Anti Snore

A Guide to the Best Anti-Snoring Devices

Snoring is the nightmare of every light sleeper. It’s a common condition, which makes it pretty natural as long as it’s occasional. However, snoring is often a long-term problem and the causes behind it can be indicators of a more severe affection. Thankfully, there are several anti-snoring devices available at extremely affordable prices who do a great job in preventing snoring. They’ve been tested by people worldwide, are chemical-free and can finally allow your sleeping partner to get some rest.

Causes

Common disbelief is that people who snore intensely should be left alone. The truth of the matter is, snoring is caused by nasal obstruction and it could mean a lot of different things. Sometimes, snoring is caused by a lot of different factors, such as seasonal allergies or sinus infections. People who snore can also have a deviated septum. When your tongue and throat are too relaxed, it could also lead to snoring, as their muscles collapse back into the airway. This muscle relaxation is often the result of heavy alcohol drinking or the consumption of sleeping pills. People who are overweight tend to snore even more, as they have a bulkier throat tissue.

But what we see as normal can be a sign of deeper and more severe health problems and risks. People who snore can suffer from sleep apnea which, in turn, poses a series of risks. First off, there are interruptions in breathing, as the breathing passage is blocked is no air can circulate. It also puts a strain on the heart, as sleep apnea is known to cause a rise in blood pressure which increases the risk of a heart attack. Sleep apnea can also cause people to sleep lightly, which results in waking up frequently during the night and causes a decrease in one’s quality of sleep.

Lifestyle Changes

Aside from finding the best anti-snoring device, there are several lifestyle changes you can undergo to try and prevent this from happening. Since weight is one of the primary causes of snoring, losing weight can also help solve the problem. When you’re overweight, there are chances of you having some extra throat tissue that results in a narrower airway. Alternatively, you can also try sleeping on the side. Truthfully, the best position for people who suffer from sleep apnea is on the stomach, but this poses several other spine-alignment related problems. The point is, you should try to avoid sleeping on the back, as gravity causes your tongue to fall backward and obstructs airflow.

You can also try raising the upper part of your body, either by using a wedge pillow or investing in an adjustable bed that allows head elevation. Even a mere four-inch elevation could do the trick. There are also nasal trips that you can use to prevent snoring. These strips are applied on the nose’s bridge and can enlarge the nasal passage to allow better airflow. Otherwise, you can purchase nasal dilators which are placed on the outside of your nose to enhance air circulation.

If you have allergies, you are more prone to snoring compared to people who don’t. A deviated septum also causes restrictions in air circulation through the nose. When the nose restricts airflow, your body automatically starts breathing through the mouth and this increases the possibility of snoring.

Vices such as alcohol or smoking are frequent causes of snoring. As drastic as it sounds, you can reduce the chances of snoring if you quit smoking. Alcoholic beverages are also a cause for snoring and you should avoid drinking them at least two hours before going to bed. A combination of alcohol and sedatives leads to the depression of your central nervous system. In turn, this over-relaxes the muscles and the tissues in your throat, which can eventually lead to snoring.

How Anti-Snoring Devices Work

There is a series of anti-snoring devices that function in different ways and can help prevent snoring in adults. A lot of people don’t use them because they cause oral discomfort, as one has to adjust with a foreign body inside the mouth. Eventually, these devices can lead to excess saliva or cause the mouth to dry. It is recommended to use an anti-snoring device after a thorough check-up, to see if they are indeed a good fit. If they prove to be efficient, they have numerous benefits, such as their affordable pricing, the efficiency and the simplicity of use.

There are four main types of anti-snoring devices.

Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)

This is just a fancy term for mouthpieces. They are considered to be very efficient because they can shift your mandible forward in order to tighten the airway’s upper tissues. When you breathe, there are natural vibration occurring in these tissues. When the vibrations are too loud, that’s when you start snoring. These mouthpieces also help you breathe better, as your airway tissues are straightened and you can inhale more oxygen. Not only do they help people prevent snoring, but they are also useful for people who tend to grind their teeth at night. However, there are some downsides to MADs, such as mouth soreness (caused by the discomfort of holding a rough object in your oral cavity), dry mouth or excess drooling.

Nasal Strips

A lot of you already know what a nasal strip looks like. They were originally designed to aid people who suffer from allergies and nasal congestions breathe better, but since they open up your nasal passageway, they can also prevent snoring. Their main benefit is that they can be used both in the daytime and while sleeping, but if you generally breathe through your mouth when you sleep, the strips are pretty much rendered useless.

Chin Straps

Originally, chin straps were created for patients who needed to recover after facial surgery. It was later discovered that the chin strap is also effective in keeping the airways open during sleep, and that’s how it became an efficient method to prevent snoring. It’s especially useful for people who breathe through their mouth when sleeping. However, it’s not suitable for people who suffer from sleep apnea. It’s also be known to cause people to grind their teeth because the mouth is held so tightly closed.

Drops/Sprays/Pills

This trio is normally recommended for people who only snore on occasion, because they are experiencing a sinus problem or when they have nasal congestions due to having the flu. Normally, this help decreases the mucus production and they are made from natural ingredients. However, they are just a short-term solution and don’t actually prevent snoring in the long run.

ZQuiet® Anti-Snoring Treatment 

ZQuiet is probably one of the most popular anti-snoring devices currently available on the market. It can help stabilize the jaw by preventing back falling. This opens your airways and allows you to breathe comfortably while you are sleeping. This FDA-regulated mouthpiece was created by a dentist and was designed to be easy to use and comfortable to wear at the same time. The latter feature is really important, as it’s often uncomfortable having to sleep with a foreign body in our mouth.

There are a few tricks that can help you get the best out of your ZQuiet device. When you first use it, don’t push it by adding it to a full eight-hour sleep cycle. Instead, allow yourself some time to get used to the mouthpiece. Try wearing it when you’re awake, in a session of twenty to thirty minutes. Also, try soaking it in a recipient with warm water before applying it. This will help soften the materials and make it feel more comfortable in your mouth. The set contains two mouthpieces that are suitable for both men and women.

Since this is a mouthpiece, cleaning is of the uttermost importance. It’s recommended that you clean it just as you would do with the rest of your mouth: scrub it using toothpaste and a toothbrush. Rinse it with warm water and then use a soft towel to remove any excess water. It’s important to avoid using mouthwash, as the alcohol can damage the mouthpiece. Always use the included case to make sure the product is kept away from germs and bacteria.

Pros:

  • Results are visible from the first night of use.
  • Provides two mouthpieces, labeled Comfort 1 and 2.
  • You get 30 days of free trial.
  • Allows the sleeper to breathe through the mouth.

Cons:

  • It may take a while getting used to.
  • It can sometimes fall out since it allows the jaw to open and close.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: N/A
  • Weight: 2.7 ounces
  • Storage Case Included: Yes

Eliminator Adjustable Mouthpiece

First thing you should know about the Eliminator Adjustable Mouthpiece is that it’s made from two different kinds of plastic: outer hard and inner soft. The inside of the product is made with softer plastic to avoid discomfort as much as possible. In order to customize the piece, you can use the method commonly known as “boil and bite”. Should the mouthpiece be too big, remember that, in time, it can shrink up to 30%.

To customize the mouthpiece, you need to heat a bowl of water inside the microwave until it begins to boil. By using a pair of tongs, submerge the piece in the heated water and then transfer it into a bowl of cold water. This will help prevent any mouth burns. When the device has cooled down, put it in your mouth, making sure that it touches the front of your teeth. Once both the upper and the lower parts are in place, bite down the mouthpiece for about twenty seconds. Press your fingers around the mouth area and use your tongue to suck out the air, creating a vacuum for a tighter mold. When the twenty seconds are up, take the device in your hands and check to see if the teeth marks are visible. If everything is in order, put the device back in the bowl of cold water. Always keep in mind that you can customize your mouthpiece about three times, as the soft plastic loses its shaping properties after that.

Caring for your Eliminator anti-snoring device is not only a step towards ensuring a longer lifespan of the products, but it’s also crucial in maintaining proper oral hygiene. The manufacturer recommends the use of an ultrasonic cleaner, but a simple toothbrush and toothpaste should suffice. Make sure that you clean the device every morning and then place it back into its storage container.

Pros:

  • Can be adjusted via the boil and bite method.
  • Doesn’t contain any BPA.
  • Has a very affordable price tag.
  • Provides 30 days of free trial.

Cons:

  • A bit large for people with small jaws.
  • No info to indicate if the product is FDA approved.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: Front height – 1.09 inches; rear height – 0.8 inches; overall depth – 1.65 inches; widest point – 2.63 inches
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Storage Case Included: Yes

Tranquility Pro 2 Adjustable Bruxism Night Mouthpiece

The Tranquility Pro 2 mouthpiece doesn’t necessarily bring something new to the table, as its construction and benefits are pretty similar to the ones described above. Aside from acting a very good anti-snoring device, it also prevents teeth grinding. The adjustment process is also based on the boil and bite method.

Whenever you start the customization process, make sure that you have all the necessary items at hand, as you’ll have to move quickly. Take two bowls filled with water and a pair of tongs. Boil the water from the first bowl and use the pair of tongs to submerge the device in boiling water. After having done so, move the mouthpiece into the boil of cold water and leave it for three seconds, to make sure it cools off enough as to avoid any mouth burns. Now it’s time to calibrate the mouthpiece to the best fit for you. Place the device in your mouth, making sure it fits snuggly both on the upper side as well as the jaw. Bite and hold the piece in place for about ten minutes and then remove it.  Thanks to the precision lock technology, you can adjust the mouthpiece to the setting that suits you most.

Pros:

  • Acts as a good anti-snoring device.
  • Prevents sleepers from grinding their teeth.
  • Easy to adjust.
  • Comes with a protective case.

Cons:

  • Not recommended before seeing a sleep specialist.
  • It’s a bit uncomfortable.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: N/A
  • Weight: 0.16 ounces
  • Storage Case Included: Yes

ZYPPAH Mouthpiece

As we’ve mentioned in the first part of this article, when your tongue is relaxed and especially when you sleep on your back, your tongue often falls back and ends up restricting airflow. The Zyppah mouthpiece is basically taking a two-way approach towards solving the snoring problem, as it also holds your tongue in place while minimizing the discomfort felt when using the mouthpiece.

The Zyppah mouthpiece, just like the one we’ve reviewed above, can be adjusted using the boil and bite method. Fair warning: there are chances you might experience some gag reflex when first using the mouthpiece, but to be fair, it takes a while to adjust to pretty much every product that falls into this category. But after you’ve been using the Zyppah for a couple of weeks, it starts to feel more natural. We do appreciate how straightforward the manufacturer is about this break-in period.

A downside might be the fact that the Zyppah cannot be adjusted, but as promised, it fits about 90% of mouths. You will hear about some customers complaining about how the bottom piece can’t be adjusted. People who have a small jaw should steer clear of this device, as they will need a mouthpiece that can be adjusted to better suit their needs.

Pros:

  • Product endorsed by a lot of celebrities, including Shaquille O’Neal.
  • Available in six different colors.
  • Helps prevent snoring.
  • Has a 90-day money-back guarantee.
  • Designed to prevent the tongue from slipping backward while sleeping.

Cons:

  • Can take up to two weeks to get used to it.
  • Not suitable for people with small jaws.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: N/A (one-size-fits-all system)
  • Weight: 7.05 ounces (shipping weight)
  • Storage Case Included: Yes

Anti Snoring Mouth Guard

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The Robesty Anti Snoring Mouth Guard mouthpiece isn’t that different compared to the other ones we’ve reviewed so far. It’s a decent solution for people looking to solve snoring-related problems. It’s made from medical silicone and doesn’t contain any BPA, which is really important considering the controversial toxicity of BPA products.

The mouthpiece is adjusted with the same boil and bite method as the other ones, which is one of the safest ways to ensure that the piece is a good fit for your mouth. The mouthpiece is delivered with a protective case, that ensures you can store the product safely, away from germs and bacteria.

Pros:

  • Easy to adjust with the boil and bite method.
  • Made from medical silicone.
  • BPA free.
  • FDA approved.
  • Extremely affordable.

Cons:

  • May cause discomfort in the first nights of use.

Specs:

  • Dimensions: 2.15 inches at the widest point, 0.9 inches in height
  • Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Storage Case Included: Yes

Bottom Line

Finding the best solution for snoring is a process that can take time, especially since there are people who aren’t initially happy with their mouthpiece and decide to return it. The first thing that you have to keep in mind is that even high-quality anti-snoring devices take some time getting used to, and sometimes this can take even weeks. It’s important to choose a mouthpiece that comes with a free trial period because these provide peace of mind knowing you won’t lose any money in case the piece is not a suitable match.

Further read:

A Review of SnoreRx – Does It Really Work?

Good Morning Snore Solution Review – Does it Really Work?

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