Mandibular Advancement Devices

Mandibular advancement devices, also known as ‘MADs,’ are a type of anti-snoring mouthpiece that fits into your mouth like a mouth-guard. It must be worn while you are sleeping to benefit your quality of rest, and there are many different types/brands/makes/models available.

How are Mandibular Advancement Devices Meant to Work?

MADs are pretty simple to use. A lot of them are customizable through the use of ‘boil and bite’ technology, which means that they can be boiled and then ‘bit down on’ to form a custom fit right in the comfort of your own home.

The main mechanism that seeks to solve the snoring problem, with such devices, is that they slightly advance the lower jawline while being worn. Some of them are even adjustable, meaning that you can make adjustments to them after fitting them and trying them out for a while.

How Mandibular Advancement Devices work

By holding the lower jaw forward just a little bit, MADs create more room in the upper airway, which helps to keep the soft tissues of the back of the throat from collapsing in on the airway.

The result is a clearer airway with more room for air movement… and a reduced chance of snoring.

Do We Believe That MADs Can Help?

Yes, we do. In fact, MADs are one of the better options available, though they’re not without their own sets of downsides.

What We Like

We like that mandibular advancement devices work directly upon the airway to help prevent snoring, and that they make more room in the back of the throat through an actual mechanical mechanism (lower jaw advancement). We also like that they have a fairly proven track record, that they can be custom-fitted, and that there are so many different models to choose from.

What We Dislike

The main problem that we have with MADs is that they are pretty invasive (at least as far as use-at-home snoring remedies go). They must be kept inside the mouth for the entire night, every night, to be beneficial—and some of them are quite large and bulky.

 

Who Could Benefit From a Product Like This?

The most likely candidates for a product like this would be people who…

  • Suffer from snoring (or even Sleep Apnea, depending on what product is in question)
  • Want a pretty tested and proven remedy
  • Don’t mind keeping a mouth guard in their mouth all night long
  • Don’t mind keeping such a device clean after each use

There are a lot of these types of devices on the market, so it may also be important to do some research before making your purchase, just to make sure that you end up with a product that will actually work for you.

Who Should Avoid Using a Product Like This?

People who do not like the idea of a mouth guard should not use this product. This product is also not an ideal solution for people who wear dentures, or who have problems with their teeth—as the mouthpiece needs the teeth to keep hold of your jaw and advance your lower jaw-line.

MAD opening up an airway for improved breathing to reduce snoring

This type of product is also not recommended for children or teens under the age of 18.

What Do the Consumer Reviews Say?

Consumer reviews for this type of product tend to be mostly positive, when you look at all of the factors. But also, don’t forget that there are many different types and styles of MADs on the market—so the consumer reviews will also vary depending on exactly which device you are looking at.

But really, when you take the entire picture into account, this type of device tends to have a good following online, and really seems to work and earn better reviews more often than a lot of other categories of stop-snoring products.

How Much Should I Spend Buying a Mandibular Advancement Device?

We have seen MADs that you can custom fit right at home range anywhere from $50 to $200, with some being even more expensive than this! With this being said, though, we feel that you start to get into a pretty quality range of products when you are looking at spending at least $80. Around $100 you start to get into some of our favorites, and then the value tends to go up from there.

Trying Mandibular Advancement Device

There are some fine devices for cheaper, but you will run a higher risk of not having ‘as good of an experience’ with products in this category below the $50 mark. And if you spend much more than $150, you may run the risk of wasting money on something that you could get cheaper.

What are the Alternatives?

If you are not interested in a full-fledged mandibular advancement device, then a tongue stabilization device can provide you with very similar benefits without being anywhere near as invasive. Some people also find relief with stop snoring chin-straps instead, as they help to keep the jaw closed and party advanced during sleep as well.

Products like nasal dilators and nasal strips can also help, but these tend to be far less effective for most people than MADs or TSDs.

Really, the biggest struggle for people where MADs are concerned is with how invasive they are. Some people just don’t like the idea of keeping such a large-sized product in their mouth all night long.

Conclusion

MADs are one of the better-rated types of devices out there, despite their downfalls. There is quite a bit of evidence to back them up, a lot of them have been clinically tested, and they are pretty inexpensive in the long run.

Obviously, they will not work for everyone. If you don’t have healthy teeth, there is a good chance that this type of product is not going to work for you. But for the vast majority of people, MADs offer a quality treatment option for snoring that will not break the bank or leave you feeling too uncomfortable during the night.