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.
Research shows that oral breathing devices can reduce snoring.1
Possible problems with devices that fit inside the mouth may include:
Excess saliva in your mouth and mild discomfort should become less bothersome with regular use.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine|
|Last Revised||January 20, 2012|
Last Revised: January 20, 2012
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2013 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.