With the different types of anti-snoring solutions in the market choosing the right one can be really tricky if you don’t know what you are looking for. Plus among the most comfortable and affordable mouthpieces available the mandibular advancement devices (MADs) are the most popular. But with more than 80 MADs in the market, only a few options have been clinically proven to be effective when it comes to dealing with snoring.
Also referred to as jaw-retaining mouthpiece, this mouthpiece stops snoring by simply moving your lower-jaw slightly forward and opening up your partially closed throat. This will make it easy for you to breath and stop snoring. So here are some crucial factors to consider when choosing the right MADs.
1. The fitting process
Most Mandibular advancement devices utilize the boil-and-bite-fitting process, so you will never have to worry about it not fitting you perfectly. To soften this product you must first drop it in some boiling water for a minute and then remove it and dip it in cold water. Once it’s soft you can insert it in the mouth and bite down firmly. Its soft material will easily mold onto your teeth and the devices that use this method mention the term “thermoplastic”. So make sure you look for a device that uses this fitting process for more comfort.
The material used to make this device and its quality really matter. So while choosing your mouthpiece make sure you look for a product that is Bisphenol-A (BPA) free. The BPA is a unique building block that has been used to make polycarbonate plastic for centuries, but if it gets absorbed into your body it will mimic estrogen plus it has been linked to erectile dysfunction, cancer, heart disease, liver abnormalities and diabetes. BPA can be detected in your blood after using a device with BPA for about 4 minutes. The other thing to consider is latex; in fact more than three million people in the US are actually allergic to latex. So make sure the mandibular advancement device you choose if BPA free and also latex free.
3. Comfort and adjustability
The more adjustable an anti-snoring mouthpiece is, the more comfortable the device will be. Remember comfort should be your first priority when choosing a mouthpiece. Otherwise you will never have a poor sleep quality and a hard-time sleeping every night. Remember adjustability and the material used to make the MADs will dictate the comfortable level of your mouthpiece. Most mandibular advancement devices come with a lower-jaw adjustment option that will make it easy for you to control the position of the jaw.
4. Breathing holes
Although effective most mandibular advancement devices don’t have breathing holes. But as much as you might not need the breathing holes, it’s good to have a mouthpiece which has breathing holes, especially if you have sinus issues or any type of medical condition which will restrict airflow through your nasal cavity. The size of the breathing hole really matters; a small one will not allow enough oxygen into your lungs while a large hole will force your mouth into a very uncomfortable position.
Considering the fact that you will be wearing this device every night, make sure you choose a mandibular advancement device that has a longer life expectancy. High quality products which can be a little bit costly have a life-expectancy of between 6-12 months. So before you purchase a mandibular advancement device make sure you consider the above factors.