Adjustable Anti-Snoring Mouthpieces - What You Need to Know
Traditional remedies such as sleep sprays and chin straps have been proven to be ineffective for most people. Fortunately, anti-snoring mouthpieces are a simple, effective, and noninvasive solution to stop snoring and are specifically designed to open the airway by moving the jaw or tongue forward.
Types of Snoring Mouthpieces
There are two types of mouthpieces that open the airway and stop and reduce snoring:
Image of the right side of a SnoreRx snoring mouthpiece that displays a black incremental adjustment feature
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD)
A jaw advancement device, medically referred to as mandibular advancement device (MAD), treats snoring by holding the lower jaw slightly forward to maintain an open airway during sleep. When the jaw moves in a forward position, the tissues in the back of the throat are held open by the forward movement of the tongue and jaw and prevents blockage of the airway.
In most cases, mandibular advancement devices use the ‘Boil and Bite’ process to create a custom impression of the teeth. These types of mouthpieces are generally considered an affordable alternative to a dental lab fabricated oral appliances, which usually cost several thousand dollars. Some, but not all MADs are adjustable. Image of a tongue stabilizing device from the SnoreRx website
Tongue Retaining Devices (TSD)
Tongue stabilizing devices (TSD) work by holding the tip of the tongue forward and often resemble a pacifier. By squeezing in the ‘bulb’ of the device, the suction creates a vacuum that holds the tongue safely in place. This prevents the airway from becoming blocked or restricted by the tongue.
Unlike a MAD, tongue stabilizing devices fit between the lips and teeth and do not require a custom impression. Consequently, those with missing teeth or dentures are usually recommended to use a TSD rather than a MAD. However, a TSD cannot be recommended for those who breathe through their mouth or have allergies that may inflame the nose. TSDs are not adjustable.
The Benefits of Adjustable Snoring Mouthpieces
Adjustability matters. This is an important feature as it allows the user to adjust their snoring mouthpiece with even more precision. But not all adjustable anti snoring mouthguards are the same.
Most credible mandibular advancement devices have some form of adjustability. Although a few adjustable anti snore mouthpieces can adjust in one-millimeter increments, others only offer two or three basic setting options.
Many mouthpieces cannot provide further adjustment after the ‘boil and bite’ process. As a result, users must determine the proper adjustment setting before custom fitting the device, or they will be left with a solution that will not help them. Furthermore, some adjustable snoring mouthpieces are designed to be adjustable at any time and can reset to its original setting if a readjustment is needed.
A Comparison of Adjustable And Non Adjustable Snoring Mouthpieces
Adjustable Snoring Mouthpieces
- Allows the user to select a setting that is more effective and comfortable for them.
- Ability to Reset the Adjustment. Can re-adjust at any time.
- Built in calibrator displays setting selected and reference point to indicate adjustment setting.
Non Adjustable Snoring Mouthpieces
- One standard advancement setting may not be optimal for your individual needs.
- May not be as comfortable to wear – adjustment setting may cause jaw pain from overextension
SnoreRx is an Ideal Adjustable Mouthguard for Snoring
Although some anti snoring mouth guards offer some form of adjustability, only SnoreRx offers a fully featured solution to stop snoring with the most precision and comfort. SnoreRx is adjustable in 1-millimeter increments, which allows the user to choose a setting that is best for them.
Some users may be suitable with a lower millimeter setting, while others may require a full extension to stop snoring. Unlocking and resetting the advancement is simple and easy.