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