Snoring is one of the most common sleeping problems that about 45 % of normal adult can experience it. The problem with snoring usually starts when an individual reaches the age of 20. However, no matter how common snoring is, most of us are guilty of not discussing it with our physicians. Aside from that, snoring is one of the medical problems that we consider as simple and not a life threatening disease. Because of this, the people who experience snoring usually consider trying out methods that they believe can mitigate or completely help in banishing the problem.
Even though snoring can be cured using simple means and methods, it is worth noting that there are different levels of snoring based on severity and medical attention it requires. Let’s just say that occasional snorers can simply change their sleep position or avoid drinking alcoholic beverages before going to sleep and they can already stop themselves from snoring. However, in some cases, people who snore experiences other disease or health problem that aids in aggravating it.
Luckily, in the past few years, more and more medical practitioners and researchers are developing treatments that can aid severe snorers. Some of the medical cures for snoring available these days are the traditional surgery like the tonsillectomy, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP), adenoidectomy, continuous positive airway pressure or CPAP, and the Thermal Ablation Palatoplasty (TAP), somnoplasty, palatal implants, laser-assisted uvulopalatoplasty (LAUP), and using a mouthpiece. Most of the people who experiences a mild case of snoring caused by the anatomy of their mouth are suggested to use a mouthpiece.
To tell you frankly, choosing a mouthpiece or mouth guard can be an overwhelming or challenging task, most especially if this will be the first time that you will try it out. There are hundreds, if not thousands of different types, makes, and models of mouthpiece and mouth guard that you can choose from. In addition to that, the sizes and the materials used varies. If you’re looking for the best mouthpiece that you can use, here are the features that you need to look for when choosing an anti-snoring mouthpiece.
- The comfort that the mouthpiece offers- the most important feature that you need to look for an anti-snoring mouthpiece is the quality of comfort it provides. While using the mouthpiece, you should be able to sleep soundly without the needs of feeling annoyed and such.
- The materials used in the mouthpiece- just like what was mentioned, the mouthpieces available in the market are made from various materials. Thus, it is good to determine which materials are safe for regular usage. It also works to choose a mouthpiece that is durable enough to last as long as you need to wear one.
- The type of mouthpiece you need- basically, there are two major types of mouthpiece available- the tongue stabilizing device (TSD) and the mandibular advancement device (MAD). Of course, before you invest in a mouthpiece or two, visit your physician and ask him for recommendations. By doing so, it will be easier for you to choose which mouthpiece can provide the best advantages and benefits so you can finally say goodbye to your snoring problem.