Imagine, you have a snoring problem and like so many people, you search online for a ‘cure’, a quick fix – and in no time at all there it is:
Your instant stop snoring solution!
Sold to you with all sorts of promises, guarantees and ‘testimonials’ – etc. etc. What could possibly go wrong? Easy fix.
Stop snoring ‘cures’ could well be the oldest con trick out there – and I bet you know this really.
Are they all a rip off?
Perhaps not all snoring ‘cures’ are a rip off (I will tell you how to stop snoring) but lets move away from the device, potion, spray etc. itself for a moment; and look at the real problem:
How these things are provided
Here’s an analogy for you: If you cannot see properly – do you guess what lenses you need and fit your own glasses? No of course you don’t. You get assessed, diagnosed and provided with the right ones.
Key points are:
In that order – by a professional.
Snoring is no different. It’s not a joke. In fact it could well be very serious indeed. Read more.
What I hate about instant snoring ‘cures’ is that unscrupulous businesses are exploiting desperate snorers (and their family and partners). Such businesses encourage the naive to ‘Work out what kind of snoring you have’ (read self diagnose) to then sell them a ‘cure’ to ‘treat’ their own snoring. The merit (or otherwise) of the supposed ‘cure’ is one thing, but
The individual is unable to distinguish between anti-social, nuisance snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea
It is a scam and a dangerous one at that. Both snoring and sleep apnoea deserve proper assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Not muffling with a quick fix gadget.
You might have seen some blurb for anti-snoring devices at the Pharmacy, Dentist, Doctors or perhaps read about them here and there. They are all over the internet. You might have even read our Free Guide about “How to choose a ‘mouthpiece'” and perhaps thought –
Let’s break your argument down
You’re the expert right? Its your snoring after all – and your mouth, teeth and gums too. What would a Dentist know about teeth and gums? Yes exactly: A lot.
But snoring – What do Dentists know about that?
Some Dentists (see below) choose to develop a special interest in snoring or more correctly ‘sleep related breathing disorders’ (SRBD) and they really should be your first call when you’re thinking of a snoring cure. Think about it – you’re going to wear this thing in your mouth while you are ASLEEP and depend upon it to keep your throat open so you can breathe (and pray it doesn’t break and you end up inhaling or swallowing it…)
You can find dentists with a special interest in sleep related breathing disorders here:
Dentists with a special interest in sleep
The lesson here is to see someone who knows what they are doing (and hasn’t just been on a manufacturer’s course)
What’s your beef with ‘instant’ stop snoring devices?
I particularly hate ‘instant’ anti-snoring cures worn in your mouth as the balance of side-effects versus benefits is generally not in your favour. All of these anti-snoring devices have side-effects. This is true for both instant and professional fit/custom-made ones fitted by a dentist. It is simply a risk/benefit analysis.
This means you may well suffer some irreversible harm – or – if you get lucky just waste your money
Let’s clear this up now: anti-snoring devices may also be described as mouthpieces, splints, gumshields, mandibular repositioning devices, oral devices and appliances. Or combinations of these terms. You may see: MRD, MAS, MAD…
How to stop snoring
Assuming you are not keen on being exploited by the unscrupulous ‘quick fix’ gang or are into hurting yourself and you want to stop snoring – you should consult a sleep trained Dentist. You have choices there too. You need knowledge and criteria for choice.
Some simple questions to help:
- Are they a member of a professional sleep organisation?
- Ask them what training they have in sleep
- Do they offer a range of anti-snoring devices?
- Ask to see example devices (they should have at least 2 or 3 different designs)
- Do they work with a local hospital sleep/ENT department?
The responsible sleep trained Dentist doesn’t just ‘fit’ you with an anti-snoring device and wave goodbye.
They are going to make sure that your snoring isn’t a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA)
and if they are concerned refer you for specialist investigation. The Dentist will ensure that your teeth, gums and jaw joint are healthy and are able to withstand the loads the anti-snoring device will place upon them. And to establish the situation now before you start using the device (so change may be monitored) they will take x-rays of your teeth (or if fairly recent x-rays exist – request sight of them from your regular dentist).
They will establish that your nasal airway is satisfactory, they will assess the size of your tongue and soft palate. The list goes on and on. They will also keep what is known as ‘master casts’ (records of the position of your teeth). Oh and their training is recognised by their professional indemnity insurer.
They do this to ensure they don’t make a problem while trying to ‘cure’ your snoring
The ideal anti-snoring device doesn’t exist
The ideal anti-snoring device doesn’t yet exist – but fear not. Getting close to perfect for you is something that the expert Dentist can help you with (it depends upon many things eg: how many teeth you have and where, whether you grind your teeth [bruxism] amongst other things). The feature set below should help you have a more informed conversation:
- Cheap (or very durable and can be modified if you lose a tooth)
- Has good retention
- Is adjustable
- Isn’t bulky
- Comfort (as in you can use it)
- Has minimal side effects
- Is easy to keep clean
Cheap - Click here to learn more
Retention - Click here to learn more
Adjustable - Click here to learn more
Bulky - Click here to learn more
Comfort - Click here to learn more
Side Effects - Click here to learn more
Today, you have to be alert for scams online, in the Post, on the telephone, pretty much everywhere. (I even received a scam phone call while typing this). Please use your head. If it looks too good to be true – then don’t fall for it. Snoring may well be nothing more than a nuisance, but it could be obstructive sleep apnoea.
Self ‘diagnosing’ and ‘treating’ yourself with gimmicks is NOT a cost saving, it may well do you harm and mask a real problem that needs investigating and treating properly, regardless of whether it’s ‘just’ snoring or sleep apnoea.
Read our impartial Guide to find the Best Anti-Snoring Device
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Page last updated: 25th March 2017