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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.
Research shows that oral breathing devices can reduce snoring.footnote 1
Possible problems with devices that fit inside the mouth may include:
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 MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerHasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
Current as ofDecember 6, 2017
Current as of:
December 6, 2017
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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