for a snoring remedy? Try a simple, cheap dental device
There is no universal cure for snoring,
which is why our web site lists 100+ snoring remedies. One solution
often rejected by the "socially incorrect" snorer (our term for those
whose snoring problem does not appear to reflect any underlying sleep
disorder) is the wearing of a plastic mouthpiece.
Mouthpieces, often known as mandibular
advancement devices, prevent the soft throat tissues from collapsing and
obstructing the airway. They do this by bringing your lower jaw forward
and by lifting your soft palate. Some devices also stop the tongue
from falling back over your windpipe. That not only helps prevent
snoring but also counteracts mild or moderate sleep apnea.
The typical dental device is made of
soft, light plastic. You will typically heat the mouthpiece in hot
water and then bite down on it while it is still warm, thereby creating a
mold of your jaw. After a few days discomfort, while your mouth
adapts to the device, you should be sleeping better than ever. And
so will your partner.
Mouthpieces may be the right snoring
solution for you if:
- you do not have trouble breathing
through your nose at night
- you have a full set of teeth
- you do not exhibit severe obstructive
Dental devices are often overlooked in
the U.S. because the snoring sufferer perceives them as expensive and hard
to obtain. The FDA requires all such devices to order by
prescription and fitted by your dentist. Given that the average
dentist is not a sleep specialist, the odds are that your family dentist
will be as unfamiliar with the devices on the market as you are. And
even if your dentist is up to speed, involving a professional inevitably
will add hundreds of dollars to the cost of the product.
Admittedly, patients with severe jaw deformities or missing teeth probably
need close supervision by their dentist and will benefit from a
custom-made device. But there are several inexpensive products on
the market that are easily fitted by the users themselves. However, the
manufacturers are not supposed to provide them directly to U.S. consumers.
Fortunately, a selection of dental devices can be ordered from
international suppliers via the Internet. If you live in the U.S. and feel
that a mouthpiece may help, you can reduce the financial risk considerably
by buying and fitting your device without your dentist's help.
Here are four vendors of dental appliances costing $65 or less that
you can fit yourself.
Many more mouthpieces are listed on our
website. Your PutanEndtoSnoring
editor has personally tested Noiselezz and
Somnoguard and can attest that both are easy to fit, effective in
preventing snoring, and relatively comfortable (if I happen to wake up at
night, I will normally feel like removing the device). I showed Noiseless
to my dentist and he saw no reason to object to my using the product.
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advice of your physician.
Take your laser off my throat!
may not work for snoring and apnea. That's the
from a clinic in Israel, which reports on 26 patients with obstructive sleep
apnea who underwent laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty
Although there was
short-term improvement, with 23 or the 26 reporting snoring improvement,
within a couple of years only 17 people still felt their snoring was
better. For three people (12%), the state of snoring worsened. Overall,
only 58% were satisfied.
Why does LAUP sometimes
prove ineffective? The doctors suggest that the laser causes scarring at
the back of the throat that can narrow the airways and make the throat too
rigid. This is somewhat confusing given that some treatments, such
as injection snoreplasty, are in fact
designed to stiffen the throat tissues to reduce the vibration that causes
Bottom line, these
findings reinforce the importance of trying non-invasive snoring remedies
before resorting to surgery.
Send me your experiences with this or other snoring cures and we'll use it in this slot.