Do you want to rid your life of those infuriating snores your partner produces every evening?
Do you have trouble breathing when you sleep?
Selecting a proper snoring mouthpiece is the answer—and we will prove it!
Here at SnoreBore we give you the simple and necessary, step by step guide to choosing the perfect mouthpiece. That will bring calm and peace back into your nights.
Understand The Types
There are different types of mouthpieces that you will find to help end your snoring blunders. Understanding each type of mouth piece and what they will allow you to choose one that is going to stop you and your abnormal breathing.
Mandibular Advancement Device [MAD}—Mandibular Advancement Splint [MAS]
These anti snoring devices are most commonly known as MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device) or the less commonly these mouthpieces are referred to as MAS. These both work to adjust your lower so that it will be positioned forward with comfort and security. This works to open up your airways better, allowing you to breath deeply without the restrictions that cause the snoring.
Tongue Stabilizing Device [TDS]
This snoring mouthpiece is a device the works to retain your tongues movement, by stabilizing it in the forward position. With the tongue held forward, you are eliminating the restrictions that can come from the tongue blocking your airways during sleep.
Both of these types are sometimes mixed together, which are a hybrid of the two, both stabilizing your tongue forward and adjust your jaw forward for a combination of airway freedom!
Keep An Eye Out
Each of these have devices are scientifically proven to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea as a highly successive rate. In doing that however, there have been a large number of manufacturers that have created low quality products that are made with possibly hazardous materials.
This is a chemical that has become a popular discussion over the last couple of years. This is a type of plastic that has been used to make our plastic products, such as water bottles and other food packaging. The debate right now rages on whether or not these plastic contain parts leak a chemical into our food and drinks through the plastic packaging. Some say that this isn’t a real threat, however most research indicates to stay clear of anything that is package or manufactured with BPA.
Comfort and Adjustability
Whether you opts for a MAD device or TSD, you want to make sure that you are purchasing one that is going to be comfortable to wear when you sleep. Make sure that your MAD is one that you boil to soften the mouth piece that you then bite down onto so that it will form to your mouth and teeth’s exact shape and size. If you are going for a TSD device, this are typically “one size fits all” and do not allow for any adjustments, which can work for some.
Breathing Hole vs. No-Breathing Hole
This one may sound obvious but what we are talking about is whether or not the mouth guard has large breathing holes or not. If you are one that typically sleeps with your mouth wide open, or have a nasal issue, then you are going to want a snore guard that has large breathing holes. The larger breathing holes will allow you to breath easy through the night and allow your airway to operate efficiently without restricting any oxygen to your lungs.
Keep in mind though that some larger breathing holed mouth guards can sometimes cause a whistling noise which will make a noise that is as annoying as snoring. If you typically sleep with your mouth close like most of us do, get a snore guard that doesn’t have any breathing holes in it.
Like most of any other product you are going to use daily, you want to check the amount of time you can expect to be able to use it. Some of the MADs and TSDs have shorter durability than you would expect, but you can refer to our above comparison chart. I would put the table at the very bottom, so that when people land on the page they are not overwhelmed with a huge table to scroll through and instead are given all this education an knowledge so they can navigate that table better at the end and hopefully buy.
Value and Affordability
Products can typically range from $35 to $200 but this number can escalate into the thousands if you are requiring a completely custom mouth guard. The most expensive ones are going to be fitted by your dentist however, and can be covered by a certain percentage by your dental insurance. Any of the guards that you find in the above chart, are going to be in a more considerable price range for you while giving you a great and results orientated product. Buying a very cheap product can run the risk of you purchasing a product that just isn’t going to work, so don’t always think that the cheapest option is your best, sometimes you have to spend a little in order to get a hold of a nuisance such a snoring.
Frequently Ask Questions
What causes snoring?
When your uvula comes into contact with your throat tissue, it creates an airway obstruction. With air trying to make its way out through this, it causes both parts to vibrate which then produces the loud and obnoxious “snoring noise” that you hear.
I have dentures, are there any anti snoring devices that will work for me?
For anyone who wears dentures, we recommend using any of the TDS mouth guards as they will most likely be compatible with your dentures as it works to attach to the users tongue instead of your teeth.
My jaw is sore after using a MAD, is this normal?
The MAD devices works by holding your jaw in the forward position while you sleep. This position is not like the normal position that your jaw currently sits, and therefore it can take 4-7 days before your jaw gets used to this device, but do not worry it will go away and it will become more comfortable.
Do I need a prescription to order one these?
MAD and TSD devices are classified as “Class II medications” which is technically prescription only. However, there is a protocol known as “adequate directions for use” that is detailed in the code of federal regulations. In short, no you do not need a prescription to order one of these online.
Can these help with my teeth grinding issues?
These mouth guards can act as a preventative measure to stop your teeth grinding at night while also stopping your snoring. Most devices are formed and take on the shape of the molds that you will find to prevent teeth grinding, and therefore can act as two.
Am I able to breathe while wearing one of these devices?
This depends on whether or not you purchase a snoring mouthpiece that contains breathing holes in it. Some devices will not have these holes and you will need to breath healthier through your nose. If this is uncomfortable for you though, then a device with breathing holes may be the best choice for you.
How do I clean my MAD or TSD?
You can clean most of the devices by simply using your toothbrush and standard toothpaste that you have sitting in your bathroom right now. More complex devices may require more thorough cleaning, or a specialized cleaning solution, which you can dip your device into for a set amount of time and then rinse off.
Are there choking hazards to be aware of?
All the snoring guard devices found here are approved by government agencies such as the FDA, CA, and AU. They form to your mouth and are large enough in size that they will not slip into your airway, everyone’s mouth is different though and if you have a larger mouth and are using a much smaller device, you may want to reconsider which device your using. Majority of the time though, these present no choking hazards.
My device says “boil and bite” on the instructions, what does that mean?
This is a term used in this industry to describe the process of how you form your snore guard to your specific mouth size and teeth shape. You boil your guard in water for only a few seconds, remove it and place it in between your teeth. You are then directed to close down on your mouth so that the soften material will form exactly to your teeth. Once the guard is removed and cooled down it will maintain this form completely.
How many times can a boil and bite be remolded?
Over time the overall shape and structure of a boil and bite device is going to wear down over time. You can remold your device if it is a quality brand guard about 2-3 times before it will no longer be able to be reformed. It is best to get a perfect mold when you first bite down onto your snore guard and avoid having to remold it at all.
Can children use these devices?
No, at this time it is not recommended for either device types to be used for children since it may interfere with proper mouth and teeth development.
What is the FDA, and what does it mean they approve it?
The Food and Drug Administration controls the distribution of biological, food, drug, cosmetic, and medical device products. They are a government agency and are known as the highest authority on approving whether or not a product is safe for consumer use.
When are these devices unsafe?
- If you have a known medical condition such as TMJ, gum diseases or have loose teeth you may not be able to safely use a device such as these as they may make these illnesses worse.
- The device is no FDA approved.
- You use the device against the instruction manual that comes with it.
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