Snoring might seem like a simple problem to some people. But try sleeping beside a snorer for one week, and you will surely change your mind and understand the suffering of individuals who have to deal with the annoying noise every single night. Many relationships were strained because of noisy, sleepless nights. Some even led to divorce.
Don’t think that only the sleeping companion is suffering in a snoring problem. In fact, the snorer suffers the most. The snoring person’s sleep is also affected. It may seem that the snorer is not disturbed by the sound, but the quality of sleep is poor. The sleep shortage can lead to other health issues in the long run. Self-esteem is also significantly affected by snoring.
Nobody should have to endure snoring in this time and age. Snoring is only a vibration caused by the loose tissues in our mouth that block the air passage. The soft palate and tongue are the most common cause of the blockage. Stop the airway obstruction and you can effectively remove the snoring sound.
There are a lot of remedies that one can try to relieve snoring, but to save you from trying everything, we go straight to the most efficient one, and that is anti-snoring mouthpieces. There are two kinds of oral snoring tools that you can use to eliminate snoring.
Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)
MADs may look like a regular sports mouthpiece, but you will be amazed at how this little device could work wonders in eliminating the annoying snore. It works by moving the mandible (lower jaw) forward to clear the air passage. The forward position of the jaw will keep the soft palate tight so that it will not sag to the throat. The tongue is also slightly moved forward when the lower jaw is advanced.
The Mandibular Advancement Device has been proven to help relieve snoring. You may find that prescription mouthpiece could be pricey. Fortunately, dentists came up with over-the-counter varieties that work just as good as the ones custom-fit in the dentist’s clinic.
As an additional safety precaution, this product is not recommended for patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. People with tooth problem or ones with an incomplete set of teeth are also unable to use this device properly.
Tongue Stabilizing Device (TSD)
The tongue is considered to be one of the leading causes of snoring. It usually slides down to the throat while we sleep. The tongue stabilizing device is an effective way to prevent the tongue from obstructing the air passage.
The TSD looks like a suction cup that you put at the tip of your tongue. This device is designed to gently pull the tongue out of your mouth while you sleep. The advantage of this method is the ease of use and it has no after-use discomfort.
It is hard to tell which of the two devices will work for you. The best way to know is to actually try the devices. Most anti-snoring device companies offer free trial or money back guarantees so take advantage of that.