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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.
shows that oral breathing devices can reduce snoring.footnote 1
Possible problems with devices that fit inside the mouth may
Excess saliva in your mouth and mild discomfort should become less
bothersome with regular use.
Hensley M, Ray C (2009). Sleep apnoea, search date May
2008. Online version of BMJ Clinical Evidence: http://www.clinicalevidence.com.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Mark A. Rasmus, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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