News & resources

Working And Usage Of Snoring Mouth Guards

Sleeping is relaxing, but people often get startled hearing their snoring. It is a problem many people face. Do you face it, or does your partner’s snoring disturbs your beauty sleep?

If you are looking for a solution to this problem, you must consider buying snoring mouthguards. But first, learn about how they work and their usage.

Why Do People Snore?

When a person sleeps, all the muscles go into relaxing mode. When the muscles around the tongue and the tissues around the airway get extremely relaxed, the passing air causes vibration, resulting in snoring.

Snoring is not unusual. Almost everyone snores, but it is a chronic issue for some people. If you or anyone in your family suffers from excessive snoring or sleep apnea, this guide is for you.

Working Of Snoring Mouth Guards

If you are wondering how mouthguards help in curing snoring, read on.

The function of snoring mouthguards is to broaden your airway and prevent tissues at the back of your mouth from vibrating. They push your jaw forward to make way for air by gently pressing your jawline. It looks the same as a normal mouthguard that athletes wear. It fits comfortably around your teeth and prevents snoring.

Types Of Snoring Mouth Guards And Their Usage

People who suffer from sleep apnea are advised to use a CPAP, but most find it intrusive. A snoring mouthguard can help with sleep apnea too. Their simplicity and effectiveness make them a great choice. Different types of mouthguards are available in the market, which are discussed below:


One of the most common ones are over-the-counter mouthguards. They are the same as used in sports. You can find them in any drugstore, but do they stop snoring is a question. It is not recommended to use OTC mouthguards as they might not fit your teeth as desired.

Boil and Bite Mouthguard

These are the most popular snoring mouthguards as they are readily available and can be molded for anyone. They are a one-size-fits-all kind. The name is self-explanatory as to how to use the boil and bite mouthguards, but here is a step-by-step guide.

  • Boil water in a saucepan.
  • Put the mouthguard in it for a minute. The material will soften.
  • Pull out the mouthguard using a tong or fork and let it cool down to a comfortable temperature.
  • Place them in your mouth and bite hard, first with your molars and then your front teeth. Bite firmly.
  • Remove the mouthguard and put them in a glass. Fill the glass with cold water and let the material harden.
  • Once cooled down completely, you can use the mouthguard at night to reduce snoring.

These are made of thermoplastic material, and thus, they are not safe. Therefore, you should not try to treat your snoring problems using these mouthguards.

Custom Snoring Mouthguard

A custom mouthguard is explicitly designed for your teeth by your dentist. For example, if you have crooked teeth with gaps, OTC mouthguards might not fit your mouth as desired.

Custom mouthguards are designed once your dentist examines your teeth. The process of getting a custom mouthguard takes time. First, an impression of your teeth and jaw is taken, which is then sent to the laboratory. A sample mouthguard is prepared for you, which you can pick from your dentist’s place and check whether it is comfortable. Then a final mouthguard is prepared for you. They are made using thermoplastic polymer and are safe to use.

Are Snoring Mouthguards Better Than Snoring Mouthpieces?

Both anti-snoring devices look the same. Mouthguards are used to keep your teeth in place and are used for several purposes, including restraining from grinding, protecting from injuries, snoring, etc.

Mouthpieces or Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) are anti-snoring devices that look like mouthguards. They have metal hinges that automatically push the lower jaw forward, and remove the tongue from the way, so that air passes freely and snoring stops.

Both devices are used for snoring, but users find mouthguards are easier to use and more comfortable.

Consult A Dentist For Snoring

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a chronic disorder that causes your tongue and jaw muscles to relax excessively and block the air passage. If you have the following symptoms, consult a dentist now:

  • Chest pain at night
  • Excessive snoring
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Restless sleep
  • Unusual breathing during sleeping
  • Sore throat upon awakening, etc.

The symptoms mentioned above indicate sleep apnea which can be treated. Peace of Mind Dental Studio in Chandler is your destination if you are waking up with a sore jaw, headaches, or your partner is complaining of excessive snoring. We offer custom snore guards which ensure a healthy sleep. You might believe that you don’t need help, but we recommend a consultation so you can learn if there is a problem.

Written by Dr. Silverman

Dr. Silverman is the co-founder of Peace of Mind Dental, a Chandler Arizona, general dentistry practice.