Tongue Retaining Devices
TRDs are either custom-made or pre-fabricated. They are made of soft, pliable material and have compartments that fit around the tongue to hold it forward and keep it in place by means of suction. They stop the tongue from sliding back which causes the obstruction.
This type of snore mouthpiece is more comfortable to wear than the previous type. TRDs have addressed the issues associated with jaw retaining devices. A tongue retaining mouthpiece is a small device that simply envelops your tongue and does not put any pressure to your teeth and jaw. That said, all those pain you feel when using jaw retainers are non-existent with TRDs. There is no risk of jaw pain, facial pain, or Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and muscle disorders. Some people who use tongue retainers have noticed an increase in saliva flow but no kind of pain was reported.
Another edge of tongue retainers over jaw holding devices is that you can use it if you have dentures. MADs are not recommended for patients with dentures so TRDs are the option for individuals who have very few or no teeth.
While the concept of tongue retainers is proven effective, TRDs are not for everybody. Tongue retainers require that the snorer can efficiently breathe through their nose. If you cannot breathe well through your nose or if you have nasal congestion, sinusitis, allergies, or colds, this solution is not suitable for you.
It is important to take note, however, that most oral appliances are only intended to treat snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. If you are unsure of your condition, it is best to consult your doctor to diagnose your condition properly since snoring could be an indication of a heart disease or some other health problem. If you have no serious health issues, the key is to find the stop snoring mouthpiece that will perfectly suit you.
If you want to know what other options you have, you may refer to our article on anti-snoring devices.
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