45% of adults snore and 25% of these are habitual snorers. Problem snoring is more frequent in males and overweight people and usually worsens with age. The family, partners, and anyone cohabitating with a habitual snorer know that this cannot be taken lightly and a snoring solution needs to be found to lessen this harmful, noisy and embarrassing behaviour.
Use a snoring mouthpiece forever
To date, there is no cure for snoring, but rather solutions to lessen the noise and help regulate the disturbed sleep patterns.
Snoring devices (mandibular advancement devices) have been in the market for more than a decade now and have been proven to work for a large percentage of people who snore. There have been negative and positive reviews for most of these devices and it remains a personal preference which device not only stops the snoring but is comfortable to sleep with.
We called on 2 snorers who have been using Anti-snoring devices for the last 5 years to chat about their choice and give their version.
From the Snorer’s mouth!
Emily Jenkins -52
I have been a habitual snorer for about 8 years now and my snoring seemed to get worse as I went through menopause. After waking myself up with my own snore and my husband recording me on his phone I decided to search around for a snoring remedy. I found my solution just over 5 years ago and I am reluctant to change devices now. After trying several different devices with a variety of reviews I settled on a device firstly, one that stopped my snoring and secondly that I could sleep comfortably with. At first, there was a mild discomfort but after a few nights of sleeping with the mouthpiece, I got used to it. Now it has become second nature in my sleep routine, it is easier to mould when I need a fresh one and I know what forward bite I am looking for.
SnoreMeds kept the concept simple and the material that the mouthpiece is made from is softer than the other products on the market. I clean the mouthpiece daily and quite like the concept of changing the mouthpiece more often.
I don’t want to sound melodramatic but wearing a mouthpiece has not only changed my life but my husband too.
Hans Vreeman – 49
I have been snoring since my late teens and I was the guy that no one wanted to share the dorm with. It was only later in life when I got married that emotionally it became a very real problem in my relationship. In desperation, I went for surgery. It was extremely painful, it was not even six months after the operation that my snoring gradually returned. My wife was desperate and gave me an ultimatum to seek further help.
My dentist recommended a device to hold my lower jaw forward while I slept and we discussed several options available in the market, and he suggested I purchase one to see if I could sleep easily with it.
Purchasing a self-customised device was to be an interim measure and if the device worked and tamed the snoring, the dentist would go ahead and make a more expensive custom dental appliance to suit my jaw.
I tried a few varieties, SnoreMeds was definitely more comfortable than the other versions that I had tried and my wife was witness to the fact that it stopped me from snoring. I have not found the need to return to the dentist for a more expensive version, this one is great and serves its purpose, they are also readily available when I need a new one.
Will a snoring device mess up your beautiful smile?
Probably not. Researchers in Sweden found few problems in patients, especially those using soft plastic mouthpieces. However, a study of 630 people who were fitted with mandibular advancement devices found that only one-quarter of the people did not continue using the device due to side effects like excess salivation or the inability to sleep with a device.
Snorers who continued using the devices over long periods of time were advised to check back with their dentists periodically to make sure that all was in order.