How Do Snoring Mouthpieces Work?

Do snoring mouthpieces work

Stop snoring mouthpieces, also known as ‘anti-snoring mouth guards,’ are snoring products that help you to ward off snoring.

A lot of people actually end up being slightly confused, however, about how these devices work.

If you live in New Zealand and struggle with snoring, then you may have heard of these types of ‘home remedies,’ as they are actually quite common. In all fairness, they are pretty popular among people who want an effective solution without going to the extremes of getting surgery.

In general, there are two different types of snoring mouthpieces.

There are obviously a lot more different types of snoring devices out there on the market. But none of the others are really including in the ‘snoring mouthpieces’ category.

So in this post, we are going to discuss these types of stop snoring devices, their pros and cons, and the differences between them.

Mandibular Advancement Devices

Mandibular Advancement Devices, also known as ‘MADs,’ are usually the devices that people are referring to when they use the term ‘snoring mouthpiece.’ These types of devices are basically mouth guards, though they are not the ‘athletic’ kind of mouth guard that you might expect.

AirSnore mouthpiece box

Instead, they are intended to be used while sleeping to slightly advance the lower jawline. Nowadays, a lot of MADs use boil and bite technology to achieve a custom fit, which involves boiling the product and then ‘biting down on it’ to make it fit right.

So the first order of business when using them is to fit them so that they fit both comfortably and effectively.

Once they have been molded to fit your teeth, you would wear them while you sleep. Using their custom-grip on your teeth as leverage, these mouthpieces advance the lower jawline to create more room in the back of the airway, which has been proven in many studies to help decrease or eliminate snoring.

Some MADs are adjustable, while others are not. Some are also cleared for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea, though most are simply intended to help treat snoring.

There are obviously some pros and cons to every stop snoring remedy, and the MAD is not excluded from this. Here are some of the upsides and downsides to using this type of product.

Cons

  • They can be a bit on the invasive side, more so even than TSDs, because they require you to keep the entire mouthpiece inside your mouth all night in order for the device to work
  • They can take some time to get used to
  • Not everyone wants to use this type of device because of how invasive they can be
  • MADs tend to have a few more side effects than TSDs 

Tongue Stabilization Devices

Tongue Stabilization Devices, also known as TSDs, are the ‘other’ type of stop snoring mouthpiece… though they have become increasingly more popular in recent years due to increases in technology and better designs.

Good Morning Snore Solution mouthpiece

These types of devices are not as large or as bulky as MADs, which works to make people a bit less apprehensive about wearing them… though they do help to accomplish a similar effect in the upper airway as MADs, albeit through a different mechanism.

Instead of advancing the lower jawline to create more room in the upper airway, TSDs seek to do this by keeping the tongue pulled forward while sleeping… usually through suction technology that keeps the tongue held in place without the wearer being required to extend any effort.

This not only helps to prevent blockage in the upper airway, but also helps to keep the tongue from falling backwards during sleep.

TSDs have proven to be a pretty well-rounded type of stop snoring device that is basically comparable to the MAD, except that there are situations where TSDs don’t quite produce ‘as much’ of an effect on the upper airway as their bulkier counterparts.

But they also have a few advantages. For one, they do not require any special fitting. Two, they are smaller and less bulky. And three, they generally take less ‘getting used to’ than traditional MADs.

Pros

  • They are relatively inexpensive
  • They tend to work quite well in most cases
  • They create very few negative side effects (fewer than MADS)
  • They are much less invasive than MADs and arguably easier to use
  • Some of them are FDA approved to treat snoring 

Conclusion

Choosing the right anti-snoring device for you isn’t always easy, especially if you have never used any of them before. But the great thing about both MADs and TSDs is that many of them come with a money back guarantee that can help you to try them out at what is essentially ‘zero risk’ to your own budget… and that is awesome.

So if you end up deciding to try one (or even both) of these types of devices, you should definitely try to buy one that comes with a quality money back guarantee so that you will be covered if it just doesn’t end up working out for you.

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