Facts About The Snoring Chin Strap

    The snoring chin strap is one of the non-invasive, non-medication adjunct treatments for moderate to severe snoring recommended by sleep specialists including medical doctors. But before using a chin strap, patients must first know a few important facts about it – what it is, how it works, and when not to use it, among others.

    Fabric Cup with Supports

    The anti snoring chin strap is a fabric cup designed to provide firm yet gentle and elastic support to the face particularly the lower jaw. In most designs, the elastic band goes around the face from the chin to the top of the head with additional support at the back of the head. It leaves most part of the face and the head uncovered, thus, ensuring a comfortable fit, convenient wear, and easy breathing patterns.

    Think of a sling for the head. Each type of chin strap has a different configuration and number of support for the head.

    As the body progresses into a deeper state of relaxation, the muscles in the jaw area become more flaccid and the jaw begins to pull backward. The soft tissues in the upper respiratory tract also falls back and block the airways – and snoring ensues.

    Facts About The Snoring Chin StrapEmphasis must be made that moderate to severe snoring can either be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea or increase the risk for the sleep disorder. Individuals who have issues with moderate to severe snoring should consult with their doctors first before embarking on any treatment program, whether it involves an anti snore chin strap or not.

    Ways It Works

    When used properly and regularly, the chin strap reduces the intensity, frequency and duration of snoring via the following ways:

    • Supports the lower jaw and keeps it in a forward position during sleep. The soft tissues in the tongue and throat do not fall back to obstruct the airways open, thus, reducing the risks for snoring. Without the chin strap on, the lower jaw begins to assume a backwards position during sleep, which closes the airways again.
    • Keeps the mouth closed during sleep. Many snorers breathe through the mouth, which results in snoring, instead of their nasal passages.
    • Reduces the risks of soft tissues located at the neck from vibrating, which means decreased risks for snoring.

    Basically, a chin strap for snoring applies the same principles as the mandibular advancement devices (MAD) and tongue stabilizing devices (TSDs). All of these anti-snoring devices keep the jaw in forward position, tighten the soft tissues in the upper respiratory tract, and secure the tongue in place.

    But it must also be emphasized that MADs and TSDs are different from chin straps for snoring. Keep in mind that chin straps hold the jaw in its desirable forward position from the outside, thanks to the sling around the chin and straps wrapped around the head.

    The mouthpieces also hold the jaw in its forward position from the inside of the mouth. The MAD, for example, is similar to a boxer’s mouthpiece while the TSD is worn by placing the tongue inside it.

    Numerous Benefits to Enjoy

    Like all types of anti-snoring devices, the anti snore chin strap should be used regularly and property to enjoy its numerous benefits. While the especially-designed chin strap can be bought without a doctor’s prescription, interested individuals should consult with their doctors first for several reasons.

    First, the chin strap may actually worsen certain health conditions, such as bruxism (i.e., excessive grinding or clenching of the teeth). Second, the snoring may be a symptom of a serious underlying medical condition, such as obstructive sleep apnea, which should be treated with other methods (e.g., CPAP therapy) aside from the use of a snore strap.

    But when the stop snoring chin strap is used according to a sleep doctor’s recommendations, it provides for a wide range of benefits including:

    • Affordable and easy solution for mild to moderate snoring. Chin straps are cheaper than MADs and TSDs as well as easier to wear since there is no mouth-to-device fit to consider.
    • Satisfactory effectiveness in many cases. Chin straps are effective for many types of relatively healthy snorers (i.e., no allergies, trauma, and surgery in the face area). The onset of the positive results will depend on the individual’s physical condition, frequency of use of the chin strap, and underlying health issues, among other factors. Many users, however, can observe improvements within a few nights of regular use – or to be more specific, their partners in bed will notice the difference.
    • Easy to maintain. Chin straps can be washed by hand and air dried or washed and dried in the machine when it gets dirty, preferably after 3 nights of use. Unlike MADs and TSDs, these sling-style straps do not require special cleaning routines and solutions.
    • Used with dentures, braces and other oral appliances. Again, professional recommendation from either a dentist or a doctor is a must as there are cases when a snoring strap cannot be used.
    • Easy to wear. Chin straps can be worn immediately out of the box although it can also be washed before its first use. Just place the strap under the chin and around the head, as per the instructions. On the first try, adjustments must be made to ensure that the straps are neither too loose nor too tight since comfort is the key to the chin straps’ efficacy. Trial and error to achieve the right pressure is a must to achieve the full benefits of the chin strap snoring. Too loose and the jaw will move backwards during sleep, which will defeat the purpose. Too tight and the chin strap will cause discomfort, even pain in the jaw, neck and head, which will discourage regular use.
    • Bridge the gap. Chin straps can be used as an adjunct treatment method when transitioning toward a more drastic snoring treatment. For example, a patient awaiting surgery can use a chin strap to control his snoring spells until such time that the procedure provides for positive effects. This is also true for cases when doctors have yet to identify the possible causes for snoring (e.g., obstructive sleep apnea) but the snoring must be prevented since its physical and psychological effects can take their toll.

    Easy on the pockets, easy to maintain, and easy to wear yet with effective results in many cases – these are the main benefits of chin straps designed for snore prevention.

    But like all non-invasive treatments for snoring, chin straps also have their disadvantages. First, the efficacy of the outside-in approach has been compared with the inside-out technology used in MADs and TSDs. The chip strap or the web of straps that keep it in place can loosen and slip with the head movements made while sleeping, which will lessen the efficacy of the device.

    Second, the effectiveness of the chin strap depends on the strap’s overall fit, the fabric’s taut strength, and the Velcro closing tabs’ quality, among other factors. In time, these aspects will be compromised with regular use, which will lessen the efficacy of the chin strap.

    Fortunately, these disadvantages are minor in nature. When the right chin strap has been identified and then used properly, these demerits fade into the background.

    Not for Everybody

    But anti-snoring chin straps are not suitable for everybody, thus, emphasizing the importance of doctor consultation before using these products. Doctors strongly advise against using chin straps under the following circumstances:

    • Blocked nose due to allergies and infections, such as sinusitis and colds, which forces breathing through the mouth to compensate for the difficulty of breathing in through the nose. With a chin strap, the mouth remains largely closed during sleep so breathing through the mouth will be difficult. Oxygen flow into the body will be limited.
    • Sustained trauma or underwent a medical procedure in the nose that forces breathing through the mouth.
    • Bruxism, the excessive grinding or clenching of the teeth, can be worsened with the use of a chin strap. Check with a dentist first since bruxism is in itself a dental condition that requires specific treatment methods, of which a chin strap may not be included.
    • Tooth and gum problems, which a dentist should see first. While a chin strap is not necessarily out of the question, a dentist has the professional judgment to determine whether a chin strap and a tooth or gum problem can go together.
    • Unusual symptoms like vomiting, headaches, and nausea since these may be worsened by the use of chin straps. Doctor consultations are a must since these symptoms may be signs of an underlying medical condition requiring immediate medical attention.
    • Undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea, which should be identified by a sleep specialist first. Wearing a chin strap can actually contribute to low oxygen levels during sleep, which can become fatal. But the chin strap can be used with a CPAP machine under the strict supervision of a sleep specialist for best results.

    Ultimately, the snoring chin strap is a useful tool in reducing the frequency, intensity and duration of mild to moderate snoring spells. But other treatments should also be considered such as sleeping positions, lifestyle habits (e.g., no alcohol and smoking), and even medications or surgery. Ask your doctor about these treatment options.