Are There Devices to Help You Stop Snoring?
Snoring is a common issue that causes a hoarse sound from the nose or mouth as a result of obstructed air movement. Believe it or not, this condition affects about 90 million adults in America. If you're an avid snoring and looking for ways to stop, you may be wondering whether there are devices that may help.
Fortunately, there are a number of devices you can try to put an end to your snoring. These devices may be just what you need to prevent daytime fatigue, social problems, unhealthy weight gain, and car accident dangers.
If your snoring is not a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, the following devices are certainly worth considering:
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs)
MADs are similar to mouthguards as they fit between your upper and lower jaws. They are hinged in order to stop your tongue and soft palate from getting in the way of your airway while you're sleeping.
Since most MAD devices restrict mouth breathing, you'll need to learn how to inhale and exhale through your nose if you decide to wear one. While it may take a bit of time to get used to a MAD, you'll find that the comfort loss is no big deal. This is especially true if it helps you stop snoring. PureSleep® and Z-Quiet® are two examples of brands that offer MADs.
Tongue Stabilizing Devices (TSDs)
If your snoring occurs because your tongue navigates toward the back of your throat while you're sleeping, TSDs may be right for you. The majority of TSDs attach to your tongue via suction and work to keep it forward. Due to the fact that TSDs are intrusive, they aren't effective for every patient. Good Morning Snore Solution and Zyppah® both offer TSDs.
Just like their name implies, nasal dilators are designed to dilate or widen the nasal passages so you inhale more air and alleviate the stuffy feeling that may hinder your sleep quality. If you opt for a nose insert, you'll place it into your nostrils and widen your nasal passages. Nose Cone® is a well-known brand that offers nose inserts. Another example of a nose dilator is an external nasal strip, which features an adhesive back.
To apply an external nasal strip, you'll peel off the adhesive and place it on your nose so that it can open up your nostrils. Breathe Right® Nasal Strips are quite popular.
If your snoring does not improve after you try these devices, it's time to see an ENT doctor. They can pinpoint the cause of your condition and recommend an alternative treatment option.