People can experience many challenges as they sleep. These challenges can impact their sleep quality and health. One of these challenges can be as serious as obstructive sleep apnea (when the tissue in their throat obstructs the airway). Yet, there are milder conditions such as nasal or mouth snoring. At the Smile Spa, many sleep accessories can help treat symptoms and disorders. These accessories can increase your quality of sleep and living. Below are some examples of common sleep accessories we can help advise you on.
Snoring Chin Straps
Snoring chin straps come in many varieties. They are put on over your head to support your chin. This keeps your mouth closed so that you breathe through your nose while sleeping. The chin strap is mainly for those who snore through their mouth. It wouldn’t reduce snoring for those who snore through their nose. Snoring chin straps work best for light snorers.
A vestibular shield goes inside your mouth and, like a chin strap, forces your body to breathe from its nose. Choosing a vestibular shield over a chin strap is often a matter of preference, as both have a similar effect.
Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD)
Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) are alternatives to other treatments for disorders. They move the jaw and tongue forward. This reduces the amount of throat constriction you experience while sleeping. MADs prevent both sleep apnea and snoring by increasing the airway space at the back of the mouth and throat.
MADs can offer significant benefits, but they are not for everyone. People who wear dentures or have significant tooth decay are not great candidates for this type of sleep accessory. Another option is over-the-counter MADs. They are made of soft material formed to your teeth by boiling them in water and then biting down. Smile Spa can provide a more comfortable and effective device through teeth impressions and build a custom MAD fitted to your teeth exactly.
Tongue Stabilizing Devices (TSDs)
These devices are made of similar material to mouth guards and pacifiers. They pull your tongue forward in your mouth. It attaches to your tongue through suction and braces on your lips or teeth to hold the tongue forward. A tongue-stabilizing device does not move your entire jaw like a MAD. This means that TSDs exert less pressure on your teeth and jaw. People who have dentures or otherwise struggle with teeth and jaw pain find TSDs as a better option.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Devices
Considered the best solution for most sleep apnea patients, CPAP machines apply air pressure on your throat while sleeping, so the throat does not collapse. It is used at home every night when you sleep and includes a mask covering your nose, mouth, or both.
Talk to us About Sleep Accessories
If you have difficulty sleeping or dealing with symptoms that the proper sleep accessories can aid, we can help advise you. Quality sleep does so much good for your body and can help your body heal, even if it takes extra help and accessories for sleep to do its job. Please schedule an appointment today so we can help get your sleep journey back on the right path.