Both the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) have agreed that both Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) can be prescribed as the first line therapy for the treatment of mild to moderate Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
Using anti snoring mouthpieces has become an effective treatment method that can help treat primary snoring without OSA. Let us look what makes a snoring mouthpiece an effective solution in addressing the issue of snoring.
Snore Stop Mouthpieces and Oral Appliances
The Oral Appliances Therapy (OAT) includes using sleep apnea mouthpieces and other oral appliances and all of them offer similar advantage to the users. Some of the important advantages of using sleep apnea mouthpiece to control snoring include the following.
- They are non-invasive
- They are effective for mild snoring and OSA
- They do not need electricity and is much portable for travel
- They are easy to clean and maintain
- They are noiseless
- They are reimbursable via insurance
Some of the mouthpieces even allow users to eat, talk, and drink and can be helpful to those people who need to chew antacids in the middle of the night. Besides, snoring mouth guards are easy to wear and more comfortable than CPAP, meaning that the patients are likely to continue with the therapy
Use of anti snoring devices can improve daytime sleepiness, blood pressure, driving performance, and overall quality of life. Experts say that such devices also allow fast adjustment period to the user.
Efficacy and Effectiveness of Snoring Treatment
There is a difference between the effectiveness and efficacy of snoring treatments. Efficacy refers to the ability of the particular therapy to treat the snoring problem, whereas effectiveness refers to efficacy together with the overall compliance and comfort of the patient.
Studies show that CPAP is highly efficacious in treating snoring, meaning that treatment works well to correct OSA. However, many patients do not find the treatment comfortable, so the real world effectiveness of the treatment might be less when compared to the snoring mouthpieces, as many users will abandon the CPAP treatment in the long run. However, some anti snoring mouthpieces are less efficacious than CPAP in treating OSA, as many factors will affect the effectiveness of the treatment and it can change from person to person.