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Anti-Snoring Mouthpieces

Snoring can have several negative effects, including tiredness and irritability. In addition, it can make sleep difficult for the snorer's sleep partner. Luckily, there are several non-surgical methods to alleviate snoring, including the use of anti-snoring mouth guards. It is important that snorers choose the type of snoring aid designed for their type of snoring for it to be an effective snoring solution.

Types of Snoring

Mouth snorers tend to snore with their mouths open and most often when they are sleeping on their backs. Tongue snoring occurs when the muscles of the tongue relax so much that the tongue ends up farther back in the snorer's throat than normal. This is a common type of snoring that alcohol, sleep aids and antihistamines can worsen. Nasal snoring occurs when there is nasal congestion due to a cold or an allergy. Nasal strips can help alleviate this temporary type of snoring. Lastly, snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnoea, a sleeping disorder that results in long pauses between breaths during sleep.

Choosing the Correct Treatment for Snoring

To treat snoring, one must first know the cause and type of snoring. Sometimes, as in the case of obesity being the cause, lifestyle changes are the best solution. Moreover, mouthpieces may not solve the problem for those who snore only when their mouths are open. In such a case, anti-snoring devices like sleeping aid chin straps may be the better solution. Mouthpieces are good choices for controlling the position of the tongue during sleep and are therefore effective if this is the cause of snoring.

Types of Anti-Snoring Mouthpieces

When sleep occurs, all the muscles in the body relax, including those in the mouth. As the tongue and jaw relax, the tongue can move farther back into the throat, obstructing the flow of air, thereby causing snoring. Sleeping aid mouthpieces work by controlling the position of the tongue during sleep. The two main types of mouthpieces are mandibular advancement devices (MAD) and tongue retaining devices (TRD). MAD mouthpieces work by moving the sleeper's jaw to a fixed position. Some types are hinged to allow natural jaw movement. TRD mouthpieces work by holding the sleeper's tongue in place. MAD mouthpieces tend to be more comfortable to use. Both types are effective in creating more space in the mouth and throat, thereby reducing, or sometimes eliminating, snoring.

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