Should You Consider a Snoring Mouthpiece?
If you snore at night, you may frequently feel tired or irritable during the day. If you have a partner who shares your bed, he or she is likely to feel even worse - and regularly exhausted - from being frequently awakened during the night by snoring sounds.
Snoring is irritating at best and can indicate dangerous health issues at worst. Loud snoring, accompanied by gasping or choking sounds, may suggest sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder, which is characterized by frequent interruptions of breathing during sleep.
Therefore, before trying a snoring mouthpiece – or any other anti-snoring device – be sure to consult with your doctor about your snoring and rule out any serious health issues.
How It Works
Easy-to-use and non-invasive, a snoring guard is a simple device that helps curb snoring for many people. It is usually made from two strips of molded thermoplastic, which are welded together and designed to fit over your upper and lower teeth.
With a little hot water, most anti-snore mouthpieces or guards can be custom fit to make them comfortable to use. They hold your lower jaw forward and prevent your mouth from falling open and the tissue at the back of your throat from collapsing – effectively eliminating the cause of your snoring.
Many people adapt quickly to using the mouthpiece. Some may find it takes a few days to adapt to wearing the snore guard at night. With some experience, users find it a simple, economical way to stop snoring and get a better night's sleep.
Other Anti-Snoring Devices
As an alternative to a mouthpiece, a snoring chinstrap that fits around your head and under your jaw can also help eliminate snoring. It works similar to a mouthpiece by keeping your mouth closed during sleep.
If you have a problem with nasal congestion, either on a regular basis or as the result of a cold or allergies, nasal strips, nasal sprays, and nasal clips may help. All can be effective and which one you use depends on your individual problem and personal choice.