Snoring Mouthpiece: Is It Safe/Effective?
March 8, 2012
Snoring is a form of dilemma that can bother those who don’t even experience it. According to the American Academy of Otalaryngology, 25% among 45% of normal adults snore at night. Babies are no excuse, for a great percentage of them also snore. Relaxed muscles in our respiratory tract, namely our mouth, tongue, and throat, are the ones responsible for this involuntary action. Blocked air in our respiratory tract tends to vibrate. These vibrations result in snoring. Louder snoring can be attributed to alcohol, excessive fat, medicinal intakes, etc. Behind the irritating effect of snoring lies a more serious problem on our health—snoring can cause death. This is why numerous ways have been introduced to lessen, or even fully eliminate, snoring.
Before we proceed, I would like to give you a little information about the 4 types of snorers:
- Socially Incorrect: Snorers of this type have no problem at all. The dilemma lies to the distracted people who share the same bed mattress with the snorer.
- Nose it’s a problem: This form of snoring is constituted by one or many nasal problems.
- Snoring out an SOS: Unaware of the possible dangers, the snorer ignores the fact that his snoring might actually affect his health in the long run. If left untreated, he could develop a bad case of sleep apnea.
- Not so silent killer: These are the worst type among snorers. They snore so loud that their own sleeping time is disrupted.
So if you’re a snorer, in what category do you fall under? Don’t worry about the category, because I have good news! Whatever category fit in, there’s still hope to stop this irritating ailment. Have you ever heard about the gift of the snoring mouthpiece?
A snoring mouthpiece is a medical appliance that has been around the market for quite some time now. As a small plastic device worn during night time, it is something that should eventually eliminate one’s snoring. Two types of this anti-snoring product are as follows:
- Jaw Retainers: Also known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD), it works by holding the lower jaw forward and raising our soft palate. This position would clear out our nasal passage, preventing any possible air blockage.
- Tongue-Retaining Device (TRD): Held between our upper and lower teeth, TRD’s pulls and holds our tongue forward in order to avoid snoring.
According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, this oral device is known to be effective. Studies in Switzerland and UK showed successful rates in its attempts to treat this troublesome ailment. Although this posses discomfort to our mouths, it is safe to use.