Snoring is annoying for other people in your household, it makes it difficult for your partner to sleep, and it is embarrassing if you ever need to sleep in public, such as on a plane. There are numerous dental products on the market to help you stop snoring, but some are not medically tested and others are expensive. However, even when you eliminate these, there are several low cost dental products to choose from.
Mandibular Advancement Devices
The most common appliances to prevent snoring, mandibular advancement devices push your lower jaw (mandible) forward. The tongue also moves forward, as it is attached to the mandible. This keeps the collapsible part of your airway open, improving airflow. The device also strengthens your airway by stimulating muscle activity. Only dentists with experience can fit the device, and you will need to return for further checkups to ensure the device continues to fit well.
Tongue Retaining Devices
Tongue retaining devices work much like mandibular advancement devices except they only pull the tongue forward, leaving the lower jaw in place. They have the advantage over mandibular advancement devices of causing fewer therapeutic complications. However, they are often intrusive and it can take weeks or even months before you start feeling comfortable.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Therapy
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy involves a CPAP therapy machine attached to a nose or face mask. CPAP therapy has bad fame for problems like an uncomfortable fit and the high pressure of the air. However, if your dentist creates a custom dental sleep device or oral appliance to be attached to the CPAP machine, you will be more comfortable and you can use the machine at a much lower pressure.