Okay, I posted this on the pacifier group page a few days ago, but I thought perhaps their are others who are not part of this group that could provide some input. Please share your thoughts.
I have been doing a bit of research as of late, and found some interesting benefits of pacifiers. One thing that is of interest is the fact that some claim that pacifiers seem to help stop snoring. There have been a few posts on adisc about this, with mixed results. There are also other professionally completed studies that have shown the use of adult pacifiers as effective in controlling snoring.
Another interesting concept is that pacifiers are recommended for infants and there are a number of studies that show that pacifiers can possibly help prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) in infants. This intrigues me as to the reasons why. One connection I wonder about is the potential benefits from using a pacifier if you have sleep apnea. There are different causes for sleep apnea, but obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the tongue and other muscles toward the back of the mouth and throat relaxing and slipping backwards cutting off the supply of air to the lungs. One of the treatments for this is various oral appliances that hold the teeth and tongue towards the front of the mouth. This does not seem unlike the response when sucking on a pacifier.
If pacifiers have been proven to help relieve snoring, could it be possible that there are other benefits --such as preventing sleep apnea? There is not any present research that I could find on this topic, but it is an interesting thought.
If anybody has any comments on this, or other potential benefits of pacifiers (other than the wonderful sensation of using them) I would appreciate your thoughts.