There are two basic categories of oral appliances. the Mandibular Advancement Device or MAD, and the Tongue Stabilizing Device or TSD.
Many mistakenly believe that the two are one in the same, however, they are actually different and both are very effective at stopping snoring.
The tongue stabilizer typically works to help hold the tongue in place and keep it from falling back into the throat thus causing an obstruction that can lead to snoring.
Basically, you’ll use a small suction between the tongue stabilizing device and your tongue. This will help keep your tongue where it belongs and prevent you from snoring.
This is a safe and comfortable solution for those who snore and need to stop snoring. It’s easy to use, easy to take with you should you have to go on a trip and you can move freely around in your bed so you can sleep in any comfortable position that you choose.
Made from medical grade silicone, it won’t irritate your tongue and it’s very comfortable. However, if you’re having any issues in breathing through your nose, this isn’t the device for you. It relies upon your ability to breathe through your nose.
The Mandibular Advancement Device, which is also referred to as MAD, will help to hold your lower jaw in the forward position thus preventing you from snoring.
In the same fashion that the tongue may be pulled back into the throat, the jaw may also be pulled back thus leading to snoring.
While this unit sounds very complicated, it’s actually very comfortable to wear. It does, however, look much different than the previous device. It forces the user to bite down thus causing the jaw to hold it in position. That’s how it keeps you from snoring.
It may be slightly uncomfortable in the beginning and you may have a sore jaw after the first few wearings, however, users say that this is only temporary and once they got used to the device it wasn’t bad at all and they did stop snoring.
Everyone is different and these two devices will vary in effectiveness and efficiency from one person to the other. However, most people find that one of these devices can make all the difference in the world to a good nights sleep.