This product is classified as a mandibular advancement device (MAD). It works by repositioning your lower jaw forward and holding it there while you sleep. Since gravity can’t pull the jaw and tongue back toward the collapsed airway it stays free of obstruction. This means that the tissues that typically touch and vibrate as air passes through can no longer do so. This design has been used successfully for many years.
However, this device is a little different than others on the market because it has Pressure Shift™ technology. This feature shifts pressure away from the lower front teeth and redistributes it to prevent aching.
Also, unlike many MADs that are stiff and hold your mouth in a stationary position, this one is flexible and allows you to open and close your mouth. This design also makes it easy to breathe through your mouth while you sleep, which is ideal for those with sinuses, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum. Below are a few other key points.
- The simplistic design reduces the chance of malfunction. There are some oral appliances that are really complex. This may seem like the answer, but those fragile elements can be lost or broken. This device is made of a pliable, soft, medical-grade material that is not going to break if you accidently drop it.
- Another benefit to the simple design is that it is easy to clean. Complex products often have a lot of crevices that can harbor bacteria and debris. A simple rub down with soapy water is all that is needed to clean the one-piece design of SnoreMender PS.
- The average lifespan is 12 to 24 months, which is significantly longer than many competing devices. This makes it a great value compared to a product that may cost the same but last half as long.
- The lower jaw portion of the mouthpiece can be adjusted by heating for a more customized fit.
A Closer Look at Adjustability
Although the lower jaw can be adjusted to reduce or increase jaw advancement, there are both advantages and disadvantages that come along with this feature.
- Even after you make adjustments the device is still easy to clean.
- Adjusting can be done in micro increments.
- Low profile design minimizes the bulkiness often offered by other appliances.
- The mouthpiece’s flexible frame is significantly more adaptive than what you would get with a rigid screw mechanism. This also prevents excessive pressure from being applied.
- Adjusting is a little more work than turning a screw or using a special tool, like what you might use with other products. However, this does eliminate the chance of these small components getting misplaced.
- Only a moderate range of adjustment is permitted, but the manufacturer does offer different strengths. So, if one does not adjust to your needs, switching to a different strength may be the answer.
About the Company
Jeremy Alan Kenyon founded Sleep Well Enjoy Life in 2007 in the United Kingdom. He received a degree in mathematics and computing, and worked in the computer and gaming industry. He gave up his career when he founded this company.
Kenyon recruited a firm of Denmark orthodontists to assist with the design. An American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine member who had more than 30 years’ experience led the design team. The presence of a seasoned industry professional onboard helped to make this product more credible.
Although the company originated in the UK, it made its way overseas to the United States in 2011. Today, the small company is still privately owned, and Kenyon is listed as both Director and Secretary. On the manufacturer’s website, it is stated that the mouthpiece has been clinically proven effective, and clinical data is available to support this claim.
My Experience with SnoreMender PS
I spent two weeks trying both the original SnoreMender and this newer PS version that was released November 2013, and this newer one definitely has many improvements. I should note that only the PS model is available on the website. I had to submit a special request to try the original. Below are some similarities and differences I have found.
- Release Date – The original mouthpiece was released in 2007. The newer version was made available to the public in November 2013. The PS stands for Pressure Shift™ technology. I’ll explain more about this shortly.
- Material Thickness – Although the material appears to be the same in both products the walls of the PS model are slightly thicker. This makes the new version feel and look like it is a higher quality product.
- Edges – The thin material of the original device dictates more abrupt edges, which equals decreased comfort. Since the material is a bit thicker on the new one, the edges are a bit more rounded, which is not as irritating to the gums.
- Hinge Tension – The PS model has significantly stronger hinges. I believe this is also a result of the material’s increased thickness. What I have found is that the manufacturer has several devices that are the same in style, but they have different hinge tensions. By default, you automatically get one with medium strength. However, there are lower and higher strengths available. The company also offers a free exchange program. So, if the tension on the medium one does not work for you, then you can try a different one that might.
- Air Holes – One of the main things lacking on the original one is air holes. There is nothing to keep your mouth open enough to allow oxygen to flow freely. This is an important feature, especially if you have sinuses, nasal polyps, or a deviated septum, and can’t breathe through your nose. The PS version has two posts on both the upper and lower trays for a total of four. This ensures that the mouthpiece stays open at least 1/8″ to allow for easy breathing.
- Unnecessary Pieces – Both trays had inner and outer walls on the original product. All the extra plastic is not necessary in a mandibular advancement device because when it is being used the lower tray is pushed outward while the upper one is pulled inward.
- Pressure Shift™ – This new feature is the biggest difference and greatest improvement between the two. The original device applied most outward pressure to the lower teeth in front, which are smaller and weaker than rear teeth. This can really stress them. With the PS model the pressure is applied to the stronger inner teeth. Also, the angle is slightly different, which takes pressure away from the top of the teeth and applies it to the base of them.
I rotated every other day between the two for 14 days. They both were effective in stopping my snoring, but there were differences in overall fit and modification.
Although both devices fit and remained in my mouth all night, the PS model was significantly more comfortable. The design considers the size of the teeth it touches, but the original one did not.
These mouthpieces are marketed as being ready-to-use right out-of-the-box, but in my experience both needed a little modification to achieve a good fit. The edges on the original model were horribly sharp. I had to use my wife’s nail file to dull them, so they wouldn’t irritate my gums. This was not a problem with the PS model. Thanks to the thicker material the edges were more rounded and soft against my gums.
However, the lower tray would not stay in my mouth on the PS model. To fix this I had to heat it for 1.5 minutes in 160-degree water to make the material soft. Then, I held it in my mouth for about 2 minutes to create a mold of my lower jaw.
Let’s Talk Price
When you order your device you have a few options to choose from:
• 1 Mouthpiece – $57 each
• 2 Mouthpieces – $49 each
• 3 Mouthpieces – $43 each
All prices include free shipping worldwide. It is actually one of the few oral appliance manufacturers that cover the cost of shipping. The company does offer a money back guarantee, but it is not as easy as just sending the device back and waiting for your card to be credited. You have to contact the manufacturer so they can troubleshoot the problem and recommend any necessary adjustments that may need to be made. If the problem is not resolved within 90 days you will receive a refund.
Pros and Cons
I had a positive experience but like all devices, this one has its share of pros and cons. To make an educated decision it is important to become familiar with both sides.
- Hinged design allows you to open and close your mouth freely.
- Air holes ensure the mouthpiece stays open all night so you can breathe through your mouth.
- Redistributes pressure to stronger teeth to alleviate the burden typically placed on the small, weak, lower teeth.
- Generous lifespan of 12 to 24 months.
- Can be adjusted by heating.
- Simplistic design is free of fragile components that can be lost or broken. This design also makes it easy to clean.
- Free shipping provided worldwide.
- Material is free of BPA, latex, silicone, and phthalates.
- Can be worn with partial dentures providing only one of the front six teeth on the lower and upper jaws is missing. It may also be able to be worn with full dentures, depending on how well they stay in the mouth during the night.
- Different hinge strengths are available upon request.
- Refund process is complicated.
- Not necessarily ready-to-use out-of-the-box, so you should be prepared to make adjustments.
- Not cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
- Will likely cause jaw soreness as you get used to wearing it.
SnoreMender PS vs. ZQuiet
SnoreMender PS and ZQuiet both use a similar hinged design to reduce or eliminate snoring. However, they have three key differences:
- The Pressure Shift™ technology in the PS model is a distinguishing characteristic that no other oral appliance has. Not even ZQuiet.
- Pricing is quite similar but since the PS device does not require that you pay shipping charges, it is about $10 cheaper than ZQuiet. Plus, you have the option of ordering packages of two or five for an even better discount. So, you can order extra for backup or for family or friends who also snore.
- This mouthpiece is said to be ready-to-use upon arrival, but there is a chance that you will need to heat the plastic to stretch and shape it for a better fit. ZQuiet does not need to be adjusted in this way, but you do have the option to trim it to help it fit better.
My Overall Thoughts
SnoreMender PS definitely has its share of both positive and negative qualities. Considering its six-year history in both the UK and USA, it is no newcomer to the industry. It is not easy to find a product that is adjustable, durable, innovative, and simple, but this oral appliance has all these attributes.
This device is compact. Its small profile is considerably less invasive than some other bulkier models. Plus, its simplistic design makes it a breeze to clean. You do not have to worry about bacteria and debris getting stuck in crevices. The fact that this mouthpiece is backed by an AADSM member and has clinical information supporting its claim helps give it credibility.
The Pressure Shift™ technology distinguishes this appliance from others on the market. Some complaints have surfaced online, but many are not exclusively directed to this product.
The discount given for purchasing multiple devices is a definite bonus. Whether you are buying for other people or just stocking up for whenever your current one need to be replaced there is a no denying this is a good deal.
Looking at the big picture, SnoreMender PS is a unique product. The price is between the mid and high range, but it falls in line with its direct competition. It has a simple yet effective design, so I recommend giving it a try.
If this device is one that has caught your eye, you may also want to consider another one I recommend called ZQuiet. It is made in the USA and cleared by the FDA. It was designed by Avery Lieberman, a dentist with more than two decades of experience in sleep medicine.Click Here to Access the Official SnoreMender 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.