Are There Any Anti-Snoring Mouth Guard Side Effects?
Stop snoring devices, or anti-snoring devices, as they are also called, are basically products that are designed to help stop a snoring problem. There are a lot of them on the market, and they come in all kinds of different styles, types, and kinds… but one of the more popular types tend to be the anti-snoring mouth guards.
These mouth guards, which are also called mandibular advancement devices (or MADs), are basically stop-snoring devices that you place into the mouth. Using your teeth and jaw for leverage, they pull the lower jaw forward just enough to create a bit of extra space in the back of the throat (the soft palate, to be more specific).
This, in theory, helps to keep the wearer from snoring – and it actually works quite well!
MADs are pretty well known and respected for how well they work to stop snoring… but that doesn’t mean that they don’t also come with a few possible side effects. In this article, we are going to discuss these side effects, just so that our readers can know what sorts of problems can be associated with anti-snoring mouth guards.
Just as a side-note, though, please understand that not all MAD users experience side effects. Most people use the devices without any sort of problem at all. Side effects seem to be pretty rare, which is a good thing.
The Side Effects
According to this paper, which was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine back in September of 2001, these are the listed side effects that can occur when a Mandibular Advancement Device is used to treat Sleep Apnea.
- Dryness of the mouth
- Tooth discomfort or pain
- Jaw pain
- Stiffness or pain of masticatory muscles
- Occlusal change of tooth position
- Loosening of teeth
Information! Obviously, not all of these side effects happened to everyone, and the more serious ones showed up with much less frequency, but these were all of the side effects that were recorded in the study.
Here’s a small quote from the study that we thought was interesting to note…
“All of the 22 patients reported some side effects, but they were of minor intensity and did not lead to discontinuation of therapy.”
What Does This Side Effect Information Mean?
Sometimes, the side effects associated with certain treatments are so bad that people need to decide whether or not the treatment is even worth taking part in.
But this does not usually seem to be the case with mandibular advancement devices. Snoring and sleep apnea are both serious in their own ways… and there are MADs out there on the market that are suitable and effective for treating each.
And as it was shown in this study, side effects can occur with such devices – but they are generally not considered bad enough to cease the treatment.
In the end, MADs are one of the most effective (and cost-effective) types of snoring therapy there is.
They are pretty cheap, they are easy to use, they are often easy to fit and obtain – and they have achieved quite a bit of success in the field of snoring treatment.
Keep in mind that you will need to make sure that you buy the right type of MAD if you wish to treat sleep apnea, as not every device is actually designed to treat it – but those that are can also be quite effective for the disorder, despite the fact that it is even more severe than snoring.
If you are thinking about buying a mandibular advancement device for your own personal use, then it may be advisable to speak to your doctor about it first. You can also do some research to find out which devices work better for a wide range of different types of cases. You will find that some such devices are simply better than others – so it is important to do some reading and studying before you decide on a mouth guard that seems ‘right’ for you.