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 one. 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’ve 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?

Losing weight, avoiding alcohol and smoking, and sleeping on your side can help to reduce snoring in some cases. But sometimes these adjustments aren’t enough, and at times, they’re not the cause of snoring to begin with. In these cases, your doctor can prescribe a custom-fit oral appliance that can be made by a qualified dentist.

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