Nothing makes you run to the hills faster than a snoring partner bed partner. But before you pack your sleeping bag and head out, keep reading to learn about how you can help silence the snore with these anti-snoring devices we have listed below.
What Causes Snoring?
Snoring is caused my negative pressure and a semi collapse of the pharyngeal airway, and the obstruction of the upper airway. Other causes include a soft or weak palate, an enlarged tongue, a deviated septum, nasal congestion and enlarged tonsils.
The sound created by a disturbance in the uvula is called snoring. It’s especially aggravated in those who have sleep apnea, a condition in which obstructed airways cause individuals to periodically stop breathing in the middle of their sleep.
Here are some anti-snoring devices recommended by sleep dentists:
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD)
This device is light and adjustable, pushing the tongue and lower jaw forward to create space in the pharynx for more airflow.
MADs, are custom made by sleep dentist for each patient, which promises comfortable sleep and less tension in the mouth. It’s has been proven to suppress snoring and lessen chances of sleep apnea occurring in sleep. It helps users get a restful night’s sleep. This helps improve concentration, reasoning and energy levels. Other benefits include lowered chances of heart disease, hypertension and stress.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Device
With a mask connected to a cannula tube pumping air via a motor, this device is one of the most recommended oral appliances for sleep apnea. Not only does it keep air flowing through the nose and mouth, it lessens the chances of snoring.
However, a good number of patients using this device found it uncomfortable and took they it off while sleeping. For non-compliant CPAP patients an oral appliance may be a better alternative.
Chin strips are self adhesive tapes which fasten under the chin to keep the mouth closed. For the light snorer, this is a great solution.
It’s less invasive, affordable, and comfortable to wear to bed. They cause minimal pain and discomfort to the jaw and mouth, and it’s an ideal solution for those who wear dentures or have dental work done (braces, fillings, fixtures).
This device fits into the mouth, forcing the body to breathe from the nose. It prevents the mouth form opening which is one of the causes of snoring.
Mucosal dryness, itchy throat and dry mouth, some of the complaints of those who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea, are minimized.
Tongue Retaining Devices
Sleep dentists recommend this small device for those with obstructive sleep apnea. Shaped like a mouth guard, it has a compartment that keeps the tongue in place with suction to avoid it from falling back into the air passage.
It’s efficient in reducing snoring that is generated by the tongue, and can be custom made. It’s a better option for those who are uncomfortable using the CPAP machine, and has long term usability.
For more options, speak to your sleep dentist/sleep doctor for what’s best for your condition.