Anti-Snoring Devices: Chin Straps VS Mouthpieces

Snoring is more common than anyone thought. In fact, anyone can snore. Drinking alcohol or exhaustion can result to occasional snoring even to those who do not usually experience it. It is, however, prevalent in people who are overweight.

Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft tissues of the mouth and throat while we are breathing during our sleep. The soft tissues in our mouth are relaxed during our sleep that is why they collapse and partially block the air passage.

Several over-the-counter products have been developed to address the issue of air blockage while we are sleeping. We have enumerated them below with their pros and cons to help you decide which one will suit you the best. However, it is important that you consult your doctor before using any device. Talking with your doctor about your snoring issue will help ensure that you do not have any physical condition that could get aggravated by the use of the apparatus.

Chin Straps

Chin Strap
Chin Strap

As the name implies, Chin Straps are used to strap the chin to keep the mouth closed during sleeping. Since the chin strap keeps the mouth shut, it reduces the possibility of your tongue moving back to your throat. The soft tissues are not likely to vibrate when the jaw and neck are held in place.

Advantages

  • You can use this device even if you are wearing dentures and braces.
  • You can use this device even if you have sore gums or temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ).
  • Easy to clean and store. Just pop in the washing machine, dry, and fold.
  • Affordable
  • No set up required. Just wear around your chin and you’re done

Disadvantages

  • It can shift places while you are sleeping.
  • You cannot breathe through your mouth. It is dangerous especially if you are suffering from stuffy nose.
  • Fabric can get loose over time due to normal wear and tear.

Mouthpieces

Mouthpiece
Mouthpiece

This device works by pushing the jaw and tongue forward. This helps prevent your tongue and the soft tissues in your mouth to block your airways while you are sleeping. There are two common types of anti-snoring mouthpieces.

#1 Mandibular advancement devices (MAD)

This device works by keeping your lower jaw in a forward position. This helps to maintain the airways in your mouth open to prevent the soft tissues to move towards the throat.

Advantages

  • Clinically proven to reduce and eliminate snoring.
  • Most devices allow you to adjust their settings.
  • You can choose between a fixed mouthpiece or hinged mouthpiece that can allow your mouth to move with a bit of flexibility.
  • Use of FDA approved materials

Disadvantages

  • Fixed mouthpieces could cause some pain on the jaw and teeth.
  • Some drooling.

#2 Tongue retaining devices (TRD)

This device has a suction mechanism that holds the tongue in place. Keeping the tongue in place prevents it from moving back to the throat that would result to snoring.

Advantages

  • Ease of use. No need to set up.
  • It doesn’t cause any pain to the jaw and teeth.

Disadvantages

  • You cannot breathe through your mouth.
  • It will not be effective if the cause of your snoring comes from the position of your jaw when you sleep.

May this guide help you to find the most suitable anti-snoring device for you. Again, we like to remind that you need to consult with your physician when you are habitually snoring to rule out any related illness.

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