The Use of Tongue Stabilizing Device for Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Sleep apnea is characterized by breathing cessations that may last a few minutes to up to an hour of sleep and loud snoring. Apnea episodes recur in sleep due to a receding throat and especially a partial airway blockage in the back of the throat. If you have sleep apnea, the doctor would prescribe you to wear an oral device to counter the issues, which is known as Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).
While the most common and comfortable oral appliance for sleep apnea is the anti snoring mouth guard, there are also alternatives to treat the medical condition. Each and every oral appliance for sleep apnea tries to properly align the structure of the upper airway and facilitate free air flow during sleep. While the stop snoring mouthpiece does this by advancing the lower jaw forward, a tongue stabilizing device uses suction method for the same.
An anti snoring mouth guard made of high quality resin can be custom fitted into the jaws to keep the mandible forward. The oral appliance is essentially tried as an alternative for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy by sleep apnea patients. The loud noise produced by a CPAP machine puts off certain patients and thus the anti snoring mouth guard comes to the rescue of the sleep apnea patients.
Tongue stabilizing device, on the other hand, is often put on the lips and has a hole through which you can put the tongue. The plastic device is used to keep the tongue in an advanced position to alleviate the obstruction in the upper airway. Being said that, using the oral device on the tongue could be somewhat uncomfortable, say those who have used the device. Moreover, if you have sleep apnea, it is important to know whether you can put the tongue out past the teeth to secure the tongue stabilizing device in place.
Chances are you may need to keep on using the tongue stabilizing device if the obstruction in the upper airway is due to a tongue enlargement like macroglossia. However, there are cleaning routines to be followed when using the tongue stabilizing device on a routine course in order to prevent unpleasant odors. In a general sense, if you have Frenulum, it is likely that you may not be able to make full use of the tongue stabilizing device for sleep apnea and snoring.