Tongue retaining devices or tongue stabilizing devices (TSD) are devices that hold the tongue forward while sleeping to prevent snoring or severe to mild sleep apnea. They are quite different from mandibular advancement devices (MADs) commonly referred to as mouthpieces.
The TRDs thus restrain the tongue from collapse to the beck of the mouth cavity. This reduces the chances of the base of the tongue causing obstruction to the air passages. This obstruction is the major cause of vibration of the soft tissues. Therefore without the vibrations there is no snoring.
The TRDs therefore are different from mouthpieces because the never enter inside the mouth but are used on the tongue. The restraining always seem hard to use because if you remember our childhood, we used to hold the tongue and then try to talk. This also means that the user of the TRD thinks about eating too.
The Tongue Retaining Devices do not cause any pain at all. The best TRD according to me is the The Pacifier Tongue Retention sleep Aid. It functions well like a pacifier and is soft and cuddles the tongue and lips. Therefore, the pacifier tongue retention device is a fantastic device for the prevention of snoring and mild to severe sleep apnea, and does not hurt either the tongue, lips or the gums.
How do the tongue retaining devices work?
The TRD being a pacifier like in shape works to prevent snoring and severe to mild sleep apnea. The pacifier has a bulb like shape on the outside and a suction cup on the inside. When the cup is placed on the tongue edge and the bulb side pressed, the device restrains the tongue by a suction mechanism. The other parts of the device lie between the outer part of the gum and the inner parts of the lips. The suction is good enough to prevent the device from falling off from your tongue as you sleep even if you talk in your sleep.
Are the tongue restraining devices comfortable?
When you check reviews of people who have used the TRD on this site, most people claim they are very comfortable. They are easy to use and since they are made from sweet and soft material they feel like a cuddle on the tongue and lips. Therefore, they do not cause any irritation to the gums, lips, tongue and any other part that the device may come in contact with. Like in children, a pacifier is very soft and soothing but is always sore on the tongue for the first few days. This soreness is not from the suction but because of the tongue being retained in a different position other than the routine.
Effectiveness of TRDs
This is a very effective method to take care of snoring and mild obstructive sleep apnea. Among all users at least 8 in ten rate them as effective for their problem. This is a good rating when the method is very simple in design and to use and also the price is very affordable. I as a user recommend the product for comfort, effectiveness, cost and ease of use.
Who can’t use a tongue retaining device?
The TRDs are not recommended for people who normally breathe through the mouth. These people include people with nasal polyps, deviated septum, sinus problems or blocked nostrils in case of infections. These other devices that can be used by snorers include memory foam pillows, Mandibular advancement devices, snoring sprays and tablets and others.
However, unlike the other devices which can’t be used by people with dental dentures, crowns, caps or bridgework, these individuals can effectively use a TRDs. This is because the TRDs do not go inside the mouth but work on the tongue, lips and outer gum. For people with a missing tooth or a loose one we recommend that they can also use a TRD.
Major reasons why you should get a TRD
- Tongue restraining devices do not penetrate into the mouth but work on the outer bit of the tongue, outer gums and inner lips.
- They are very affordable
- Recommended for people with dentures, missing/loose teeth, crowns, caps and bridgework.
- Tongue retaining devices are soft and comforting to the lips, tongue and gums
- They can be used by most age groups of snorers for effectively managing snoring and mild sleep apnea.
- Tongue stabilizing devices are easy to use as compared to the process of wearing a mandibular advancement devices.
- They do not contain any chemicals.
Reasons why you should not get a TRD
- If you have a stuffed nose or if your snoring is due to allergic reactions that leave your nose blocked then you should consider other devices to end snoring.
- For people with a nasal problem that prevents easy breathing though the nose. The problems may include deviated septum, nasal polyps and sinus problems.
Why people snore
Snoring is a sleeping disorder that is caused by vibration of the tissues on the airways due to blockage by either the base of the tongue if it collapses or/and soft palate. This vibration produces snoring sounds. This may be because of allergies like dust mite allergy, increase of neck circumference, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and other reasons.
How to sleep with a snorer is a major challenge to the partners. It may lead to spouses sleeping in different rooms or beds. Most of the partners or families who are always sleeping with a snorer admit to suffering from insomnia or other sleeping disorders. This is because the snoring sounds especially in excessive snoring are a reason to wake up or not to get a good quality sleep.
Other methods to cure snoring and severe to mild sleep apnea
- Use of anti-snoring memory foam pillows. These pillows help you to position your body well and also prevent allergic reactions leading to snoring.
- Mandibular advancement devices. These devices are available in amazon and work well to prevent snoring.
- Chin straps, nasal vents and nasal dilators
- Anti-snoring sprays and tablets.
- If all the methods above do not work then we recommend that you undergo a mandibular advancement surgery or a jawline surgery.