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Is it possible to choke on a snoring mouthpiece?

choking on snoring deviceThere is one question that is often asked by anyone interested in using an oral appliance to control their snoring and that question is “Can you choke on a snoring mouthpiece?”. This is, of course, an excellent question because after all, safety should always be your number one concern and the last thing that you want to do is create a bigger problem than you originally started with.

As a rational person, you are most interested in finding a safe and effective solution to your snoring problem. As far as effectiveness goes, most of the oral appliances that I have experimented with (I’ve tried well over a dozen so far) have proven to be an effective means to control my snoring and I have never come close to choking on a device nor have I ever heard of any such cases.

That being said, you should still always take precaution whenever using a mouthpiece or any snoring aid for that matter. Follow all manufactures instructions and use only as intended. Not all products are created the same and there will always be a possibility that something could go wrong, such as choking. After all, it is entirely possible for one to choke on a toothbrush, chewing gum, or food but most of us put these items in our mouths each day without thinking twice about it.

not approvedSince not all mouthguards are created equal, the best way to ensure your safety is to purchase s device that have been cleared by your local health regulatory agency such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in the US, Canada, England, and Australia respectively. These agencies are responsible for ensuring that such devices are generally safe to use. They examine each product for potential hazards including choking. Avoid illegally sold and often substandard mouthpieces by only purchasing those who have been cleared for sale by a major government regulatory agency.

Safety tips for safe use

Here are a few tips that will help to ensure that what you are putting in your mouth is not going to cause a choking hazard:

  1. monOnly buy products that have been approved by a respectable government regulatory agency such as the FDA.  Non-approved devices are most likely cheaply mass produced and are potentially hazardous.
  2. Remember to confirm that a device has actually been cleared by a regulatory agency. Do not take their word for it. A simple search only takes a few seconds and can give you peace of mind.
  3. Use only as intended and follow all of the manufacturer’s instructions exactly as printed. Do not alter the original design in any way.
  4. Avoid mouthguards which contain several pieces. Having more pieces increases the likelihood of something failing and potentially breaking off into your mouth.
  5. Do not use if you have missing teeth. Most manufacturers advise against using such a device if you have teeth that are missing.
  6. Go with a reputable company that has been in business for a number of years. There have been quite a few new sellers coming out of the woodwork lately.
  7. Read the reviews on any device that you may be interested in. A good place to start is right here at snoringmouthpieceguide.com
  8. Children should never use an OTC mouthpiece for any reason.

A few thoughts on choking hazards

There is one thing that is safe to say and that is nothing is 100% safe. By following the safety tips as outlined, you can minimize your risk of choking on a snoring mouthpiece.

My personal opinion is that agency cleared devices are safe to use and should not be a concern when used as directed.

Which mouthpiece should I buy?

The anti-snoring mouthpiece is one of the most highly effective stop snoring solutions available. With over 100 different products to choose from, deciding which one to buy can be challenging.

As a snorer and product reviewer, I have tried many of these devices and created a list of recommended devices that will help to make this decision much easier.

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