Introducing Mouth Shield: A Solution for Enhanced Nasal Breathing

Are you tired of waking up with a dry mouth or struggling with disruptive snoring at night? Say hello to Mouth Shield, the innovative new product designed to keep your mouth closed during sleep, promoting healthier nasal breathing patterns and potentially improving sleep quality.

Crafted from 100% medical-grade silicone, Mouth Shield is a comfortable and durable solution for those seeking to optimize their breathing habits during sleep. Unlike traditional mouth-taping options, Mouth Shield offers a gentle way to keep your mouth closed without the hassle or discomfort caused by some types of mouth taping materials.

Why is nasal breathing so crucial for sleep and overall health?

Nasal breathing helps filter and humidify the air we breathe, reducing the risk of respiratory infections and enhancing oxygen uptake. Moreover, maintaining proper nasal breathing can aid in treating sleep breathing disorders such as primary snoring and sleep apnea and complementing therapies like CPAP or oral appliance therapy. More details of the importance of nasal breathing will be reviewed in an upcoming article.

But how does Mouth Shield fare in real-world usage?

User reviews vary, with some reporting positive results and others experiencing difficulty keeping the device in place. In my own experience, Mouth Shield helped improve my nasal breathing. I found it very comfortable in my mouth while easily promoting nasal breathing. On the other hand, my husband struggled to keep the Mouth Shield secure with and without an oral appliance inserted. In both circumstances, the mouth Shield would not stay securely inserted and dislodged for him.

Feedback from others in my circle has been mixed, with approximately half reporting positive outcomes and the other half encountering challenges with device stability. It’s clear that individual experiences may vary, and finding the right solution may require some trial and error. As I get more feedback, I will update this article.

I have not come across any specific research on Mouth Shield retention, but I personally feel that a person that has either a large ‘overbite’ or ‘underbite’ teeth alignment patterns might have a harder time keeping the device inserted. But, I look forward to seeing others’ personal feedback on the Mouth Shield.

Before trying any product to address mouth breathing during sleep, it’s essential to consult with a physician knowledgeable in sleep health. Additionally, I recommend reading my article, “Can mouth tape help improve snoring and apnea treatment?” for important insights and considerations.

Cleaning the Mouth Shield

The Mouth Shield can be easily cleaned with with mild soap and water after each use. It should be dried and stored in a dry location.

Using the Mouth Shield

It may take a couple of weeks to get used to the Mouth Shield, and the more you wear it, the more comfortable it becomes, as with most oral retainers. Also, as with all dental and mouth retainers, you may have increased saliva flow/ drooling early on. This is a natural body response to a “foreign” new device in the mouth and should taper down after a couple of weeks of use.

Additionally, as with other dental retainers, it is common for the user to inadvertently unknowingly remove the device during sleep.  This usually stops over time and is the body’s response to a “foreign object”.

Visit Dr. Sosenko’s Intagram post of her giving a demo of the Mouth Shield.

Fit Issues of the Mouth Shield

Trimming the Mouth Shield: It is not recommended to trim the device until you have tried wearing it for approximately one week. The company states that most users will not find it necessary to trim the shield. If discomfort continues and you would like to trim the shield, it is recommended to trim only along the center of the groove of the device. The pamphlet that comes with the device has additional instructions on trimming the Mouth Shield if needed.

Where to get the Mouth Shield? Any Warranty?

Interested in trying Mouth Shield? You can order directly from https://www.mouthshield.com/ for around $60. Keep in mind that the product comes with a one-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects. It is non-returnable if it doesn’t feel comfortable, nor if it doesn’t work for you.

Advantages of the Mouth Shield

Advantages of the Mouth Shield include avoiding chin strap lines and skin irritations commonly associated with traditional mouth tape usage. Other advantages are that if the Mouth Shield is effective, resultant nasal breathing can have the positive effects mentioned above.

In conclusion, Mouth Shield offers a promising solution for those seeking to enhance their nasal breathing and achieve a more restful night’s sleep. While results may vary, it’s worth exploring this innovative product to discover its potential benefits for your sleep health.

Medical and Dental Sleep Professionals:

I contacted the Mouth Shield company and was able to receive a sample to try. If they extend this courtesy to you, this may give you the opportunity to personally try this device and experience the comfort and benefits. The Sleep Shield may offer your patients another ‘tool’ in their sleep and breathing journey.

Additional Resources:

  1. Mouth Closing to Improve the Efficacy of Mandibular Advancement Devices in Sleep Apnea
  2. Effect of improved nasal breathing on obstructive sleep apnea (2016)
  1. The Impact of Mouth-Taping in Mouth-Breathers with Mild Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Preliminary Study  2022
  1. Systematic review: the influence of nasal obstruction on sleep apnea (2016)
  1. Better Quality of Life When Nasal Breathing of Snoring Men Is Improved at Night (1999)
  2. The effect of nasal and oral breathing on airway collapsibility in patients with obstructive sleep apnea: Computational fluid dynamics analyses (2022)

This article is general in nature and for educational purposes only. Please consult with your sleep health provider before starting any treatment option for snoring and apnea.