The Disadvantages Of An Anti Snoring Mouth Guard

Anti Snoring Mouth GuardHey, it”s just a fact of life – people all around the world suffer from snoring. It doesn’t discriminate: no matter what country you’re from, what you eat or how good of a person you are, snoring strikes virtually everybody. And, the problem can be very dangerous and cause various heart problems; which is why it is better to try to stop it before it is too late. The most common devices used to stop snoring include the anti snoring pillow, the chin strap and especially the anti snoring mouth guard. However, none of these devices are perfect, and it’s important to know the disadvantages of them as well, before you decide to buy one.

When it comes to anti snoring mouth guards, also known as snoring mouthpieces, most people will usually buy one first, shopping mainly with price in mind, while not comparing it to other devices within the category.

First off, it is important to note that snoring mouthpieces often cannot help with chronic sleep apnea, but can help those that suffer from regular snoring. This is an important distinction that people usually have determined by their doctor. Some mouthpieces, like the Good Morning Snore Solution (read a review here), can have marked effect on people with milder sleep apnea, but if you have serious, chronic sleep apnea, often the only thing you can do is consider something like a CPAP machine, which is quite expensive and is typically something your doctor will recommend.

But, although anti snoring mouthpieces do have their benefits, there are in fact disadvantages. That’s probably why you’re reading this. They are as follows:

It’s In Your Mouth

Yep, it’s true. It’s probably not shocking to you that a snoring mouthpiece has to stay in your mouth in order to be effective. And there’s the rub. Most people don’t naturally sleep with something in their mouth. Sure, those people that are familiar with dental items such as retainers or sports mouth guards may easily adapt to using a mouthpiece, but for some folks, it can take time.

On the other hand, training yourself to sleep with a mouthpiece isn’t really that difficult. Let’s face it – once you’re asleep, nothing’s going to bother you. For some people, however, “getting trained” takes a few days all the way up to a few weeks. It sometimes can seem difficult, but the reward – stopping your snoring – is well worth it!

Discomfort

So this is very similar to the previous disadvantage. The fact is, these things do take some getting used to. Many people do complain of discomfort when they first start using them, but most of the higher end products, such as the VitalSleep, ZQuiet, SnoreRX and Good Morning Snore Solution, are easy to get used to.

On the other hand, cheap-o $10 mouthpieces from places like Amazon or CVS are typically very uncomfortable, and that doesn’t tend to change. This lower end category tends to feature harder plastics, and can frankly be dangerous to your health. Which of course brings us to our last potential disadvantage:

Risk Of Jaw Issues

OK, so before you panic, understand this point: the mouthpieces reviewed on this website are FDA cleared in most cases, and having that clearance is huge. Secondly, this is something that is confined to a single category of snoring mouth guards: the jaw advancing type. Now, what this means is that the tongue retaining type, of which the main product is the Good Morning Snore Solution, does NOT affect the jaw in any way. It is completely safe in this manner.

Meanwhile, the jaw advancing type, such as VitalSleep (review here), ZQuiet (review here) and the SnoreRX (review here), can potentially cause jaw issues. There have been certain people that have posted complaints such as loosening teeth as well.

An important point to add is that this only happens with some people, and that if you have this issue, you simply have to stop using the mouthpiece – no harm, no foul.

Meanwhile, if you have any issues with Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) or TMJ at all, a Jaw-advancing mouthpiece is probably something you should avoid. This particular category of mouthpiece, known as mandibular advancement devices, or MAD, is something that should not be considered if you have these issues.

(It should be noted, however, that TMD and TMJ are typically diagnosed by your doctor very early on… it’s very unlikely you have this painful condition and don’t know about it)

Additionally, the SnoreRX actually helps to prevents jaw problems because it is minutely adjustable. So, often if you are experiencing some kind of pain, the likelihood is that you can just adjust the mouthpiece to another setting and you’re fine.

In the end, though, you should not experience pain with any anti-snoring device. If you do, it is clearly the wrong device for you.

Dentures

If you have dentures, you won’t be able to use any of the jaw advancing mouthpieces. In that case, the only type you can use is the Good Morning Snore Solution type. This is because all jaw advancing mouthpieces are constructed so that you bite down on them with your teeth in order to retain their position in your mouth. With dentures (which you remove at night), your gums will hurt if you use one of these mouthpieces. So be warned!

Breathing Through The Mouth And TSD

When most snorers sleep, they breathe through their nose. Virtually any mouthpiece will work for these people. This is just normal for many folks. But, in a lot of cases, certain people breathe through their mouth exclusively. Mouth-breathers simply cannot use Tongue Stabilizing Devices like the Good Morning Snore Solution, simply because the device holds the tongue while keeping the mouth closed. For obvious reasons, people who exclusively breathe through their mouth should consider MAD devices only.

Conclusion

If you’re very serious about stopping your snoring problem, there is basically no solution as effective as a snoring mouthpiece. Some people have claimed to have some good experiences with snoring pillows, and some even with some of the snoring chin straps that are out there, but when you break it down, mouthpieces work – whether you’re a mild or heavy snorer. It’s been proven again and again.

So for most people, it’s just a matter of what fits them best. Check out some of our reviews here:

GMSS

SnoreRX

ZQuiet

Zyppah

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