The Snoremeds mouthpiece is designed to move the jaw into a slightly forward position and to hold it there throughout the night while you sleep. This is known as a jaw retaining mouth piece.
There are quite a few anti-snoring devices similar to this one on the market today.
The whole idea behind this design is that by moving the jaw into a forward position, the airway that runs behind the soft palate at the back of the mouth will be enlarged enough to make night-time breathing easier and less turbulent; hence less snoring. At least that is the hoped for outcome!
Moving the jaw forward
In fact, snoring can be lessened or even eliminated if jaw position is the only problem. If you move your jaw forward right now you will immediately feel that this widening of the windpipe does in fact happen.
The movement of air through the windpipe is eased as well. This is all well and good while you are in an upright position but imagine for a moment what happens when you are lying down and drifting off to sleep.
What about that tongue?
All the muscles in your body are relaxing and so is that big muscle in your mouth that ends in your tongue. What happens when this big muscle relaxes?
The tongue automatically slips backwards and places extra pressure on that soft palate we mentioned earlier and when this happens what is the result?
The soft palate collapses into the windpipe making it narrower and the subsequent increased air pressure causes all sorts of tissue flapping and, you guessed it, snoring erupts!
Sometimes simply repositioning the jaw just won’t do the trick. In fact it turns out the most common cause of snoring is tongue position during sleep.
The Snoremeds is another one of the boil and bite mouthpieces. It is made of a hypoallergenic thermoplastic that softens up when placed into hot water which has just dropped off of the boiling point.
The mouthpiece takes the shape of the upper and lower teeth once softened and placed inside the mouth. It’s not a difficult process but there are a few places where things could go wrong:
- Timing is of the essence and care must be taken to watch the timer closely. A few seconds off the proper count and the mouthpiece may not properly take the shape of your teeth.
- The thermoplastic is hot so a spatula is provided for proper handling and placement. Be careful how you handle the transfer from boiling hot water to your sensitive mouth!
- It’s up to you to figure out how far forward to move your lower jaw once the softened mouthpiece is in place. If you are too timid then jaw repositioning will not be enough to make any real difference to airflow through your windpipe. If you are too aggressive with thrusting your jaw forward then the repositioning will be too much and you could end up with one very sore jaw in the morning!
Luckily the Snoremeds mouthpiece can go through this boil and bite fitting process twice, so if at first you don’t succeed then simply try again.
This is not a pricey item. A single mouthpiece will set you back an easy $40.90 or for a double pack $50.90. If you decide this is the mouthpiece for you then the Snoremeds also comes in a four-pack for $70.90.
The fact that you can buy multiples is a definite plus as this mouthpiece will need to be replaced every four months. Because the device needs to hold the lower jaw forward all night, it eventually softens up and loses its ability to resist the incredible pressure that comes from your strong jaw muscles.
The lower price of the Snoremeds oral device makes it attractive for those who want to treat their snoring problem by simply repositioning their jaw.
Just don’t forget about the whole relaxed tongue issue. As well the imprecise nature of the fitting process, when it comes to repositioning of the jaw, makes the Snoremeds a bit of a gamble as a snoring solution.
The savings you make by choosing this lower priced mouthpiece might turn out to be zero if the mouthpiece doesn’t work to lessen, if not end, your snoring problem.Click Here to Access the Official Snoremeds Website
Which device should I choose?
No one can answer this question for you. Your mouth and needs are unique, so one that I love or that your neighbor swears by may not be the best solution for you.
There are numerous products available to choose from, so if you are feeling overwhelmed this is perfectly normal. I have written several reviews on products I have personally tried and you can always use the chart I compiled for comparison purposes.