Do I need to see a dentist before trying a snoring mouthpiece?
Almost half of all adults snore at some point in their life. Whether it’s a temporary issue or they’re part of the 25% who habitually snore, it’s disruptive for both you and your sleep partner. Because the lack of sleep, snoring can lead to other issues during the day, most people want to find a stop snoring solution that works fast. There’s a lot out there to try. From sprays to nose strips, mouthpieces to tongue retention devices, it can be overwhelming to pick. The best first step, when considering any device, is to consult a medical professional and confirm that your snoring isn’t part of a more significant problem.
Snoring as a sign of sleep apnea
Because snoring isn’t always simply snoring, it’s important to be aware of additional signs of something more serious, like sleep apnea. There are three types, the most common being obstructive sleep apnea (OSA.) Additional symptoms can include very loud snoring, waking up with a headache, and even gasping for breath throughout the night, among others. Sleep apnea can be a severe condition that requires treatment from a professional. Devices that alleviate sleep apnea can only be prescribed by a doctor or sleep dental professional. While a doctor works with you to diagnose sleep apnea, a sleep dental professional is better qualified to fit you with the right anti-snoring mouthpiece in order to give you back a good night’s sleep.
Confirming your mouth is fit for an oral appliance
Another reason to visit a dentist before selecting an anti-snoring device is to get confirmation that your mouth is in the right condition for an oral appliance. Stop snoring mouthpieces have been proven highly effective in addressing the primary area that impacts snoring — your airway. Because of this, it’s a popular option for snorers. Mandibular adjustment devices (MADs) work by fitting over your top and bottom teeth. Then, with the proper settings, the device shifts your lower jaw slightly forward, allowing your airway to expand and remain clear throughout the night. While many MADs do not require a prescription [link to OTC FAQ page], your dentist can check your mouth to make sure a MAD will work properly. During a visit, your dentist makes sure you have a full set of strong, healthy front teeth. Any missing or loose teeth or gum infections may cause your mouth to not be suitable for an anti-snoring mouthpiece because they can interfere with proper fit and effectiveness.
If you already know which stop snoring mouthpiece you’d like to try, share that information with your dentist as well. Knowing that you’re selected a device, such as ZQuiet, helps your dentist accurately check your mouth to ensure that particular oral appliance will fit correctly.
Scheduling time to talk to your dentist
Making the time to consult with your dentist about snoring and the proper treatment doesn’t require a separate visit. Bring it up during your next regular cleaning if that’s more convenient, but have the conversation. Not only can a dentist help advise you on the best option to stop your snoring, but they may want to monitor your mouth to ensure your stop snoring mouthpiece isn’t changing your bite. They’re also the right person to talk to if you experience any pain or discomfort with the device you’re using. Note: Not all general dentists have been certified to treat sleep apnea and snoring so be sure to check your dentist’s credentials. It may be a good idea to find a sleep dental specialist in your area.
Maintaining your oral health by regular dental visits helps ensure your teeth stay in the right condition for an anti-snoring mouthpiece to work best. It’s definitely a best practice to keep them in the loop with your stop snoring mouthpiece treatment plan.
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.