Navigating what snoring aid to purchase can be extremely overwhelming. There are many different types of aids and what seems like infinite products for each of those types. I have been using anti-snoring devices for years and tested
Snoring is a serious medical condition. At first, probably like many of you, I only thought it was something that effected the other person in the bed. My wife was having difficulty sleeping because of the noise, so I began to consider what I could do to stop snoring at night. I was astounded by what I read online. Snoring causes a myriad of health problems, from mild to severe. Less serious health problems such as less energy, a poor night of sleep, and obesity were only the beginning. As I researched more I realized that snoring deprives the body of oxygen while sleeping and that in turn can lead to heart disease, stroke, heart arrhythmias, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) which can lead to cancer and even mental health issues.
Probably the most popular type of snoring aid on the market and what most people imagine a typical snoring aid will look like. They look like a mouth guard someone would wear while playing sports or while they are sleeping to prevent grinding. They are more comfortable than what I wore while wearing sports, and some do not feel bulky at all while sleeping. I sleep extremely well using a MAD mouth piece and with my favorite products I have no issues with them feeling bulky or invasive. Some require some setting up before using (the boil and bite method), and others can be used straight out of the box.
These work a little differently than the others described below. They hold the jaw in a forward position throughout the night which prevents the tongue from slipping to the back of the throat and creating vibrations which cause snoring. There are also MAD devices that are hybrids which not only hold the jaw forward but also hold the tongue as well. Other, more precise MAD devices allow the user to make precision adjustments by turning screws built into the device. My overall preference is in fact these types of mouth pieces. They give me the ability to customize the mouth piece as much as I want and are the most comfortable.
This might be an anti-snoring remedy that not too many readers might have heard of. It looks more like a pacifier instead of something used to prevent snoring. They are also very comfortable as well, even though it might not look that way. There is less of the product inside the mouth, so it feels non-invasive and non-intrusive. One of my favorite products is in fact a TRD device that I use regularly with my MAD and other aids.
TRD’s do not adjust the jaw, but rather hold onto the tongue itself. They suction onto the tip of the tongue and hold it in place during the night so it does not slip into the back of the throat. It rests halfway inside your mouth, and halfway outside the mouth almost exactly like a pacifier. TRD’s do not have the same level of customization that MAD devices have; however, I was extremely satisfied with using a TRD.
Another anti-snoring solution that many readers might not have seen before either. This is an older type of solution, but still popular today. A chin strap that I use is a nice break for when I do not want anything inside my mouth for the night. They are surprisingly effective and despite how they look can be used immediately and require no preparation.
How does a chin strap work?
A chin strap wraps around the head and holds the jaw shut throughout the night. By keeping the jaw held shut this is another way to prevent snoring as the tongue cannot slip back and you are forced to breathe through the nose the entire night. The material is easily washable and does not need any special treatment. Depending on what material is chosen would decide if it is comfortable or not. An irritating material will not be comfortable to sleep with throughout the night. If it is firmly fixed around the head, the chances of it slipping off are small.
Nasal devices are a common product for snoring; however, not as effective as the other devices mentioned above. You may have seen nasal strips in the store that you can use nightly. It can be difficult to find a good nasal device, and if you are not a certain type of snorer then these will not work for you. Over 80% of snorers snore due to the tongue slipping to the back of the throat, and nasal devices are solutions for those who snore because of nasal obstruction.
How do nasal devices work?
Nasal devices simply attach on the nose and ‘open’ the nostrils to allow more air to pass through. Some lift the nostrils, and others cover the nostrils yet still allow the necessary oxygen to pass through while you sleep. There is little to no issues with comfort as this is another product that does not go inside the mouth or irritate the skin.
Pillows have been around for quite some time, but I have not had any success with them. The theory is that by positioning the body in a certain way, the airway will remain open and snoring will not occur. However, all the snoring pillows I have tried were not affective. Even though my body was positioned correctly when going to sleep, when waking up I was almost always in a different position. If you are someone who tosses and turns during the night, this is not a viable solution.
How do anti-snoring pillows work?
Ant-snoring pillows position the head upright and thereby prevent snoring by not allowing the tongue to reach the back of the throat. Keeping the head in this position throughout the entire night allows for maximum air flow and oxygen to reach the airway. The material of a pillow varies and is normally comfortable. The effectiveness of a pillow however, is another concern.
CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
This is the first snoring device I ever researched, as I initially thought this is how they all looked. The typical face mask with an oxygen tube I always assumed was the best and only way to stop snoring. Thank goodness I was wrong. There are many other and more comfortable solutions available than this one. This was originally created to treat sleep apnea, and you must be examined by a medical professional to see if you suffer from this. I visited many physicians about my snoring condition and have tried a CPAP, and other products are without a doubt more comfortable and work as well.
How do CPAP machines work?
CPAPs attach to the face and have a tube that forcefully pushes oxygen into your nose and mouth while you sleep. This opens the airway by force and in turn gives the body the oxygen it needs during the night as you sleep. Some sufferers from sleep apnea will not have an option and must use a CPAP machine; however, for many of us I believe this is overkill.
Pills and Sprays
There are some medicinal options for snorers available for purchase, but they are at the bottom of my list. I have also tested these, and sadly they are not effective. They do not physically do anything to the throat or tongue (as you would imagine). Rather, they are more homeopathic and have not been studied or tested with any clinical study on their effectiveness. They are normally in the spray type or pill type and are used more to reduce inflammation in the nose or throat or reduce mucus.
How do pills and sprays work?
Pills are obviously ingested and sprays are inserted into the nostril and then sprayed. I suffer from allergies and the occasional sinus congestion and use a nasal spray to clear my nasal airway. They work in this regard, but in no way, are they effective for snoring. There are many over the counter options available to purchase, but to be honest I would pass on this as an anti-snoring solution.
Surgery should be your last option for snoring. While I have not actually had surgery myself, I have read many times about inventors of anti-snoring devices having had surgery, the surgery not working, and then they ended up creating an anti-snoring product! Surgery can be an intrusive operation and as you can see might not even work.
How does surgery work?
There are a few different procedures available which you can do to alleviate your snoring. Normally, the surgeries are done to reduce any blockage in the airway. For example, my throat has a lot of fatty tissue; if I was to perform the surgery, doctors would go in and eliminate any excess fatty tissue. Thereby, clearing the airway to allow more air to pass through it.
There are however risks, as with any surgery, so using one of the above solutions would be far more practical. I am proof that the above solutions do in fact work.
The above are the most well-known solutions, and some lesser known ones as well. There are some solutions that are available that exist to flat out trick the consumer into buying them to alleviate any snoring problems. Uninformed consumers need to be cautious at what they find on the market. You can trust the reviews I have done here are factual, but be warned of something you have not read about on my website.
Believe it or not there is anti-snoring jewelry that is available to purchase. You can buy anti-snoring rings, watches, and necklaces. Obviously, an anti-snoring necklace is not going to work, but some people might be fooled into purchasing one.
I would strongly advise, do not try it! Anything that sounds as if it is too good to be true, it normally is. These scammers are just looking to make a quick buck off the many people who suffer from snoring. Any device that falls into this to-good-to-be-true category should not be bought and will be useless. Stick to any of the other types of snoring aids in the guide.
You might have many questions about the different types of devices there are, snoring in general, or maybe you do not even know if you suffer from snoring. Whether you are beginning to use a remedy or more advanced, I try to answer the most common questions below.
Snoring can be caused by many different things, any one of them being obesity, alcohol, genetics, medication and more. Simply losing weight might not be enough as it can be heredity. Maybe you do not even know you snore. I was lucky enough to have my wife tell me the extent of my snoring which caused me to do some independent research. If you wake up exhausted with no energy, get tired easily, have trouble thinking clearly, or have a low libido you could very well suffer from not sleeping well at night caused by snoring. Snoring is a real problem and a diagnosed medical condition that deeply effects your quality of life. After choosing the appropriate device, my life did a complete 360 degrees for the better.
Personally, I prefer and use my MAD mouthpiece the most. TRD is also an excellent option that I use in my rotation often. After using trial and error between the two you will find one that you prefer over the other. Both are comfortable and effective solutions. They both use different strategies to prevent you from snoring, and many times you will switch between the two. I grow tired of continuously using one device or another and have three in my rotation – the MAD, TRD, and a chinstrap. The nasal strips can be an effective, but very expensive solution. You have to keep buying them continuously as they are disposable and you need to wear new ones every night. I would not even consider the pills or pillow as an effective option. The CPAP machine should only be considered if you suffer from sleep apnea, and surgery must be carefully considered as it is a serious operation.
This depends on your jaw, and what you choose to use. There can be some initial soreness when using a MAD device, but this usually dissipates after a few days of use. I have had on occasion used devices where the pain does not go away, even after a few days. Those products I stop using and never go back to again. No product should cause continuous pain. The MAD devices that can be adjusted I can easily reduce the extension of the jaw and thereby reduce any pain that I experience. TRD devices can cause soreness in the tongue, but this also goes away after a while. When using pills, and sprays you might experience some side effects when using them. The other products such as nasal sprays and chin straps I have never experienced any pain when using.
Very safe. If you are not experiencing any pain, there are no reasons to stop using a device because you are questioning the safety. Some of the plastic materials are free from BPA (Bisephonal A) and latex free. These are harmful chemicals used to make plastic and can cause some issues if in contact with them for an entire night over and over. You can also check for any safety regulations with the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). Many of the products have passed strict safety standards and are cleared as safe to use. Now, that’s not to say that those that are not FDA cleared are not safe, it is just merely one governmental body. I will say that if you have had any type of dental work, some MAD devices will not be possible to use. They grip the teeth in a way that can cause issues. And of course, anyone with pre-existing medical conditions should check with a doctor before buying an appliance. The chin strap and nasal strips are very safe to use as well.
Denture wearers have many options. Some MAD devices are available to those who wear dentures and others not. You must check which one are approved for use with dentures. TRD devices are a suitable option since they attach to the tongue, there is no need to grip the teeth. Chin straps are another viable solution for denture wearers. It wraps around the head and holds the mouth shut, so there is no issue if you do not have your dentures in your mouth while you sleep. Other solutions are also viable for denture wearers, such as nasal devices and the CPAP machine. Pillows, pills and sprays, while I do not recommend, can be used by those who have dentures.
Dental work is fine depending on which snoring aid you choose to go with. Most, but not all, MAD devices are not appropriate to use with certain types of dental work. Again, the device specifics must be checked. Most snorers with dental work I have encountered prefer to use a TRD or a chin strap as those do not interfere with any teeth. There is also the minority who sometimes chooses to go with some nasal devices.
Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition. Most snorers do not suffer from sleep apnea, but almost all sufferers of sleep apnea snore. If you believe you have sleep apnea, you should consult a medical professional who will have you go through some rigorous testing to determine the severity of your condition. If, after all the proper testing, you are diagnosed with sleep apnea you should then consult a medical professional before purchasing an anti-snoring aid. Some are not suitable for those with sleep apnea, and only a medical professional will be able to determine this.
OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) is the most common type of apnea and happens when the muscles in the throat relax and block the airway. This is serious enough that it can cause sudden death or stroke. CSA (Central Sleep Apnea) is the second type, and less common, and occurs when the brain does not send the necessary signals to the muscles in the throat which control breathing at night.
I have personally been tested for sleep apnea, and although it is a long procedure, it is nothing to be scared about. I recommend anyone to talk to a qualified physician to determine if you have this condition.
The main method of treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. By forcing air into the mouth at night, the body does not have the opportunity to block the airway. Thus, the body is always receiving the required oxygen while sleeping.
The CPAP is a larger investment and can take months until a doctor approves one for use.
Teeth grinders (also known as bruxism) is when you grind your teeth at night and is a very common issue among snorers. I in fact grind my teeth occasionally at night. MAD devices are excellent choices for those who suffer from bruxism, although the life span of the device will be less for those who grind. The TRD, nasal strips, or chin strap will not, however, prevent any type of teeth grinding as none of these fit onto the teeth in any way.
Manufacturers of MAD mouthpieces do recommend not wearing one if you suffer from TMJ. When you extend the jaw forward using a MAD device, this could cause harm to TMJ sufferers or they will not be able to extend the jaw at all. Before using one you should definitely speak with a qualified medical professional.
Depending on the device they can last a considerable amount of time. MAD devices for example normally have a life span of 6 to 18 months. If you must continually boil the device, the lifespan will be less. And, as stated above if you are a grinder it will last less time as well. TRDs are plastic and have a life span like MAD devices, normally ranging from 6 months or more. The chin strap is an excellent long lasting product depending on the material the one you purchase is made of. Nasal devices are normally useful for only one night of sleep. However, the packages come with 30 or more at a time. You simply use one for the night, then dispose of it, and use a new one for the following night.
You are not alone! I in fact enjoy breathing through my mouth when I sleep. Many MAD mouthpieces have airholes built into the product so you can suck air through the hole while you are sleeping. Nasal strips or covers will allow you to breathe normally through the mouth the entire night as well. If you prefer to always breathe through your mouth, TRDs and chin straps will not be an option as these are not designed to allow the user to breathe through their mouth. Even though I enjoy breathing through my mouth, I do have a TRD and a chin strap in my regular rotation of anti-snoring solutions.
FDA cleared products have rules on choking. The products that are FDA cleared have an almost 0% chance of choking on during sleep. The FDA specifically uses tests on anti-snoring devices for snoring, therefore choosing one that has been cleared by the FDA will give you reassurance that you have an almost impossible chance to choke. Obviously for the chinstrap and nasal options, there is literally a 0% chance as neither of these are inserted into your mouth.
Unfortunately, children or teenagers are not recommended by physicians to use anti-snoring devices. This is because their mouths and bones are still growing and using something such as a chin strap could impede growth. Mouthpieces as well could stunt proper growth and wearing something every night could be harmful. If you think there might be a more serious underlying cause, then you should consult a medical professional.
Each device is different. Some are available to use immediately out of the box, and others you must prepare using different methods, the most popular being the boil and bite method. Chin straps and nasal devices are the easiest to use. Open the box and they are ready immediately. MAD devices, depending on the product, require a much more intricate setup. TRD devices are mostly ready to use as soon as you receive it and only need to be cleaned.
Cleaning again depends on the product. MAD devices will be harder to clean than others, simply because they have more crevices and are larger. TRDs are smaller and quicker to clean; nasal strips or patches are throwaway which makes cleaning a non-factor. Chin straps can easily be washed to clean off any dirt. The mouth is a part of the body that has the most bacteria, which means cleaning the ones inserted into your mouth is a necessity. I normally clean my devices with a toothbrush and toothpaste, or if I am in a hurry with some dental solution.
Also, something that varies widely from device to device. I have purchased ones for as little as $30 and others for as much as $200! You, as I did, might think this price is exuberant, but buying something through a dentist can cost thousands of dollars. Price should not be a big factor when you will improve your life as much as these have improved mine.
Don’t worry, I have been there too. The first time receiving one and thinking about needing to wear it I was not sure how I would be able to sleep the entire night. Luckily, the first one I bought was not uncomfortable and I slept well. Remember, you are doing this to improve your sleep and quality of life. There is nothing to be overly nervous about as all these products are designed to help you.
There are indeed some risks associated with these, especially MAD mouthpieces. Normally, when using a MAD for the first time I experience some soreness in the jaw. This is because it grips to the teeth in such a way that it causes pain. Normally, this goes away with time and is a non-issue, but I have had to stop using some mouthpieces because the pain has not gone away. TRDs on the other hand, I experienced a different type of pain, tongue pain. This is due to the way it holds onto the tongue the entire night, and obviously, our mouths are not used to this. Normally, with TRDs the tongue pain goes away after a certain amount of time as well. Pertaining to nasal devices or chin straps, I have never experienced any type of side effect from either of these. There is no jaw pain or nasal pain when using these other types of snoring aids.
I still encourage you to try a mouthpiece. Although some MAD devices grip your teeth as far back as your rear molars, and this could trigger your gag reflex. Since they do go back that far, it could not be comfortable and cause problems. I would recommend trying a TRD, a chin strap, or the nasal strips. None of these will have any effect on your gag reflex obviously.
I also have allergies and sinus issues from time to time. Luckily, not every single night. If you have consistent nasal blockage you should purchase a mouthpiece that allows mouth breathing. Anything else and you risk sleeping during the night without being able to breathe. I have done this to myself and after waking up a few times from near suffocating I had to sleep the rest of the night without any device. I do not recommend using something that blocks the mouth when you are having nasal issues as well. Wait until you recover, or see a physician to help you with your sinuses or allergies.
I do not like how these look, are there any other options?
Unfortunately, the design of these is not for aesthetics. We are using them to fix a medical condition. They are not glamorous, however there are newer designs of MADs that are not as bulky and sleeker to choose from. This should not be a large concern when purchasing a mouthpiece.
Should I see a dentist first?
You can see a dentist and ask him about snoring solutions. Be aware that the custom fit solutions that dentists sell are thousands of dollars, and can be less effective than the solutions I review here. I have spoken to many people who have purchased an expensive anti-snoring mouthpiece from a dentist, only to have it not work. Then they purchase something for 1/10th of the price and see results. Try testing out the many devices available for a much lower cost and I am confident you will find something that works for you. Modern mouthpieces are easily available, work better, and you can even custom fit them in the comfort of your own home.
Do I need a prescription if I don’t need to see a dentist?
The FDA has stated that if a mouthpiece has sufficient instructions, a prescription is not needed. Anti-snoring mouthpieces are classified as Class II Medical Devices, and this classification does in fact require a prescription. However, since they include the necessary instructions a prescription is not needed. All the products I have reviewed that can be purchased inside the United States do not require a prescription.
Where can I buy these?
I do not recommend buying these on large ecommerce sites such as eBay or Craigslist. There can be too many fakes or people trying to scam the user. It is easy to copy a device and sell it as a fake, or resell a used one. There are also very very low budget ones on Amazon, eBay and Craigslist. Invest in a good mouthpiece and buy from the manufacturer so you know what you are receiving. If I am going to be wearing something night in and night out, I want to be sure of what I am putting inside my mouth.
Which snoring aid is the best?
They are widely publicized as the most effective snoring aid on the market. I would have to agree. Through all my testing, I use my MAD device the most. If you find a high-quality MAD device that is comfortable I strongly believe it will be your preferred device too. TRDs are technically classified as a mouthpiece, and a TRD is in my regular rotation of devices which I use. One advantage of MADs is the fact that they can help grinders as well while they sleep. TRDs only hold the tongue so this is not possible. Other snoring aids I listed I have used and do keep one more in my rotation and that is the chin strap. I have found this a nice substitution for when I do not want anything inside my mouth at all for the entire night.
More than half of the world’s population has experienced snoring at one time or another during their lives. If I could find a solution, then you can too. Do not fight this losing battle alone.
We live in a time where all the options of mouthpieces make it very easy for us to test and find a good solution. People using mouthpieces normally see a greater improvement than those who use the other devices. I have in fact seen a tremendous improvement in the quality of my sleep and energy the following day. If I can free myself from the nightmare of low quality sleep and low quality of life by fixing something that is 100% manageable, you can as well.