If you are in a market for a tongue stabilizing device (TSD) then you may already know that the two most popular ones are aveoTSD and Good Morning Snore Solution (GMSS).
You may also know that if you live in America or several other countries, aveoTSD is only available with a prescription, but GMSS can be ordered without one. So, you are probably wondering what the differences and similarities are between the two.
If you are newly being introduced to the term “TSD” then you likely have many more questions. Chances are good that you have heard of using a mandibular advancement device (MAD) to stop snoring, but the concept of a TSD is all new to you. Although MADs have long been the common snoring solution to turn to, TSDs have exploded in popularity in recent years.
What Exactly Are TSDs?
Tongue stabilizing devices are designed to hold the tongue in a forward position. This prevents it from falling back toward the airway when you drift away to sleep. Additionally, by holding the tongue in this position, muscles around the airway are tightened, which widens the airway.
How tongue retaining device works (click to enlarge)
These devices feature a bulb that generally rests either between the outer teeth and inner lips or on the outside of the lips. The bulb is squeezed to create suction and the tongue is inserted inside. So, there is nothing that actually sits inside the mouth, like an MAD.
With a mandibular advancement device you have to get used to the sensation of the mouth guard being between the upper and lower teeth. These devices work by holding the jaw forward rather than the tongue. They both tighten muscles and widen the airway.
If you are used to wearing an MAD it will probably take a few days to get used to a TSD. They are pretty comfortable to wear, but most users do experience mild tongue soreness for three to five days.
Currently, aveoTSD and GMSS are the two most popular TSDs in the industry. Both have undergone clinical tests and have been proven effective to treat snoring, as well as some mild cases of sleep apnea.
Similarities and Differences
Although they are both TSDs they are very unique products. They do share some similarities, but they also have distinguishing differences.
- Both are one-size-fits-all. You do not need to perform any type of process to custom mold them. You just squeeze the tip and allow your tongue to be drawn into the bulb by the suction.
- Both are free of small crevices that tend to harbor bacteria and food particles. To clean them you simply use denture cleaning tablets that are readily available at your local pharmacy.
- Both are made from soft, flexible, and safe silicone material that is comfortable to wear and nonirritating to the gums.
- Both have been proven effective as a snoring solution in clinical tests.
- Both are lightweight and compact, making them easy to store, handle, and travel with.
- Both have a life expectancy of at least 12 months.
- Both allow you to control snoring without dealing with an invasive product in your mouth.
- GMSS retails for about $100, while aveoTSD is $140.
- aveoTSD does not come with any type of guarantee. GMSS is backed by a 30-day money back guarantee, making it risk-free to try.
- The sleeve that holds the tongue is shorter on GMSS and longer on the other.
- aveoTSD’s suction bulb is larger and wider.
- The tongue retaining tabs on GMSS are positioned horizontally. On aveoTSD these tabs are in a vertical position.
- The silicone material is considerably thicker on aveoTSD compared to the other.
Which One is Right for You?
Both of these TSDs are fantastic snoring solutions. Finding happy users for these products is not hard to do as both have a ton of positive reviews from people around the world.
They are constructed of the same material and they both function the same way. Plus, both devices are easy to clean and comfortable to wear. So, how are you supposed to decide which one to try?
Well, availability is the first thing that you need to consider. Depending on where you live aveoTSD may only be available to you via prescription, so you will need a dentist appointment and follow up visits.
The United States is just one of the many restricted countries that cannot order the product without a prescription. GMSS can easily be ordered online without a prescription from countless countries, including the United States, Canada, and United Kingdom.
I have tried both devices and found them to be effective and comfortable. Although aveoTSD is noticeably thicker, it did not feel it compromised the comfort level in any way.
The two advantages that GMSS has are it is $40 less expensive and it comes with a 30-day risk-free guarantee. For these reasons I prefer GMSS and it happens to be the device that my wife and I both use regularly.
Read my reviews of these devices:
Detailed Review of Good Morning Snore Solution Mouthpiece
aveoTSD Review: Should this Be On Your List?
An Important Note About Sleep Apnea
I did mention that TSDs are used in some cases of mild sleep apnea. However, I need to also note that you should not self-treat sleep apnea using a product you ordered online.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea and want to treat the condition using a TSD, it is important that you speak to your physician about it first. Sleep apnea can lead to stroke and high blood pressure, and should be treated like the potentially dangerous condition that it is.