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Types of Stop Snoring Mouthpieces

Types of Stop Snoring Mouthpieces

DifferenceThere are two common types of mouthpieces, explained below, which are both clinically proven to reduce or even prevent snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). There is also a third clinically proven type of mouthpiece available which is a combination of the other two devices.

1. The Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD): Could also be referred to as the Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS). It is designed to work by pulling the lower jaw (mandible) forward, thereby opening the airway and reducing the amount of obstruction in the breathing passage. This pulling forward action tightens the soft tissue and muscles in the upper airway which then prevents more obstruction during sleep; this also prevents the tissues of the upper airway from vibrating. Some MAD devices have to be fitted by a specialist to fit your specific mouth, while others can be boiled and then be fitted yourself; the devices are therefore person specific. Most devices/mouthpieces on the market today are a MAD type mouthpiece.

2. The Tongue Stabilizing Device (TSD): It is designed to work by pulling the tongue, usually by suction, in a forward position and keeping it in that position, thereby opening the airway and reducing the amount of obstruction in the breathing passage. This prevents the tongue from falling back into the throat and reduces turbulence and vibration of the soft tissue. There is also less discomfort on the jaw, as might be the case with a MAD device, because of less friction on the jaw, as these devices controls the tongue and not the jaw. The device does not have to be fitted per person, as one size usually fits all. The extension of one’s tongue is important with this type of device.

3. The hybrid device: This design uses a combination of techniques from both jaw advancement and tongue stabilizing devices, in those situations where people have a problem using either one of them.

positive negativeEach type work differently and works well in their own way, and has been proven to help with snoring and OSA. Each type of device also has their advantages and disadvantages, and some devices are more suited for some people than others. Make sure you select the most appropriate mouthpiece type for your specific situation and health needs, and do not forget the importance of speaking to your health professional. Of course each manufacturer will tell you their mouthpiece is the best. 🙂

I hope you found the information herein helpful. Are you using a anti snoring mouthpiece? Which type do you find the best for you?


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