What Are Snoring Mouthpieces?

wasmIf you’re at this site, there is no doubt that you are looking for a good sleep after being dogged by snoring. But can you get the best of sleep with snoring mouthpieces? The answer will probably not surprise you, as reviewing these things is what we do around here, but yes. It will. There are a few mental roads you need to cross before you fully embrace the snoring mouthpiece, however, so consider this page a warning that these devices are not as easy as advertised for a lot of people, and do take some getting used to.

 

Mouthpiece Comfort

Now, first let me note that mouthpieces are not as comfortable as having nothing in your mouth. Surprising? Probably not. In fact, let it be said that some mouthpieces are more comfortable than others, but all of them are designed with the same point in mind: to stop you from snoring. Comfort is always a question for everybody, of course, because you have to remember that these devices do not “cure” your snoring. You have to remember that you will be wearing a mouthpiece for a long period of time, and it is definitely not worth it to wear something that hurts or is even mildly uncomfortable (it’s hard to relax and get a good sleep when you’re bothered by something). With that said, for many people, sleeping with something in their mouths takes some time to adapt. On the other hand, if you have dentures (consider the Good Morning Snore Solution) or have worn retainers, you are probably already familiar with oral appliances.

If you have not worn dentures or a retainer before, take heart: these mouthpieces are constructed with comfort in mind, and most people get used to wearing them within a couple of days. There may be mild discomfort or some higher levels of saliva for a few days to a week, but you do get used to these things.

What “Type” Are You?

One of the most important things to determine when you are choosing a snoring mouthpiece to go with is determining which type suits you. So first, let’s ask some pertinent questions. Are you a denture wearer? Do you wear a bridge? Are you exclusively a mouth breather? Do you have nasal congestion issues? Have you been diagnosed as having “central sleep apnea”?

Each of these questions will be important to your choice of mouthpiece. So, for example, as I noted above, a denture (or dental retainer) wearing patient should only be considering the Good Morning Snore Solution mouthpiece (again, our review is here). This is because the GMSS is a “tongue stabilizing mouthpiece”, which means it holds your tongue in place instead of adjusting your jaw. It is one of the only “tongue stabilizing” mouthpieces available on the market today. Additionally, it has been the most effective for almost all snorers, and is always one of the most comfortable.

Secondly, we will talk about Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD, if you like), which count for pretty much every other mouthpiece on the market. These types are key for people who are “exclusive mouth-breathers”. The way these work is they position your jaw so that it cannot slide backwards during sleep, which will then allow the back of your tongue to block the soft palate. A blocked soft palate is where your snoring sounds are coming from. The best MAD product for adjustability, without a doubt, is the SnoreRX (see our review). Adjustability, meanwhile, is major for these types of mouthpieces. This is because, now say it with me, “adjustability equals comfort”. It’s really that simple.

This is why in this category there are a number of mouthpieces that use the “boil and bite” strategy for fitting (the ZQuiet is our favorite here). “Boil and bite” is where you place the mouthpiece in boiling water, and then bite down on it. The resulting shape/size you create from this becomes fitted precisely to your mouth.

Science Of Snoring Mouthpieces

A key thing to remember with snoring is that it is usually “obstructive sleep apnea” (the American Sleep Apnea Association’s definition is here). Basically, snoring for most people is an issue of mechanics: the snoring noise that you hear is caused by the fact that when you sleep, you relax, and your tongue falls back against your soft palate. This, in turn, causes some blockage of the airway, which in turn causes not only snoring noises, but difficulties breathing during the night. These breathing difficulties are not only harmful in the longer term, but also in the short term, as they can cause you to awaken from REM sleep and not get the kind of benefits you need from the sleep process.

So what snoring mouthpieces do, in essence, is stop your tongue from sliding back and blocking the airway. It’s really that simple. As I noted above, there are as of now two ways to do this: by repositioning the jaw so that the tongue cannot slip back, or by holding the tongue in place. Either way, these anti snoring devices are by far the most effective of the many (and we do mean many) devices that are out there.

Snoring mouthpieces are basically good because they are comfortable to use and are readily available.There are always going to be natural remedies for snoring, of course, but on a pound-for-pound basis, nothing will stop your snoring faster than a mouthpiece. All effective ways to stop snoring involve some kind of lifestyle change, but mouthpieces by far offer the easiest change of them all. Simply put, learn to sleep with something in your mouth. Believe us, it isn’t much of a struggle.

The fortunate part of this is that these devices are scientifically engineered for comfort. Every snoring device company knows that the only way their device is going to be effective is if the user can stand to use it! This is why only the softest and most durable plastics are used. This is also why some device makers have exhaustive clinical trials of their product before they release it to the public.

In the end, the choice is yours. Read some of our mouthpiece reviews by clicking on the links below:

GMSS

SnoreRX

ZQuiet

VitalSleep

 

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