You may be at a point where your snoring has become a major issue for you and your partner and you are considering various stop snoring remedies, treatments, or devices. You may be considering a snore stop mouth piece, but you don't want to spend a lot of money on something that may not work, and you have a lot of questions. Do mouth pieces work? How do they work? How effective are they? Are they uncomfortable to wear? How much do they cost?
Mouth pieces, or mandibular advancement splints, their official name, work by moving the jaw slightly forward so that the airway isn't blocked during sleep. Some devices also hold the tongue forward slightly, since it often slides to the back of the mouth during sleep, obstructing the airway and causing snoring.
A stop snoring mouth piece is effective for controlling snoring - depending on what is causing you to snore. Studies have shown that 85 percent of the users of these devices have reduced the sound of their snoring. Additionally, 76 percent of users reported that they snored fewer nights per week.
In general, mouth pieces aren't uncomfortable to wear. It may take a night or two to adjust to something in your mouth, but the most common side effects are a slightly dry mouth and excessive salivation.
They can be pricey, since most of these devices are only available via prescription through your dentist. Costs, including exams, fittings, and the device itself, can run to several hundred dollars.
Here are a couple of tips to help you determine if a mouth piece is right for you and how to find the right one.
Determine what is causing you to snore
Not all snoring is the same, and it's unlikely you can determine the cause of your snoring since you're asleep! You can go to a sleep center or a medical professional, but this will cost some money. You can ask you partner to help you figure out why you snore, since he or she will probably be awake anyway, because of your snoring. What is your general body position? Is your mouth open? How is your head positioned on your pillow? If you are snoring through your mouth, then you are likely a candidate for a mouth piece.
Try a less expensive alternative to the prescription devices
Even if you believe a stop snoring mouth piece will work for you, hundreds of dollars is quite a commitment. You can get non-prescription "boil and bite" soft plastic devices that you soak in hot water to soften and then bite into to mold to your jaw. Athletic mouthpieces are also inexpensive, but a little more substantial than the soft plastic "boil and bites".
If you are comfortable with one of these solutions and you find that you wake rested - and your partner confirms you are snoring less, then you might consider spending the money and go to a dentist to get a custom fitted snore stop mouth piece.
Autor: Hal Hendricks
Added: July 4, 2010