Snoring is more than an annoying sleep habit. Aside from the fact that it can hinder you from entering the most restorative sleep stages, it can even pose health risks. If you or your sleep partner suffers from snoring, you no longer have to consult with a doctor to acquire a prescription for medical devices like CPAP machines. There are tons of products on the market that you can buy online.
We recently tried out the SnoreTek anti-snoring chin strap. As the sleep partner of someone who suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, I can attest to missing out on hours of restful sleep and being annoyed by unnecessary sleep interruptions due to snoring to the point of often having to go to sleep in another room. SnoreTek is touted as offering multiple functions including stopping snoring, helping keep mouthpieces in place, and even reducing bloating.
Although we know what we’re talking about when it comes to anti-snoring mouthpieces, we’re not doctors. However, we’ve definitely done our research and tried this product out for ourselves, so let’s examine the results we experienced with this product and help you decide if it would be a good fit for you.
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SnoreTek Anti-Snoring Chin Strap Specs Sheet
- Can use with dentures
- No off-gassing
- Comfortable to wear
How SnoreTek’s Design Stops Snoring
SnoreTek is an adjustable product that works to keep your lower jaw from falling open as you sleep. Since your muscles relax when sleep sets in, this can cause the tongue and soft tissue to fall backward and block the airway. SnoreTek works to keep the jaw held shut to keep this from happening, thus reducing or, ideally, eliminating the vibrations we perceive as snoring.
How to Wear Your SnoreTek Chin Strap
When you get your product, it’s pretty simple to use. You’ll receive a small box which includes your chin strap and a mesh case. All you have to do is put the device on. This product is designed using Velcro to help you customize the fit. You put it on in two simple steps:
- Place the strap under your chin and position the cutouts around your ears
- Fasten the Velcro at the top of your head
It’s pretty straightforward. I’m happy to report that this product stayed in place very well throughout the night. With other chin straps we’ve tried, we’ve found they can be prone to slipping off.
Does SnoreTek Stop Snoring?
As far as stopping snoring, my sleep partner’s snoring episodes were reduced, but not completely eliminated. I think this could be partially due to the fact that he usually naturally sleeps with his mouth closed. He responds very well to mandibular advancement devices that work to move your jaw forward rather than upward. (You can read more about how different types of anti-snoring products work in this informative article.) However, a problem he’s had with various mouthpieces is that they sometimes slip out.
When mouthpieces are used in conjunction with the SnoreTek chin strap, we found the combination to be highly effective. Not only did his snoring cease, but we didn’t have to worry about it starting back up in the middle of the night when the mouthpiece would fall out.
Worth a Try for Mouth-Breathing Snorers
If you’re a snorer and tend to breathe through your mouth, there’s a good chance the reason for your snoring stems from the loss of structural support your soft tissue and tongue experience when the muscles relax. For many people, simply keeping the mouth closed is enough to keep snoring at bay. In the case of my sleep partner, he experiences blockage of the airway whether or not his mouth is open, and this is why MADs tend to help as they go the extra mile in keeping the jaw held forward.
It’s worth noting that, if you’re not sure what level of support your jaw needs, chin straps are more comfortable, and they seem to be designed with the light snorer in mind. If you don’t feel your snoring is a significant problem or just want to work your way up the totem pole in terms of invasiveness, chin straps are a great place to start.
Highly-Elastic Materials Used for Comfort
You want to be comfortable in bed, and SnoreTek made getting to sleep easy. It’s made of neoprene material that’s highly elastic, and this makes it really easy to fit. The ear cutouts are very generic and were accommodating for me and my sleep partner. His head is quite a bit bigger than mine, so I think this shows how well it is at accommodating snorers of all shapes and sizes.
Because you can adjust the tightness of the Velcro, I found the minimal discomfort that’s commonly associated with anti-snoring chin straps not to last any longer than a couple days.
While it was very comfortable, I did have a problem with the smell as it does have a strong chemical odor. We tried a similar product that was quite a bit more expensive. Functionally, they worked about the same, although I think SnoreTek was a little more comfortable. However, I think the main difference was the quality of materials as the more expensive product didn’t have the smell.
Not for Mouth-Breathing… How This Could be a Good Thing
Generally speaking, anti-snoring chin straps don’t carry FDA approval, but since you don’t wear it in your mouth and it’s minimally invasive, this wasn’t something that really concerned me or my sleep partner.
SnoreTek hasn’t undergone any type of clinical testing. However, similar products have positive results in reducing or eliminating snoring. Some studies have even shown unexpected positive results through the use of chin strap devices like reducing blood pressure.
While it didn’t cause any significant pain, I think it could be a little annoying for people who are used to mouth breathing. However, since there are benefits to nasal breathing, I think chin straps could be a great consideration for those who wish to wean themselves off nocturnal mouth breathing whether or not they snore. You don’t need a doctor’s prescription to buy, and I think it could be a great product to try for anyone who snores while breathing with their mouth open.
A Few Words of Warning
While most people can at least try an anti-snoring chin strap to see if it will work for them, there are a few things to consider before you buy. For starters, these devices should not be used by anyone who suffers from:
- Central sleep apnea
- Severe respiratory disorders
If you have or suspect you may have any form of obstructive sleep apnea, it’s always best to consult with your healthcare provider before you use any anti-snoring device. In our case, my sleep partner’s doctor gave us the green light. Furthermore, you’ll want to make an appointment with your dentist to consult if you have issues like loose teeth, advanced periodontal disease, or jaw joint pain.
If at any time you experience the following symptoms while using your SnoreTek chin strap, you should stop using it and talk to your doctor:
- TMJ pain
- Gum irritation
- Bite problems
- Central sleep apnea
- Loose teeth
SnoreTek suggests you wash the product before you use it, but I could still smell it after the first wash. My sleep partner and I have been using this device for over a week, and you can still detect a slight odor. Furthermore, I am concerned that the Velcro will wear out over time. To ensure it lasts as long as possible, I’d suggest trying to keep the Velcro in place when you put it on and take it off.
SnoreTek is on the lower end of the spectrum when it comes to cost. You can purchase yours for $38.90. This cost covers one snoring chin strap and a small carrying case to make it easy to store and take with you when you travel. Since it includes the Velcro strap, there is only one size.
My Snoring Solutions Reviews and Feedback
Even though SnoreTek didn’t completely eliminate my sleep partner’s snoring, it did reduce it, and we found it to work very well in conjunction with anti-snoring mouthpieces in terms of ensuring they don’t slip out. I think this is a great consideration for anyone who snores with their mouth open or is new to anti-snoring products and wants to see if the cheaper, less-invasive options will prove effective.
Of course, the information shared here is largely based solely on our experience, and everyone is different. I took a moment to see what other customers had to say about how SnoreTek worked for them:
Who We Recommend the Air Snore Mouthpiece For
With some anti-snoring products, it can take some time to determine whether or not it will prove effective in putting a stop to snoring. However, you’re typically going to know after the first use if a chin strap is a right solution for you. That’s why I think SnoreTek’s 90-day trial period offers more than enough time for you to figure out if it was an effective purchase. This allows you to see how it’ll work for you in varying conditions.
We’ve spent quite a bit of time not only trying out anti-snoring mouthpieces but also researching how they work. It seems that, if you’re snoring isn’t eliminated with chin straps, MADs are necessary. If you are a light snorer, you may find the relief you need in the SnoreTek chin strap. I think it’s a great idea to try out first before you invest in the more invasive products on the market. It may also be a good pick if:
- You struggle with your mouthpiece falling out at night
- You don’t want to have to wear something in your mouth while you sleep
- You snore with your mouth open
- You’re on a budget
- You appreciate a generous trial period to see if it will work for you