What Are Snoring Appliances? How Do Snoring Appliances Work?
Snoring appliances are devices that help reduce or eliminate snoring while you sleep. These appliances work by keeping your airway open, allowing air to flow freely and reducing the vibrations that cause snoring.
There are various types of snoring appliances available on the market today. These include mandibular advancement devices (MADs), tongue retaining devices (TRDs), nasal dilators, and positional therapy devices.
MADs are perhaps the most common type of snoring appliance. They resemble a mouthguard and work by holding your jaw in a forward position to keep your airway open. TRDs also target the jaw but use suction to hold your tongue forward instead.
Nasal dilators come in various shapes and sizes, and they work by opening your nostrils to improve airflow through your nose. Positional therapy devices include pillows or wearable technology designed to encourage sleeping on one's side rather than back — this can be beneficial for those whose snoring is worse when sleeping on their backs.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to choosing a snoring appliance. It's important to consult with a healthcare professional before trying any new device, as well as experimenting with different types until finding what works best for you.
Who Can Benefit From Snoring Appliances?
Snoring is a common problem that can affect anyone. However, certain people are more likely to suffer from snoring than others. If you're someone who snores regularly and it's affecting the quality of your sleep, then you may benefit from using snoring appliances.
Snoring appliances help relieve symptoms of sleep apnea and snoring by design. They position the jaw or tongue in such a way to keep the airway open during sleep. Thus, snoring appliances can help patients breathe better while they sleep, which then reduces the incidence of snoring.
People who suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can benefit greatly from using snoring appliances as an alternative treatment option without resorting to surgery or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP).
Additionally, people who have trouble sleeping due to their own or their partner's loud snoring can benefit from using these devices. Snoring appliances can improve breathing patterns while asleep, resulting in deeper and more restful slumber for both parties.
If you're experiencing problematic levels of snoring and disrupted breathing during sleep, then it's worth considering whether a snore appliance could help alleviate your symptoms and improve your overall health and well-being.
Choosing the right type of snoring appliance depends on individual needs and preferences as well as consultation with a healthcare provider. With proper use and care, these devices can significantly improve sleep quality for both individuals who experience disruptive snoring patterns as well as that of their bed partners.
To learn more about these or other dentistry options, schedule a consultation with one of our dentists at Fort Union Family Dental located at 8915 S 700 E Ste 103, Sandy, Utah 84070, or call (801) 562-2147 today! We would be happy to answer any questions you may have!