Anti-Snoring Oral Appliances
Snoring is such an issue that you can expect to find a variety of anti-snoring devices and treatments over-the-counter. These devices or appliances are focused on easily reducing or eliminating your snores inexpensively. There are a few types of devices and most of them come in the form of a mouthpiece or mouthguard. They look similar to the devices that athletes use to protect their teeth while performing or playing. Sleep experts recommend these dental or oral appliances if their patient has a mild form of sleep apnea. Specialists also opt to prescribe the devices if their patients cannot tolerate the CPAP masks used to treat moderate to severe forms of sleep apnea. The oral appliances are also recommended if you suffer from snoring without any sleep disorder.
Types of Oral Appliances
There are just a few kinds of oral devices that specialists recognize as options for treating snoring and sleep apnea. These are the mandibular Advancement Splints, Mandibular Advancement Devices, or Mandibular Repositioning Appliance. All three have similar functions but makers of branded products usually put in features that differentiate their device from others.
They all try to reposition your jaw by using their devices to move it slightly forward. The slight movement tightens the jaw and pulls the base of the tongue forward in such a way that your tongue will not block your airway. The elimination of the obstruction (the floppy tongue) results in a reduced or eliminated snoring. The movement also opens up your throat more to allow for a less narrow airway and better passage of air to and from the lungs. There are Mandibular Advancement Devices that also try to restrict the movement of your tongue to discourage it from relaxing and blocking your throat.
Getting Used to The Device
How long does it take to get used to the oraldental appliance? This is a frequently asked question because many of the patients prescribed with a MAD find it cumbersome to have something in their mouth during sleep. This is especially true if you have a small oral cavity or jaw. Some of the mouthpieces work better if you have a larger oral cavity, like most men. Women may find a smaller size works better for them.
The initial discomfort of using such a device for the entire night manifest in the joints of your jaw and maybe your teeth or gums. If you find that your initial fitting does not work for you, most devices can be refitted. Most of the appliances come in a boil and bite form that allows for refitting. Some that do not have this feature, offers a choice of two different sized mouthpieces to choose from.
Once you get the right fit, you will feel less discomfort. It should take just a few days to get used to the anti-snoring dental appliance. The discomfort that you feel in the joint of your jaw usually disappears a few minutes after you remove the device from your mouth. Other users complain of drooling or pooling of saliva while using the device. Once you get used to it, you find that you can actually swallow and move your jaw while in use. Expect some movement of your teeth if you frequently use a MAD. Always have your teeth and total cavity checked if you use a MAD.
Overall, it should take you several days to get the right fit for your mouth as well as get used to sleeping with a mouthpiece. Many users find that this type of anti-snoring treatment is more convenient compared to a CPAP machine that they are willing to get used to it in just a few days.
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