Snoring is more than just a loud condition. Chronic snoring can actually have a significant impact on the overall health of the snorer. Clinical studies have found long-term, loud snoring can impact the likelihood of developing Type II diabetes, dementia, obesity, and depression. The probability of severe medical conditions can also increase as a result of habitual snoring. The risk of a stroke increases by 67%, while the risk of a heart attack increases by 34% if you regularly snore. Not only can some of these ailments by fatal, most of the them place a long-term strain on your health.
A combination of factors, in addition to chronic snoring, can affect your risk for medical conditions like this, but it’s important to address those factors you can control with available remedies. Finding the right device to stop snoring can decrease the potential for developing significant health issues while also helping you more easily maintain your long-term well-being.
The MAD mouthpiece – A popular choice
Stop-snoring mouthpieces help quiet snoring by positioning your jaw to keep your airway open while you sleep. The most popular type of mouthpiece is a mandibular advancement device (MAD). These devices slightly shift your lower jaw forward, holding it place while you sleep, to keep your tongue clear of the back of you throat while maintaining a clear airway. A variety of MAD devices are available, each with unique features to help you customize the mouthpiece to find the perfect fit for you. Some are available over-the-counter while others require a prescription from a doctor or dentist. Because you have so many choices, it’s important to understand the features that make each mouthpiece distinct, and how likely those features are to help you find the perfect-fitting, stop-snoring device.
Having the ability to adjust the settings on your stop-snoring mouthpiece can significantly improve the fit of your device and the comfort. Most MADs are adjustable in some way, with many offering 2-3 basic settings to select from which determine how far forward your jaw shifts while the device is in use. Effective adjustable snoring mouthpieces should be easy to set and stay securely in place.
Common sizes for adjustment settings vary, most often between 2mm and 8mm. Most mouthpieces have specific measurement choices to pick from, rather than allowing you to slide between a range of options. Changes to the adjustment setting can be limited if using a boil-and-bite device. Often, these lock your setting into place after completing the boil-and-bite process. If you accidentally complete the process with the wrong adjustment setting on your mouthpiece, or your needs change over time, you may be left with an ill-fitting device you’ll need to repurchase. Redoing the boil-and-bite process may work, but it also weakens the strength of the mouthpiece material.
To combat the risk of setting the wrong adjustment on your mouthpiece, stop-snoring devices like ZQuiet offer an alternative option. Rather than ask you to customize your fit, they provide you with a starter pack, containing two different mouthpieces. You begin with Comfort Level 1 and a slight, 2mm adjustment. If that works, you’re all set. If you still find yourself snoring, try Comfort Level 2, with a higher level of adjustment at 6mm, to silence your snores. By providing two different mouthpieces to try, ZQuiet gives you the flexibility of finding the right fit without having to commit before your first night sleeping with the device.
Easing into the perfect fit
Most medical professionals recommend you go with a ‘less is more’ approach to finding the best adjustment size for your stop-snoring mouthpiece. Start with the smallest adjustment and only increase it if that option doesn’t get you results. Advancing your jaw too far too fast can sometimes cause jaw pain otherwise known as TMJ.
To learn about other features that can improve the fit and comfort of stop-snoring mouthpieces like ZQuiet, check out additional information on the types of available snoring mouthpieces.