Since 1999, snorers have been using SnoreMate with a success rate of 80 percent. This anti-snoring mouthpiece is classified as a mandibular advancement device (MAD), so it works by holding your lower jaw forward just past your upper jaw. As a result your airway stays clear of obstruction. This anti-snoring method has been used successfully for more than two decades.
A Closer Look
As soon as you see SnoreMate you will notice that it looks quite similar to mouthguards commonly worn by athletes. It is made from a thermoplastic material that you mold by heating to achieve a custom fit. Once molded, this one-size product will fit nicely around your gum line and over your teeth.
This mouthpiece has a simplistic design, so cleaning is easy and you do not have to worry about bacteria and debris getting lodged in crevices. However, you will need to clean it daily, as you would any oral appliance.
If you are familiar with other MADs, then you will notice that this one does not have an air hole. This manufacturer made the product without one because it said that air holes can have side effects, such as noise issues and airway dryness. This may be fine if you only breathe through your nose while you sleep, but if you have sinus issues, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum and have to breathe through your mouth then this product would not be recommended for you.
Like all MADs, it is not recommended for children because jaw and teeth development can be compromised. SnoreMate is also not suitable for those with dentures, crowns, bridge work, braces, or gum, jaw, or teeth issues.
Molding is Easy
This device is molded using the boil-and-bite method. All you will need is a pot and two small bowls.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. While you are doing this, fill one bowl with ice water.
- Remove boiling water from heat and pour enough into bowl that you will be able to completely submerge the device.
- Hold the tab and lower the mouthpiece into the water for 12 seconds. This will soften the material.
- Insert into your mouth while your jaw is in a forward position.
- As you bite down, suck out the air. You can press against the inside with your tongue and use your finger to push against your cheeks and lips to mold from the outside.
- Remove and place in a bowl of ice water to speed up the hardening process.
- Insert the device and make sure you are satisfied with the fit.
It is recommended to not remove the tab until you have worn it a full night. This way, if you decide the fit is not right and you need to repeat the process you still have the tab to hold onto.
How Effective is It?
As mentioned, the manufacturer of this device claims to have an 80 percent effectiveness rate. This is actually quite realistic. Far too often we see products claiming to have 95 or 99 percent customer satisfaction rate.
What they do not tell you is that this is generally based on the number of returns they get. In all fairness, not every unsatisfied customer is going to take the time to mail the product back.
So, it is important to keep this in mind when you see those overly impressive statistics. I respect the fact that SnoreMate claims 80 percent. It is important that you have realistic expectations though. It may not work for you, if your snoring problem is severe, but it is backed by a 30-day money back guarantee.
How Much Does it Cost?
This anti-snoring mouthpiece is priced well below many comparable products. You can order one for $36.99 or you can buy two for $44.99. Obviously, buying two is a better deal because it works out to $22.50 per unit. Either way, there are no shipping charges.
Let’s Talk About the Lifespan
In a perfect world mouthpieces would last forever. Well, even prescription products need to be replaced at some point. Ideally, you will use an appliance that is made of material that is soft enough to be comfortable but durable enough to have a decent lifespan.
Unfortunately, this device does fall a little short, when it comes to lifespan. The manufacturer suggests replacing your device every three to four months. Once it stretches out, your lower jaw will be permitted to move and you will start snoring again.
Pros and Cons
Every anti-snoring mouthpiece has its share of pros and cons. It is important to become familiar with both when making your decision.
• Made of soft thermoplastic material that is comfortable to wear.
• When you purchase two you pay only $22.50 per unit and shipping is free.
• Comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
• Can be used to prevent teeth grinding.
• Easily molded right at home for a custom fit.
• Suggested to be 80 percent effective in preventing snoring.
• No air hole means that it cannot be worn by those who breathe through their mouth.
• Not suitable to wear with dentures, caps, crowns, or bridgework.
• Life expectancy is only three to four months.
• Manufacturer does not state that it is BPA-free or FDA-cleared.
• Will likely cause jaw soreness and drooling for a few days.
What Others Have to Say
Most agree that this oral appliance does indeed prevent snoring. However, there are also some who say the product did not stop their snoring. Similar to other MADs there are complaints of jaw soreness and drooling. Some also say their teeth were sore.
My Overall Thoughts
When compared to other manufacturers this is one of the most honest ones, in terms of effectiveness claims. Although this may deter some customers, it also helps people to have more realistic expectations.
The lifespan of this product is quite short, so you will definitely want to order two with the sale price, since you will go through them faster. If you are a mouth breather, unfortunately this device will not work for you. You need to be able to breathe freely out of your nose since this device does not have an air hole.
If you are a mild to moderate snorer you might want to consider this budget-friendly option and upgrade to a higher quality one in the future.
One product that I recommend is ZQuiet. It costs a little more, but it is also a much higher quality product, and has a longer lifespan, making it a better value. ZQuiet is made of non-irritating material, and its streamlined design is quite comfortable in your mouth. It comes ready-to-use, so no fitting process is required.
When you wear ZQuiet you can breathe through your mouth, talk and sip liquids, thanks to its Living Hinge Technology™. It costs $59.95, but you can try it first for 30 days to see if it works for you, and you only pay $9.95 shipping upfront. I found ZQuiet to be effective and comfortable in my personal experience.Click Here to Access the Official SnoreMate 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.