Snoring is a common health condition that can affect anyone. Although occasional snoring is not an indication of a serious health problem, it can disrupt your sleeping pattern as well as your bed partner. If you find that snoring seriously disrupts your sleeping, there are some devices that you can use to help you get a good night’s sleep.
What Causes Snoring?
Before purchasing a medical device, it is important to know what causes the health problem. Snoring usually occurs when there is an obstruction in the air pathway. Some obstructions can be caused by poor throat and tongue muscles (wherein the muscle collapses and the pathway is obstructed), long soft palate (the long tissue bulb that hangs at the backend of the throat), nasal polyps and even being overweight.
There are several ways that one can do to alleviate snoring and this includes the use of chin straps, CPAP machines, mouthpieces, palatial implants, mouth guards, traditional surgery and even the use of radio frequency heat for uvula removal.
What are Anti-Snore Mouth Guards?
For patients that are not habitual snorers, using a mouth guard is one of the best and cheaper alternatives to prevent sleep disruption. Mouth guards are like mouth pieces that boxers uses; the only difference with this device is that the device is designed to reduce and even stop snoring by moving the lower jaw forward and opening up the back throat for an unobstructed pathway.
How to Purchase One?
Before purchasing a mouth guard, it is important to consider not only the cost but also the features of the device. Some devices are shaped to the patient’s teeth and jaw making them comfortable to wear all night. Some are manufactured using hypoallergenic materials while other devices are customizable.
Is it Dangerous to Wear One?
Wearing a mouthpiece while one is sleeping might not sound like a good idea for some and can even be uncomfortable. However, wearing a mouthpiece is relatively safe. Patients who find themselves habitually snoring should consult a physician or their medical health provider to determine the cause of their health problem.
Snoring can be a physical symptom of an underlying condition such as sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that affects millions of patients worldwide. Sleep apnea is often misdiagnosed because some of its symptoms are relatively the same with other sleeping disorders. Patients who find themselves feeling sleepy excessively during the daytime or observe themselves having multiple pauses in breathing during sleep should see their health provider.