased online, I recommend Good Morning Sleep Solution. It is a very similar product that I have personally had a positive experience with, and it can be ordered online.
Pros and Cons
Like all anti-snoring solutions, aveoTSD has its share of pros and cons. It is important to become familiar with both the positive and negative aspects before making your decision.
- Ready-to-use right out-of-the-box with no special fitting or trimming required.
- Three sizes are available to ensure a good fit.
- Long expected lifespan of at least 12 months.
- Six-month replacement warranty on manufacturing defects.
- Manufacturer states it can be worn by individuals with dentures and TMJ.
- Medical-grade silicone is nonirritating.
- Not suitable for individuals who breathe through their mouth.
- Need to spend time getting used to it before wearing it all night.
- Takes practice to get the right fit.
- May cause hypersalivation and soreness in the tongue.
- A clip-on Uni-Spacer may be needed if snoring does not stop.
- Cannot be ordered in most locations online. You need to go to a dentist or doctor for a prescription.
Here Are a Few Reviews from Actual Customers
Considering aveoTSD has been around for several years and is a product that requires a prescription it is not surprising that there are a lot of positive reviews for it. However, there are also patients that complain of soreness, and had a hard time with the fitting process.
“My initial impression is that it is great for snoring. I can make a snoring noise any time I want to and it sometimes comes out when I sniff or laugh. What impresses me with the Aveo is that, try as I might, when it is in I cannot make a snoring noise at all. The only bad part is that it is really hard to swallow without your tongue being able to move. Complicating this is that having something on your tongue encourages salivation. The pamphlet says that this dies down after a while, especially if you follow the gradual conditioning process they outline. I am not sure I will use this for apnea because my oral appliance is working well, but it is a handy backup, especially for travel or my appliance breaks.” – Matt Marcus
“Apparently once you get use to sleeping with something in your mouth, it does work. My Father decided to put his money where his mouth was due to his snoring issues (before my mother kicked him out of bed I am sure) and they are both much happier because of it. Sleeping better and getting a better quality of sleep.” – Aveo Keen
“I’ve been using this device for about 4 years and now I’m throwing it away. Off and on it has irritated my gums and caused numerous mouth ulcers. Now it has given me a gum infection and I need anti-biotic treatment.” – Mermaid Girl
If you do not mind getting a prescription from a dentist or physician, then I recommend trying aveoTSD to stop snoring, especially since the newer product is more streamlined and comfortable. Prior to 2009, the silicone was a little thicker, so do make sure that if you get one you check that the manufactured date is after 2009.
The product was created by New Zealand’s Dr. Chris Robertson, who happens to specialize in dental sleep medicine. He devoted several years to clinical studies to prove its effectiveness. So, the fact that it is designed by a dentist and proven through studies is beneficial. It is also FDA-cleared.
The manufacturer states that the product can be worn by individuals with TMJ and dentures, however it is not recommended for those who cannot breathe through their nose due to a deviated septum, sinus problems, nasal polyps, injury, etc.
If you live in the United States or another country where you cannot get aveoTSD without a visit to the dentist, I recommend Good Morning Sleep Solution, or GMSS. It was also developed by a doctor, clinically tested and cleared by American, Australian, and Canadian regulatory agencies.
Like aveoTSD, GMSS works by gently holding your tongue forward. It is affordable and can be easily ordered online.
My Rating: 3.9
Which Product Should I Buy?
With well over 100 products on the market it can obviously be quite daunting to decide, “Which one?”
To help ease the decision process I have created a comparison chart where you can effortlessly assess each product and its features, price, pros and cons. I have also written several detailed reviews for those devices that I believe to be leading products.
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 to people who suffer from snoring.