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Are there side effects to using a snoring mouthpiece

Experiencing an adjustment period when using a new product of any kind should be expected. This is especially true for anything you wear for an extended period of time. Stop-snoring mouthpieces, while proven effective to widen your airway and stop snoring, are worn all night long. As a result, there can be some initial side effects as your body adjusts. These mostly minor side effects typically go away after only a few days, leaving you with a comfortable, quiet, and uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Initial adjustment period

Anti-snoring mouthpieces fit into your mouth in such a way to shift your lower jaw slightly forward. This altered position prevents obstructions in your airway and widens it, allowing you to breathe freely all night long. To fit this device correctly to your mouth, you may either have to complete the boil and bite process or set the right adjustment level on it. Afterward, you may experience some initial discomfort before getting used to the device, but jaw soreness typically goes away in just a few days.

Potential side effects

Beyond the initial discomfort you may experience as you adjust to using a stop snoring mouthpiece, other minor side effects may occur, including:

  • Excessive salivation
  • Dry mouth
  • Temporary changes to your bite

Complications beyond these minor, temporary side effects are infrequent, but can include:

  • Long-term jaw pain
  • Permanent changes to your bite
  • TMJ symptoms

If jaw or tooth pain is severe or lasts more than a few hours, you should always discontinue use of your device. These more serious side effects may be a result of an underlying jaw or dental issue that surfaces when using an anti-snoring mouthpiece and may require a visit to your dentist for further diagnosis and treatment. All reputable anti-snoring mouthpieces should include a list of conditions on the label to help prevent you from purchasing a device in the first place if it’s not going to be the best option for you.  (Link to “How To Properly Use An Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece/having the right mouth for a mouthpiece).

These complications may also result from an ill-fitting anti-snoring mouthpiece or from simply using the wrong device. If you’ve purchased a mouthpiece that requires you to boil and bite it to customize the fit, there’s a chance the device wasn’t properly formed, which can lead to issues. Devices like ZQuiet don’t require you to boil and bite. Their Comfort System provides you with two different-sized mouthpieces that work right out of the box to ensure comfort in addition to results. There’s also no room for error in customizing the mouthpiece since the device comes set up. All you have to do it wear it to bed.

Side effects of not using a stop snoring mouthpiece

While the possibility for some short-term issues exist when using an anti-snoring mouthpiece, the long-term effects of not using any stop snoring device can be much more severe. Not only can they impact you, but your bed partner can suffer as well as a result of your continued snoring. Spouses wake up to some degree an average of 21 times per hour when sleeping beside someone who snores, according to the Mayo Clinic. Additionally, snorers struggle with getting a good night’s sleep simply from hearing themselves snore. That’s two people potentially suffering from sleep deprivation, which can lead to significant side effects like:

  • Decrease in memory
  • Slower reaction times
  • Difficulty in complex thinking
  • Moodiness

These side effects can then impact job performance, relationships, and even your own safety. Avoid these risks, even if it means experiencing a day or two of discomfort, by considering a stop snoring mouthpiece.

Still have more questions about stop snoring mouthpieces? Our thorough list of Frequently Asked Questions can help you find the information you need to make an informed choice on which stop-snoring mouthpiece is right for you.