Several oral devices have been tested to treat people with
snoring, including a tongue-retaining device that is
worn while sleeping. It pushes the tongue and jaw forward, improving airflow.
Changing the position of the lower jaw enlarges the airway and decreases the
chance that it will collapse when you inhale. This may reduce snoring. This device is called a
mandibular repositioning device.
Some oral breathing devices supply electrical stimulation to the
throat muscles to prevent the airway from collapsing when you sleep.
shows that oral breathing devices can reduce snoring.footnote 1
Possible problems with devices that fit inside the mouth may
Buildup of saliva in the mouth, requiring
Discomfort, especially in the morning. Because
the devices can be uncomfortable, people tend not to use them over the long
Damage to teeth, soft tissues in the mouth, and the jaw
joints. A dentist or orthodontist needs to fit the device to prevent these
Excess saliva in your mouth and mild discomfort should become less
bothersome with regular use.
Hensley M, Ray C (2009). Sleep apnoea, search date May 2008. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
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