Snoring and Snore Reducing Devices

If you are on this page, someone has probably told you that you snore. You may have seen or heard the commercials or advertisements for snore reducing devices often called anti-snore mouthguards or mouthpieces. These devices are designed to reduce snoring by holding the tongue in place or pushing the jaw forward. Before purchasing a snore reducing device be sure you understand the intended use of these devices along with their limitations.

What is snoring?

Snoring is more than just a sound that occurs during sleep. It is a medical disease that should be diagnosed by a physician and treated. Snoring has been associated with sleep deprivation, daytime drowsiness, irritability, lack of focus and decreased libido. Loud snoring has been associated with increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.

How is snoring diagnosed?

You should inform your physician that you snore and of any other issues related to your sleep. Your physician will then complete a sleep evaluation and may refer you to a board-certified sleep medicine physician, if available. A dentist should not offer to treat your snoring without it being diagnosed by your physician.

My physician has diagnosed my snoring. What should I consider before purchasing a snore reducing device?

Snore reducing devices are affordable and can work when set up appropriately. However, you are on your own when it comes to setting them up and using them. Snore reducing devices, when improperly fit, can create side effects like jaw pain and dental changes. Using a snore reducing device without any supervision by a dentist can leave you at risk for harm, so please be sure to let your dentist know if you are using a snore reducing device. Also, if the snore reducing device doesn’t work, be sure to tell your physician and explore other options to be sure that your snoring is properly treated.

I have had problems with my snore reducing device. Can I complain?

You can use the FDA’s MedWatch voluntary reporting form to inform the FDA about problems you encounter with your OTC oral appliance. More general information about the FDA medical device reporting program can be found on the FDA's website.

What other options are there to help my snoring?

Your doctor can prescribe a custom-fit oral appliance that can be made by a qualified dentist. For more information about oral appliances, click here. To find a qualified dentist, click the button below. Losing weight, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and sleeping on your side can also help reduce snoring.

Updated January 13, 2020