At some point in our lives, about half of us will snore. However, for about 40 percent of men and 24 percent of women, habitual snoring will cause serious issues. Aside from the fact that snoring prevents sleepers from entering REM sleep, it also makes it difficult for anyone within earshot to get a good night’s rest.
While we like to help you find the right mattress for your needs, we have recently started putting a focus on helping snorers and their loved ones find the relief they need.
That’s why we purchased several of the top-rated snoring devices currently available on the market, and today, we’re going to be taking a close look at the SnoreMeds mouthpiece.
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SnoreMeds Mouthpiece Specs
BPA and latex free
Choice Of Sizes For Men And Women
45 Day Money Back Guarantee
What is SnoreMeds?
This product is a mandibular advancement device. This is a really fancy way to say it forces the bottom jaw forward to help reduce the blockage that occurs when the tongue and soft tissue relax. That’s where the telltale vibration comes from, which is what we want to keep from happening.
We aren’t doctors, but my sleep partner has obstructive sleep apnea. No mouthpiece is designed to cure or completely eliminate this condition, but they can help manage the snoring. If you suffer from this or another sleep disorder, definitely speak with your physician before you buy SnoreMeds.
About the Company
Founded in 2006 by Philippa Logan and Michelle Hall-Jones, SnoreMeds is based in Durban, South Africa. By 2008, the duo was able to expand to New Zealand, Norway, Australia, and the United States. This growth continued when, in 2010, they extended their product line to offer a smaller mouthpiece designed for women since men typically have larger jaws. While their headquarters remain in South Africa, SnoreMeds now has offices located all around the world.
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Most MADs offer some type of customization to allow the product to fit the unique shape of your mouth. In this case, we’ll be using the very popular boil and bite method. You’ll need:
- A pot to boil water
- A container large enough to submerge the device
- A timer
- Your SnoreMeds mouthpiece and the included spatula
The customization process includes six simple steps as follows:
1. Place the mouthpiece upright and insert the spatula into the holes in the front. This product is unique in that you set the lower jaw advancement when you mold, so you’re gonna want to practice moving your jaw forward before you do so.
Personally, I wasn’t much of a fan of this method because, if you don’t get it right, you have to remold, and repeating this process decreases the plastic’s integrity. In fact, for this product, you can only perform the molding process twice. However, it is effective in helping you get a fit that feels right to you while some products don’t allow for any customization in advancement. Everyone is different, but you usually want to aim for a lower jaw advancement of around three to five millimeters.
2. Boil your water and pour it into your bowl.
3. Use the spatula to place the mouthpiece in the water for 15 to 18 seconds. It will appear clear when it’s ready.
4. Standing in front of a mirror, place the mouthpiece in your mouth with the spatula, placing your lower jaw in first and then your upper jaw carefully into position.
5. Move your lower jaw forward three to five millimeters and bite down firmly. Use your fingers to press against the outside of the mouthpiece from front to back.
Use your tongue to push against the back of the mouthpiece to suck out air for a tight fit. The product will be soft and easy to mold, so don’t be scared to bite down firmly to ensure a good impression.
6. Once you’ve got your impression, place the device in cold water to set it.
Product Stopped the Snoring, but Problem with Fitting
I like that this product is very flexible, and it features a small design compared to other products out there. I found this to make it easy to fit in my mouth. However, my sleep partner has a larger jaw, and he found that it slipped out easily. I think this could be a problem for male snorers.
I was surprised because SnoreMeds has sizes for men and women, and this product is clearly marked as the Original Fit for men, so we expected it to be designed for larger jaws. You can see a side-by-side comparison of me wearing the SnoreMeds device and a comparable product and clearly see that I have a hard time keeping my mouth closed with the competitor. This same product worked much better with Michael’s jaw.
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I think the men’s option is more suitable for female snorers, although I suppose it’s possible SnoreMeds accidentally put a female device in a box intended for a male.
The good news is that, when the product was in place, it did succeed in putting a stop to Michael’s snoring, but it fell out a lot. On the other hand, I was able to keep this device in all night without a problem. In terms of comfort, Michael reported that he experienced jaw pain that was a little more intense than other products, and I suspect this could be due to the fact that it was such a tight fit for him. However, as is typically the case, your jaw does adjust to the discomfort. In Michael’s case, the pain ceased after five nights of use. The product also features two small holes on the front to facilitate mouth breathing.
Maintenance & Cleaning Tips
Of course, you want to make the most of your purchase, and this requires proper cleaning. It’s pretty easy, but it’s up to you to keep maintenance consistent. Your SnoreMeds mouthpiece can be cleaned using toothpaste, mouthwash, or denture cleaner.
The manufacturer recommends using the molding spatula as you clean. Since this device is so smooth with very few crevices, I found cleaning to be very easy. It’s best to clean it after each use and make sure you dry it completely before storing in the included anti-bacterial carrying case.
SnoreMeds Isn’t for You If…
The SnoreMeds mouthpiece isn’t for everyone. For starters, it’s not recommended for use by those who wear dentures or braces. You’ll definitely want to consult with your physician before use if you have unhealthy gums or teeth. This is also true if you have obstructive sleep apnea. In our case, Michael did talk to his doctor, and he gave us the green light, but everybody’s unique.
In terms of costs, you have a few options:
While the single pack costs $46.95, the two pack is only $66.95. Both of these options allow for a 45-day trial. While they do offer a three pack option for $94.95, there is no return option. My suggestion- start off with the single pack. If it works for you, that’s great. I think that would totally justify opting for the three pack option next time around for a 33 percent discount. For a snoring mouthpiece, the price is low, and I think it’s pretty reflective of a product that needs to be replaced every four months.
SnoreMeds Reviews and Feedback
While I did have some hangups when it came to the SnoreMeds mouthpiece, the price is low, and it did help my sleep partner stop snoring when it was in place. To sum it up, let’s break down the pros and cons of this product:
Who We Recommend the SnoreMeds Mouthpiece For
There are many options when it comes to anti-snoring mouthpieces, so it can be difficult to decide which one will be best for you. Most do offer trials, but you want to pinpoint the one that’ll be best for you sooner rather than later. So, let’s recap who the SnoreMeds mouthpiece is best suited for:
- You’re on a budget
- You enjoy the ability to customize
- You have a small jaw
- You and your sleep partner both snore and want a solution that offers discounts on the purchase of multiple devices
Our Final Verdict
At the end of the day, I think this product is an effective solution for female snorers or males with smaller jaws. Its flexibility makes it easy to use, and it does offer the ability to adjust the lower jaw advancement to meet your needs. Just make sure you take the time to figure out where that is for you before you go through the molding process, especially since you can only customize twice. While the product has a durability expectation of one year, which is pretty phenomenal considering the low price, SnoreMeds recommends you replace it every four months for hygiene purposes and for the safety of your teeth and gums. If you have a large jaw, this may or may not work for you, but you do get the 45-day trial to make that final
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