Imagine hearing people chatting in the background the entire time you’re trying to sleep. With the average snore coming in just slightly beneath the volume of a casual conversation, having a snoring bed partner is like listening to a conversation take place all night long. Because even the lightest sound can impact the quality of rest you’re getting, it’s important to eliminate distracting noises. Even if you think you’ve had a good night’s sleep, snoring can take its toll on you and your loved ones.We all want a quiet night’s sleep, so if you or your bed partner snores, the first thing you may want to do is find the right device to stop the noise. One of the most effective methods to treat snoring are stop-snoring mouthpieces, but selecting the best snoring mouthpiece to help kick snoring out of bed can be challenging since there are many options out there. Many anti-snoring mouthpieces are confident in their proven ability to open your airway and decrease snoring, making it important to research all the device options on the market to find the one that’s right for you. Understanding how each type of mouthpiece works can help you find the product that best accommodates your needs so you can cut out the unwanted noise in the bedroom.
Mandibular Advancement Device
Named after your mandible, or jawbone, the mandibular advancement device (MAD) is a mouthpiece that moves your lower jaw into a slight forward position as you sleep. Addressing a common cause of snoring, a blocked airway, MADs prevent the tongue or throat tissue from vibrating which creates the loud snoring noise. Setting your lower jaw slightly forward can increase the size of your airway and reduce air resistance, decreasing the likelihood of snoring.Today, the majority of snoring mouthpieces created fit into this category. While they’re a proven option to treat snoring, these devices can also help individuals who grind their teeth in their sleep. Some professionally fitted devices, when used under proper medical oversight, can even be used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).Learn more about how mandibular advancement devices work.
Tongue Retention Device (TRD)
Slightly different in design than most snoring mouthpieces, a tongue retention device (TRD) actually resembles a large pacifier. A small piece of plastic that sits at your lips, this device has a hole where you insert your tongue in order to keep it forward in a comfortable position. Placing your tongue slightly forward helps keep your airway clear. The device creates natural suction to keep your tongue in place while you sleep.With their unique design, TSDs don’t require healthy teeth for the device to function which makes them a popular choice for people who wear dentures, but individuals must be comfortable with sticking their tongue out past their teeth.Check out additional details on tongue retention devices.
Adjustable mouthpieces provide you with the ability to select from a few setting options before committing to a fit. Most MADs offer some form of adjustment, allowing you to pick from a few basic setting options. While the adjustments help you get a more precise fit, you usually have to lock them in before you ‘boil and bite’ your mouthpiece to prepare it for use. Being unable to alter the settings after your initial wear means you can end up with an ill-fitting mouthpiece if anything changes.Learn more about setting options offered by adjustable mouthpieces.
The design of this mouthpiece is essentially the same as a MAD, only a hinged mouthpiece provides more flexibility for the person wearing it. Fixed mouthpieces don’t allow the mouth any natural jaw movement while you sleep, but hinged mouthpieces can help reduce discomfort to the jaw or teeth some people experience when using snoring mouthpieces. The additional pliancy of hinged mouthpieces can be a good option for snorers that naturally breathe through their mouths or have trouble sleeping with their jaw locked into a single, fixed position.Find out more about how hinged mouthpieces work.