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Snoring can have a negative impact on your sleep quality and disturb the slumber of your partner. Anti-snoring devices are specially designed to prevent the disruptive noises associated with snoring.
The most popular devices are anti-snoring mouthpieces and mouthguards. However, there are several other options on the market. Mouth tape offers a simple option for encouraging nose breathing to reduce snoring. Pillow inserts can help back sleepers elevate the head and neck and prevent the tongue from blocking the airway.
With so many different styles and models available, it can feel overwhelming to find a solution that works for you. To help you narrow down your options, we’ll highlight our top recommendations for anti-snoring devices, based on extensive product research and testing. We’ll also break down important factors to keep in mind when choosing an anti-snoring device.
We include comprehensive information on our top product recommendations, and you may need to compare and contrast multiple models to find the one that’s right for you. We’ll cover the most important factors to consider when shopping for an anti-snoring device.
There are two main categories of anti-snoring mouthpieces: mandibular advancement devices (MADs) and tongue retaining devices (TRDs). Both help prevent snoring by increasing the space in your airway, but each style uses a different mechanism. MADs function by pushing the lower jaw or mandible forward to help keep the tongue in place and the airway open. In contrast, TRDs directly hold the tongue in place without changing the position of the jaw.
MADs typically have more customization options available because they tend to have more contact points with your upper and lower teeth. TRDs, which rest on the tongue, do not require the same level of customization. However, some TRD models come in multiple size options.
Most anti-snoring mouthguards and mouthpieces are made from BPA-free plastic, medical-grade silicone, or a combination of the two. Customizable boil-and-bite MADs use a special type of heat-sensitive thermoplastic that can be molded to fit the shape of your mouth. Mouth tape, made from a flexible material with an adhesive backing, is typically disposable. Pillows inserts are made with similar materials found in standard pillows.
Comfort can be subjective. Some sleepers may prefer the feel of an MAD that pushes the jaw forward, while others may like a TRD that uses suction to keep the tongue in place. For those who prefer a less invasive solution, mouth tape or an adjustment to their pillow loft may be more suitable.
Consider every type of solution, as well as your own preferences, when shopping for an anti-snoring device. If you’re unsure what would be the right fit, talk to your doctor about the different styles of anti-snoring devices, and consider purchasing a model that comes with a sleep trial policy and easy returns.
In addition to different customization options, some anti-snoring devices are adjustable. For example, certain MADs allow you to adjust how far the device moves your jaw forward. Pillow inserts offer a moderate degree of adjustability for the loft or height of your pillow. In contrast, TRDs and mouth tape are not adjustable.
Ease of Cleaning
It’s crucial that you keep your anti-snoring device clean between uses, especially if you’re using a mouthpiece. When shopping for a device, consider how easy it will be to clean. We recommend following any care instructions provided by the manufacturer. In many cases, you can use hot water to rinse your mouthpiece, and clean it with a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristle toothbrush.
Anti-snoring devices such as mouthpieces and mouthguards are designed to reduce snoring. Roughly half of all adults in the United States snore while they sleep. While light and infrequent snoring isn’t usually a cause for concern, heavy and frequent snoring can lower your quality of sleep, disturb your partner’s ability to sleep, and may be a sign of a more serious condition like obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Snoring is caused by noisy vibrations that occur in the tissues of your airway as you inhale and exhale during sleep. Anti-snoring mouthpieces or mouthguards sit in the front of your mouth as you sleep and help keep your airway open by either pushing the jaw forward or holding the tongue in place.
Anti-snoring mouthguards are generally safe to use, with a few considerations to keep in mind. MADs may cause or exacerbate existing cases of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, as they physically push the jaw forward. Additionally, any type of mouthguard or mouthpiece may irritate the teeth and gums.
To prevent any potential issues, keep your anti-snoring device clean and sterilized between uses and choose a model that provides a custom fit. Speak with your physician before using an anti-snoring device for the first time, especially if you’re predisposed to TMJ or jaw pain.
Generally, the majority of anti-snoring mouthguards do not require a prescription to purchase. However, you may need a prescription for certain MAD and TRD models, as well as more advanced anti-snoring devices. If an anti-snoring mouthpiece has a prescription requirement, it should be included on the product page on the brand’s website. Our product reviews also contain prescription requirement information when relevant.
Look for a “cleared by the FDA” label when shopping for anti-snoring mouthguards. Although most anti-snoring devices don’t require a prescription in the United States, they are still subject to regulations by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA classifies anti-snoring mouthpieces as Class II medical devices. This classification covers any piece of medical equipment that comes into prolonged contact with the body, such as a mouthpiece, surgical glove, or blood pressure cuff. While these types of devices are usually fairly simple by design, the FDA evaluates them to ensure they are safe and effective.
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