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Reviews Of Anti Snoring Mouthpieces And Devices That You Can Use!

The wide variety of mouthpieces currently available on the market is huge; there are almost too many out there to try for yourself! This site, and the comparison chart you see below aims to make your search as simple as possible.

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Comparing TSD Vs. MAD Mouthpieces

Both TSD and MAD mouthpieces are devices that are designed to keep you from snoring at night. These two categories of mouthpiece work in two entirely different ways. This article will discuss how both types of mouthpieces work and the benefits and drawbacks of each. While both types of are functional, and are made to help lessen the impact of your snoring, their design and comfort level means that each type has its enthusiasts.

1. The TSD (Tongue Stabilizing Device) Mouthpiece

TSD anti-snoring mouthpieces are an interesting category. There are very few individual mouthpieces in this category, the key one being the Good Morning Snore Solution and yet it is the most popular category (at least based on feedback to our site). The TSD mouthpiece works by pulling and holding your tongue forward and away from the rear of your throat. The tongue resting towards the back of the throat is a key cause of blockage (as seen in the left panel of the image at right). This blockage is what results in snoring.

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With a TSD device, your tongue is inserted into the bulb at the front of the mouthpiece, which will hold your tongue comfortably in place. TSD mouthpieces do not put any pressure on your teeth or jaw while it is in use. As a result of this, many folks find the TSD mouthpieces to be more comfortable than most of the MAD mouthpieces. If you want to purchase a Good Morning Snore Solution, the discount code is here.

You should not use a TSD mouthpiece if you:

  • Have a deviated septum (or if you have a hard time of breathing through your nose when you sleep)

  • Breathe exclusively with your mouth while sleeping

  • Have been diagnosed with severe sleep apnea by a sleep specialist

  • Many people like the TSD style of mouthpiece because it does not apply heavy pressure to teeth, jaws or gums. This point is particularly important for people with sensitive gums, or any kind of jaw alignment or TMJ issue.

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2. MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device) Mouthpiece

The great majority of anti-snoring mouthpieces that are manufactured today are MAD mouthpieces. This is not necessarily because these mouthpieces are the best; in fact, it remains puzzling why there are so few TSD manufacturers, while there are so many MAD designer/manufacturers. Some of the key examples include the ZQuiet, SnoreRX and Sleeptight mouthpiece. This is likely due to patents on the TSD style of mouthpiece, a conversation that is far beyond the scope of this website.

The basic MAD mouthpiece design has been around for well over 30 years. These devices work to stop snoring by holding your lower jaw either in place, or in a forward position, depending on the mouthpiece. The key idea behind this design is that if your lower jaw is not allowed to slide backwards (by far the most common cause of throat blockage), air will flow more freely through your throat and epiglottis when you sleep. Minimizing throat blockage and maximizing air flow is the key to eliminating snoring for most people. The MAD design simply tackles the throat blockage issue from a different angle.

You should not use a MAD mouthpiece if you:

  • Have any type of denture, crown, bridge or loose teeth

  • Have any form of TMJ (these particular devices may worsen any TMJ symptoms)

There is a lot that goes into a snoring mouthpiece. Research, development, construction, manufacturing, and testing are just a few of the processes a mouthpiece goes through before it makes it to market. One opinion says the more it costs to manufacture, the more it will cost the consumer. Another one says cost goes hand in hand with quality. The higher the cost of a mouthpiece, the higher quality of said mouthpiece. Don't be fooled by this. Higher price doesn't always mean higher quality. A high price tag shouldn't be the single deciding factor when choosing a mouthpiece.

One of our favorite, and probably the safest of the MAD mouthpieces, is the ZQuiet. Click to get a ZQuiet discount code.

The Over the Counter Route

Time is a precious commodity. If you have patience, then this route might be best. It takes time to sift through the information on the internet. But that's not all. Once you're satisfied with your research, you're taking the risk that the mouthpiece you buy might not work for you as intended.

If the one you buy solves your problem and you're satisfied with it, then so be it. Chances of that happening on the first try are pretty good, providing you understand the “types” of mouthpieces. Some people end up returning the mouthpiece and buying another, but this fortunately is a pretty inexpensive process because of the fact that most serious mouthpieces do come with a 30 day guarantee. Expect a price tag anywhere from $45 – 200 for each mouthpiece you try. On the bright side, when you do find a mouthpiece that works for you, your experience will be invaluable. You'll know what works for you and what doesn't. Heck, we’d love to hear from you! Leave us a comment, would you?

The Professional Route

I think we can agree; a one-size-fits-all solution is not always the best solution. And yes, custom fitted solutions can have a higher success rate than the OTC variety. The professional route, however, is often out of reach for most people because the price tag can sometimes stretch into the thousands. This way requires an initial examination ($300 – 500), the cost of the device ($1200 – 2000), and follow up appointments (typically $100 each). Expect to be returning often until all adjustments are made. Afterwards, you're looking at the ongoing cost of an annual or biannual checkup.

This is not a route that we particularly recommend, by the way.

Professional Criticism

Medical professionals often criticize the OTC mouthpiece industry for several reasons. If I were a medical professional, I wouldn't advocate it either. My reasoning is to be expected; I would lose the business of those who chose the OTC route. Dr. Demko, an expert in sleep apnea, had this to say about over-the-counter devices in May 2012.

'There is a dentist that is watching the patients for side effects. Custom fitted devices fit snugly on the teeth and don't loosen up in the mouth. They don't fall out and end up in the bed two or three times a night. They are easy for the patient to adjust, they are not just one piece. They are comfortable and don't cut into the gums. They don't torque the teeth. They put pressure on all of the teeth instead of just one. And they are not put in the mouth of a patient whose not a good candidate.'

From this excerpt, it’s easy to see two compelling arguments in favor of going the professional route. One, a dentist is watching the patient for side effects. This is a luxury not afforded everyone. Insurance, however, might offset these costs. Two, if you aren't a good candidate for a particular device, your dentist will say so. Is this to say overnight oral devices are harmful? It's unlikely, but according to Dr. Demko, it might be a possibility.

Quality vs. Quantity

While it's not an absolute, the price tag of a mouthpiece can say something of its quality. For example, if it has special features, then I can expect to pay more for those features. Simple, one-piece designs follow the mantra of one-size-fits-all (although for mandibular advancement devices, the “boil and bite” fitting process has been hugely beneficial for many); often these solve the first issue but bring up another one. The ability to make adjustments is another feature seen in the higher priced models. Breathing holes, for example, might help sway your decision. There is a conjuncture in this; you're much more likely to be satisfied when three criteria are met. These are price, value, and finding what works for you.

Construction, Materials and Features

Earlier I said that construction and materials can drive price up. Perceived value can make a price worth it. There are two types of mouthpieces, and as such, each one is made differently.

Type 1: Jaw Retainers

This is the oldest of oral anti-snoring devices. As the title indicates, these devices hold the jaw in a different position to tame the snoring problem. When these were first introduced, they were expensive and gained little popularity. The first ones looked like dental retainers, and each one had to be custom fitted by your dentist. The expenses were out of pocket because insurance didn't cover these (at the time) and often included materials, examination, fittings, plus the hourly labor price that your dentist charged. This next part packed a double whammy. You had to start the whole process over if your device didn't work. People weren't exactly jumping in line to get one of these.

That all has changed, of course. The “boil and bite” fitting process has revolutionized the overall comfort level of this type of mouthpiece, allowing several high quality vendors to rise to the top.

Jaw retainers work if your jaw is involved in the root cause of your snoring. This isn't always the case. Jaw retainers worked well on a small percentage of snorers. For others, a tongue retainer is a better solution.

Type 2: Tongue Retainers

Eventually, medical and dental professionals realized that the jaw wasn't always the primary reason people would snore. Instead, they turned their attention to the largest thing in your mouth: the tongue.

Tongue retainers work differently than jaw retainers, with none of the side effects. Extraordinary results have been reported in favor of tongue retainers (as high as 90% success rate) These work by attaching to the tip of the tongue using natural suction. Your breathing is improved by gently pulling the tongue forward, thus opening up the airways.

These rarely use wires and don't often have breathing holes (because usually the tongue is held forward). One of the worst reported side effects tends to be a small tender spot on the tip of your tongue that usually goes away within a week. The engineering of such designs use very little materials, and thanks to the internet, are often well within people's budget.

When a Decision Has Been Made

Price says a lot about a particular device. When you see more bells and whistles, you can expect to pay more. Construction of the piece can drive manufacturing costs up. These costs, however worthy they may be, are preliminary. The heaviest deciding factor on which mouthpiece you end up with is you.

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