Snoring can be a real problem at night, not only for a person’s partner, but for an individual his or herself. If it is bad enough and loud enough, it can awaken a person from sleeping, and leave a person tired in the morning.
Snoring can also be a precursor to sleep apnea, which is a difficult disease with which to deal in that it causes a person to stop breathing many times during the night.
Snoring occurs many times when the fleshy part of the throat falls and makes contact with itself, and the noise is the flesh vibrating as a person breathes, or attempts to breathe.
One remedy is a mouthpiece that gives some relief form the constant snoring and breathing difficulties. The mouthpiece is usually a self-molded mandibular device that repositions the lower jaw as a person sleeps in order to open up the air breathing passageway, to give a quieter sleeping experience.
The device is usually cleared by the FDA and is made of safe and tested materials that are not harmful. There are various settings so that the device can be adjusted and worn in a comfortable way to fit each individual.
The device does have an excellent safety record, but the individual may have to go through a period of discomfort while it first get adjusted to the individual’s mouth. This is a new pattern for the mouth to be in, so it may take a period of time for it to fully be adjusted.
This can be a very effective method for the curtailing of snoring, but care must be taken to get the exact setting when the device is being molded, as once the molding is finished, the setting cannot be changed.
Another type of device is a tongue retaining apparatus, making it more comfortable than jaw retaining devices. Much different than mandibular devices that take up most of the room in the mouth of an individual, this device attaches only to the tip of the tongue, and then pulls it forward gently which clears the blocked air way. This results in a more comfortable and quiet sleep at night.
This device is more comfortable than the mandibular ones, as it does not pull the jaw into new positions. There is a period of adjustment as there will be excess salivation and a tender tongue until the individual gets used to using the device.