How to properly use a snoring mouthpiece
About half of all people snore at some point during their lives. It can even run in families, becoming more common as you enter adulthood. In fact, about 40 percent of adult men and 24 percent of adult women are habitual snorers.
Sometimes, only the individual who snores feels the impact, struggling to get a full night’s rest. More often though, snoring affects both the snorer and their bed partner. This leads to the search for a snoring remedy, and anti-snoring mouthpieces are one of the most popular and effective solutions for a quiet night’s rest. This type of device is worth trying out especially if your snore is more than just a mild disturbance.
Preparing a mouthpiece for use
There are two primary ways a mouthpiece comes to a user. Many mouthpieces require a preliminary step where you customize the device to your mouth. This step is called “boil and bite,” since you have to follow a process of boiling your mouthpiece to soften the material before biting down to form an impression of your teeth. This is not an exact science, and you may have to repeat this process more than once to get the mouthpiece to properly fit. You’ll have a limited number of attempts though before the material gets too weak to continue holding its shape.
You’ll most likely also have to set the adjustment on the mouthpiece as well before you complete this process. The adjustment setting is the amount your jaw shifts forward while wearing the device. It’s best to start with the smallest level of adjustment the device allows.
Other mouthpieces, like ZQuiet, are ready right out of the box. They don’t require any preparation before they’re ready for you to wear. Two adjustment sizes are offered to ensure the perfect fit within a 2-size starter pack. This enables you to move up to the larger amount of advancement without having to boil and bite a second time, weakening the integrity of the device. These mouthpieces are often thinner and more flexible because they don’t have the thick outer shell that a boil-and-bite device does.
Seeing results with a mouthpiece
Often, if the adjustment setting is correct, you’ll start seeing a change in your snoring the very first night you use a stop snoring mouthpiece. If the adjustment setting is too low, and you continue to snore, increase the setting to the next level of advancement if your mouthpiece has multiple settings, or, if using a device like ZQuiet, simply try out the second mouthpiece that comes standard in your starter pack.
Having the right mouth for a mouthpiece
In addition to properly preparing a stop-snoring mouthpiece for use, it’s also important to make sure that your oral health is in good condition and the device fits correctly in your mouth. Certain dental conditions can make it hard for an anti-snoring mouthpiece to stay in place, including:
- Missing teeth
- Sore or irritated gums
- Loose or damaged teeth
- Pre-existing conditions like TMJ
Essentially, you should have your four natural front teeth to experience the best effects with 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.