Snoring is a common problem seen in both genders and people of all ages. Snoring is a complaint in men and less frequently in women Snoring disturbs the sleep of the snorer and those affected by the sound of snoring. Snoring is caused because while sleeping the throat muscles relax and the tongue falls back, narrowing the throat. Breathing in causes the narrow throat to vibrate even more and causes noise while breathing out causes lesser vibration and no noise. In some cases the throat completely collapses and causes obstruction in breathing called apnea. This condition usually requires medical attention. Snoring causes disrupted sleep and may lead to several other loosely connected conditions such as heart disease and daytime dysfunction.
Snorers and those affected also are in search of effective methods to stop snoring. There are so many remedies like natural remedies, corrective sleep positions and anti snoring devices that it is difficult to know what is best. People even go to the extent of surgery to correct snoring. While natural remedies and corrective sleep positions are just theories which may or may not resolve the issue, anti snoring aids have a greater chance of correcting the problems. These snoring aids are the best option available when natural remedies are unreliable and surgery is out of the question.
Snoring aids available in the market again are so many that it is difficult to know what is right. Snoring aids such as theravent, nasal strips, anti snoring pillows, chin straps and snore sprays seem like creative and simple solutions to snoring, but are again unreliable and are not promising. As mentioned earlier, snoring is caused by the relaxation of throat muscles and by the falling back of tongue, so the most effective corrective measure would be to keep the throat passage open without narrowing and holding the tongue in position. Holding the jaws and tongue in position is possible only during waking hours, during sleep they tend to relax. To hold the tongue and jaws in position while sleeping snoring aids such as mandibular advancement devices and tongue stabilizing devices are available.
Mandibular advancement devices (MAD) are also called mandibular advancement splints (MAS). They are worn inside the mouth and these mouthpieces hold the lower jaws in place and prevent the narrowing of throat passage. As the throat muscles remain open, comfortable and unobstructed breathing is made possible. MAD are of a boil and bite design i.e. the device needs to be boiled, then placed in the mouth and bite down to fit in place. MAD cannot be used with dentures.
Tongue stabilizing devices (TSD) are also called tongue retaining device (TRD). This equipment has a bulb at its tip, when released on contact with the tongue, creates a vacuum and holds the tongue from falling back. Most of the equipment is placed outside the mouth, around the lips and is less intrusive than MAD.
Initially wearers may have difficulties with both these devices, such as soreness in jaws, which pass away by constant usage.