With the advent rise of mandible adjustment devices in the market, people who snore often resort to them for a solution. What most people forget is that there is another player in that same market- tongue stabilizing devices.
Instead of handling the jaw in a forward position, TSDs holds the tongue in place so it doesn’t fall back.
Like MADs, there are also countless tongue stabilizing devices in the market today. But, the aveoTSD is one that’s making quite a buzz in the snoring solution game.
it’s a non-invasive device with the main purpose to gently suction the tip of your tongue. This is in order for the tongue to remain in place and not fall back on your throat. Similar to MADs, this feature is to prevent your throat from having obstructions. When your tongue falls back on your throat, air tries to squeeze in between the available space and vibrates the soft tissues. When this happens, sound is created thus resulting to snoring.
The aveoTSD is made from 100% latex-free materials that won’t irritate the gums. Customers who wish to purchase the product do not need to customized the fitting of the product nor employ a boil-and-bite method- the product can be used immediately after receiving. They have 3 different sizes namely; small, medium, and large. However, the company claims that the medium size is used predominantly by the consumers, about 95 percent of whom use the said size.
The lifespan of the product can range from 12-24 months depending on how they take care of it. it is also suitable for denture wearers and those with TMJ.
Though it can be used instantly the moment you receive it, the manufacturer does not recommend that the product be used immediately throughout the first night. They suggest that it’s best to get used with the product first by doing certain activities while using it; like cleaning the house, watching the TV, etc.
Before using it, run the aveoTSD under hot water. This will soften up the silicone which will then become available to work with. When you look at the mouthpiece, make sure that the V-notch is facing down, so it can fit around the lingual frenulum, which is the mucous membrane that begins at the floor of the mouth and runs upward along the underside of the tongue. In some cases, the mouthpiece may need to be modified to provide enough room for the frenulum.
To attach the product, push your tongue inside the device and make sure that it reaches both sides of it. Create a pumping action by squeezing the two ends of the bulb. This will draw your tongue inside the device and will secure the fit.
The company that produces the product claims that during the first weeks of using the product, one may experience hyper salivation and soreness of the tongue. If the device constantly falls off when sleeping, they may need to use a clip-on Uni-Spacer to secure it.
The product must be rinsed under hot water daily and cleaned with a prescribed denture solution every week.
Price and Order Information
The product costs between $90 and $140 depending on your geographical location. Those living within the US must have a dentist’s prescription before purchasing it.
Pros and Cons
Like any other MAD, TSDs also have some advantages and disadvantages. The aveoTSD is no exception
- Can be used immediately right after receiving it
- There are three sizes available
- Lifespan with a minimum of 12 months
- Has 6 months replacement on both product and parts
- Can be worn by those with dentures and TMJ
- Non-irritating to the gums
- It requires the user to breathe through the nose
- Takes a while before getting used to using it nightly
- One needs practice to secure a right fit
- May cause soreness and salivation to the tongue
- Uni-spacer is needed if snoring continues
- Not available in most locations and needs prescriptions when ordering in most available areas
Even though the aveoTSD has been around for years, making its mark up against renowned MADs, it still acquires favourable reviews from its patronizing customers. Others however, complained of the inevitable soreness and tedious fitting process.
“I’ve been using this device for about 4 years and now I’m throwing it away. Off and on it has irritated my gums and caused numerous mouth ulcers. Now it has given me a gum infection and I need anti-biotic treatment.” – Mermaid Girl
“Apparently once you get use to sleeping with something in your mouth, it does work. My Father decided to put his money where his mouth was due to his snoring issues (before my mother kicked him out of bed I am sure) and they are both much happier because of it. Sleeping better and getting a better quality of sleep.” – Aveo Keen
“My initial impression is that it is great for snoring. I can make a snoring noise any time I want to and it sometimes comes out when I sniff or laugh. What impresses me with the Aveo is that, try as I might, when it is in I cannot make a snoring noise at all. The only bad part is that it is really hard to swallow without your tongue being able to move. Complicating this is that having something on your tongue encourages salivation. The pamphlet says that this dies down after a while, especially if you follow the gradual conditioning process they outline. I am not sure I will use this for apnea because my oral appliance is working well, but it is a handy backup, especially for travel or my appliance breaks.” –Matt Marcus
If you would like a guarantee that the products you purchase are safe and reliable, which includes the hassle of getting a prescription, then I totally recommend the aveoTSD. Not only does it solves your snoring solution, it also comes jam packed with a comfortable and streamlined fit.
Luckily, we have Dr. Chris Robertson to thank for the wonderful product. Specializing in dental sleep medicines, Dr. Chris devoted years and years of knowledge and dedication to prove the product’s effectiveness against snoring. It is also FDA-cleared so the notion of it having a few minor mishaps with the law should be gone by now.