What is Sleep Apnea?
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, sleep apnea is a condition where your sleeping is interrupted by a lack of breathing. This lack of breathing is caused for the same exact reasons that snoring is caused, but it’s a more extreme form of the condition. Your sleeping is constantly interrupted when your breathing stops.
Sometimes these interruptions can happen 20 to 30 times an hour. Typically the interruptions don’t last much longer than 30 seconds, but severe cases of the condition can be fatal. Your breathing can stop completely, which can lead to death. Thankfully this is a rare occurrence, but even if you have mild sleep Apnea, you are at risk for a number of worsening problems.
The main reason you should want to do something about your sleep Apnea is that it prevents the body from entering a deep sleep. The constant breathing interruptions are constantly preventing the body from getting to this stage, and thus most people who suffer from sleep Apnea are not getting the proper rest their bodies require.
A lack of proper rest can lead one to feeling very irritable and even depressed. This depression will make you want to sleep even more, but if nothing is done about the sleep Apnea, the excessive sleep will be meaningless as it will never get to that deep stage.
The cycle will continue, and it will just end up making you miserable if you don’t do anything about it. Aside from surgery, sleep Apnea mouthpieces are some of the most common devices out there for curing the condition.
Continue reading to discover why these devices are important and how they can improve your life in a number of ways.
How Do Sleep Apnea Mouthpieces Work?
The concept behind a sleep Apnea mouthpiece is ridiculously simple. All you need to do is put the device in your mouth and go to sleep. These devices work by providing a space between the teeth of the person wearing it, and they also work by gently guiding the jaw to a position that facilitates an unrestricted airflow.
You may not experience results immediately, as these products are designed to start a process of slow adjustments within the body.
That being said, the Good Morning Snore Solution works in a manner that is much different from this. The Good Morning Snore Solution is a small device that fits between the two front teeth. The user then pinches the device, sucks the air out, and sticks their tongue inside.
This product is a bit pricier than the others, but in my experience it is more than worth it. Unlike the more common sleep Apnea mouthpieces, this one does not take up the entire mouth while you’re wearing it.
It has also been shown (through testing that has been published in a legitimate peer-reviewed medical journal), that this device is far more likely to actually cure sleep Apnea than the other mouthpieces on the market (which, really, are more geared toward helping with Bruxism than anything else).
It really is as simple as I described. Don’t expect to have all of your sleep Apnea troubles solved overnight, but these devices function by being put into your mouth and guiding your airways open.
Some people with severe Apnea will likely not have any luck with most of these mouthpieces, but they’re trying out, especially if the only alternative you’re faced with is dangerous and risky surgery.
What Are My Options?
As I described above, most of the mouthpieces designed to assist with sleep Apnea are fitted over the top and bottom rows of teeth. Generally, these are designed to prevent bruxism, but they have also shown some promise in alleviating or eliminating the symptoms related to sleep Apnea as well.
All of the products in this category of mouthpieces are relatively inexpensive, and they range from $10 to $25, roughly. As long as you remember to clean your mouthpiece every morning and store it in a safe and dry location (the carrying case provided with the mouthpiece is an ideal storage location), they can last you roughly half a year.
If you’re looking for quality and effectiveness within this price range, then refer to my review of the Snore-Ex Mouthpiece. It is fairly inexpensive and it does a great job of reducing symptoms related to sleep Apnea. I have the Snore-Ex Mouthpiece out for myself and I found that, while it didn’t completely eliminate my sleep Apnea symptoms, it greatly reduced them and had a noticeably positive effect on my sleep.
The Good Morning Snore Solution is also a mouthpiece, but I feel as though it stands in a category all on its own. This device will give you some serious results when compared to the others.
You don’t need to worry about boiling down a rubber-like tooth mask and holding it in your mouth for ten minutes to get a mold, as this is something that doesn’t need to fit over all of your teeth. I can also say that if you’re looking for a mouthpiece to cure your sleep Apnea (and the condition isn’t severe), there is a very good chance that this product will work for you.
It took about three nights for me to start experience real results, and after using the Good Morning Snore Solution, I don’t think I’ll be going back to any of the other products.
What Are The Alternatives?
There are plenty of alternatives to mouthpieces if you want to cure your sleep Apnea. Surgery is the most expensive and risky, but it is also the most effective. There is a small chance that a surgery may go wrong and cause you to buy one of these devices anyway, but that is a rare occurrence.
One of the most common surgeries for sleep Apnea is a Maxillomandibular Advancement. This is a procedure in which the doctors physically move your jaw further away from your throat. It can be extremely dangerous, but so can severe sleep Apnea.
If your Sleep Apnea is not this severe and you’re looking for an alternative within the price range of most of these products, you can only benefit by looking at what I’ve reviewed elsewhere on this site.
Some people prefer Nasal Dilators to the mouthpieces, as they are slightly less invasive and they might open the airways in a way that proves to eliminate the condition for them. Others find that both the nasal dilators and the mouthpieces are too invasive, and are unable to sleep with something in their body, so they resort to using an Anti-Snoring Strap or Snore Preventing Pillow for their condition.
The straps are able to gently guide the mouth and jaw into a position that facilitates better airflow through the body, and the pillows do this as well. Lastly, if you find that these devices aren’t working, consider purchasing an Anti-Snoring Spray.
These products don’t work for everyone, but it’s the easiest and most non-invasive method of alleviating the condition that I’ve found. You just spray a bit of the formula into the back of your throat, and if it works for you, that’s all you need to start enjoying better rest.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of the road, and your condition is not so severe that you need surgery, but bad enough that these products aren’t working, your remaining option is to purchase a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.
This consists of a box connected to a tube, which connects to a mask that you strap onto your face while you sleep. However, many people have complained about getting dry mouth in the morning after using a CPAP machine, and around half the people who buy these products eventually stop using them, due to discomfort. This machine is certainly not your only option, so do yourself a favor and take a look at everything out there before buying one.
Why Should I Consider a Mouthpiece?
Snoring is a problem that takes place as a result of what’s happening with the nose and mouth. Mouthpieces are effective because they eliminate that problem right at the source. They go into the mouth and make adjustments according to the symptoms of snoring and sleep Apnea.
It’s also good to point out that they have shown to be more effective than alternatives like the pillows or sprays. You have just learned the both the CPAP machine and sleep Apnea surgery are very expensive options that are by no means guaranteed to be effective. With that in mind, doesn’t it make more sense to try out something affordable first?
Don’t make the mistake of spending hundreds of dollars on expensive solutions when the answer to your problems was staring you in the face for under $20.
So, to answer the question addressed in the title of this article: Yes, mouthpieces do work, but they don’t work for everyone. Check out the reviews on this site and see what product best suits your needs.