If you snore a lot or have sleep apnea, you might have known about the various treatment options available. The market is filled with anti-snoring solutions but the key to have success with this method is to match the solution with the root of the problem. In the case of tongue snorer, or those who snore when they sleep on their back, snoring mouth guards are among the most effective solution recommended by experts.
If you fit into this type of snorer, you might want to know how this anti-snoring product works and what factors to consider when you buy them.
How Do Snoring Mouth Guards Work?
Snoring mouth guard is also known as mouth shield, which is designed to prevent you from breathing through your mouth as you sleep. Breathing through the mouth during sleep is one of the most common causes of snoring because it creates vibrations in your throat that create the noise.
This device is shaped and designed like a mouth guard that is used by boxers and athletes. But this one has a slim design so it fits naturally and comfortably into your mouth. The size is also large enough that you won’t have to worry about choking with it during sleep. It is custom fitted by your TMJ dentist to ensure a snug fit. There are also some designs of mouth guards that are intended to protect you from teeth grinding or clenching during sleep.
Currently, there are two types of snoring mouth guards in the market: mandibular repositioning device and the tongue retaining device. A mandibular repositioning device is designed to reposition your lower jaw so that it is situated forward and down, creating an open path for your respiratory system while you sleep. On the other hand, the tongue retaining device ensures that your tongue stays in place in order to prevent it from blocking your airways. When your airway is open, you can stop snoring.
Tips for Buying Mouth Guards for Snoring
The use of mouth guards for snoring is now one of the most popular treatment options for snoring because of the ease of use. But the popularity of this anti-snoring device has resulted in many cheap imitations in the market that are not as effective. Make sure to check the mouth guard you buy is FDA-approved or provided by a snoring specialist.
There are different types of mouth guards to choose from such as the stock mouth guard. This is the most common type of mouth guard for snoring available, which is designed to cover only the top set of teeth. Then, there is the boil-and-bite mouth guard, which is relatively inexpensive and sold in most drug stores. It comes in a few size options but it softens when you boil it so you can adjust its fit to your teeth’s natural shape. You bite it down to secure it in place.
There are also custom mouth guards for snoring, which you can get from a sleep apnea specialist or your dentist. This one is more expensive but also most effective because the snug fit ensures that it can facilitate proper breathing and an open air passage.