A mandibular anti-snoring device with holes - which one is better?
There are two kinds of over-the-counter mandibular devices. Those without holes. And those with holes. They both effectively perform the same function - they work as a splint by positioning and holding the lower jaw slightly forward during sleep. By doing this, the respiratory tract is widened, which enables air to flow unobstructed through the breathing passage, allowing the patient to breathe more freely and stop snoring.
The choice of mouthpiece is a personal preference. The device with holes aids the patient who suffers from a degree of claustrophobia and although these are not adequate breathing holes they offer a degree of comfort. It has also been said that a mandibular device with emergency holes allows the snorer to swallow effectively, so there is minimum spit build up.