The first time I saw ZYPPAH I was intrigued by its design. It looks unlike any other anti-snoring mouthpiece on the market. This does not only include its unique design either. The device’s vibrant green and black color scheme makes it quite fashionable.
Of course, as my wife tells me, “Fashionable is not always functional.” Still, the neon green was drawing me in like a magnetic force. Once I got past the fun coloring I realized that this mouthpiece is a pioneer in the industry. It actually stops snoring using two solutions rather than just one.
So, it advances your lower jaw like a traditional mandibular advancement device (MAD), but also supports the tongue with a stabilizing strap. This makes it different than any other mouthpiece on the market.
Getting Acquainted with ZYPPAH
This mouthpiece is classified as a hybrid oral appliance because it takes qualities of MADs and TSDs, and combines them in one product. It is FDA-cleared, make in the USA, and self-molded using the boil-and-bite technique you may already be familiar with, if you have worn MADs before.
It stops snoring using two methods. First, it advances your lower jaw just like other device. This stops your jaw from falling back toward your throat when you fall asleep. As long as the jaw is held forward the airway can remain free of obstruction. Plus, this prevents the tissues from getting too close in the collapsible airway. It is the vibration of these touching tissues that causes the snoring sound.
Now, this oral appliance goes one step further and also stabilizes the tongue. It features a patent-pending band that stabilizes the tongue. The tongue is the main culprit behind snoring. Just as gravity pulls your jaw backward, it has the same effect on your tongue. This is why you probably snore your loudest when you sleep on your back. Your tongue is able to cause a significant obstruction.
I should also mention that there are two types of these appliances available. The first is the over-the-counter one that I have tried personally and the other is prescribed. There are actually three different prescription appliances available, but you have to be custom-fitted at one of the Snore No More facilities in California to have one.
It Looks Confusing: How Practical is the Design?
Although it looks attractive, it also looks like a pain to wear. It definitely does not resemble other devices on the market. Some may go so far to say the design looks a bit like a torture device. Well, it is definitely not torture to wear it, but it can take some getting used to. You should expect some jaw soreness for about a week.
Those who have sensitive gag reflex may look at this appliance and assume it will trigger it, but you will likely be quite impressed, if you try it. The elastic band really has been thoughtfully positioned, so it does not trigger the reflex in most users.
As mentioned, this device uses boil-and-bite technology. This allows you to mold it to the contours of your mouth for a custom fit. The process of doing this is really simple, and I will explain the easiest way below. As for adjustability, this appliance does not allow you to make adjustments to the lower jaw positioning.
Achieving a Custom Fit
This oral appliance may look unusual but the molding process is just like any other MAD that uses the boil-and-bite technique. All you will need is a pot, two small bowls or mugs, tongs, and a stopwatch or timer app on your phone.
Before beginning it is a good idea to rinse it off under warm water and insert it in your mouth. This will allow you to get a feel for it before you bite into pliable material during the fitting process.
- Bring a pot of water to a boil.
- While waiting for the water to boil fill one of the mugs with ice water and set it aside.
- When the water boils, transfer it to a bowl or a mug. This will eliminate the chance of touching the device to the side or bottom of the hot pot.
- Use a pair of tongs to submerge the appliance in the hot water for 60 seconds.
- Remove it and allow it to cool a few seconds. It will be soft and sticky, so handle it by the hard plastic or rubber strap.
- Make sure you have the device facing the right way. The word “Zyppah” is printed on the lower tray.
- Place the device in your mouth by beginning with your lower teeth first. They should connect with the point where the green thermoplastic touches the hard black plastic. When your teeth are in the right position extend your jaw forward. Before biting down make sure the upper teeth also rests against the inside of the hard plastic.
- Bite down and hold this position for a full minute.
- Remove the device slowly and place it in the ice water. This will speed up the hardening process.
- Once it is cool, check the fit. If you are not happy, repeat the process again.
Putting it to the Test
Before I even received my mouthpiece in the mail I was skeptical of it. The same tongue stabilizing strap that had me so intrigued also had me doubting just how effective this thing could possibly be. After all, I had tried other TSDs that hold your tongue forward.
Good Morning Snore Solution (GMSS) is a prime example. However, they all hold the tip of your tongue using suction, so I had my doubts about a soft strap holding my tongue down instead of forward would actually work.
I ordered my device and received it within three days. The packaging was as attractive as the unit itself. It actually made me feel like I was opening a present, even though I had paid for it. I immediately read the short but thorough instruction manual and began the fitting process.
I should mention that although I had done the boil-and-bite technology countless times in the past without a mirror, I did need one for this mouthpiece to make sure my teeth were lined up properly.
The first night I put it in at bedtime it definitely felt different because of the tongue strap. However, I instantly noticed how slim the overall profile was. It felt much less invasive than some other bulkier devices I had previously tried. I also noticed how easy it was to breathe through the air hole at the front.
In the morning the first thing I did when I shut off the alarm was ask my wife if I snored. She said that I didn’t at all, and she was up for a while reading after I fell asleep. I did feel well-rested, but my jaw was sore. Within a couple hours the soreness went away.
For the full seven-day trial ZYPPAH did stop my snoring, so it is effective. The soreness I had initially experienced ceased around day four as my mouth had gotten used to it.
When this anti-snoring mouthpiece was first released it cost $123. It is a little more affordable today, as it is listed at $89,95. Shipping and processing is a flat fee of $9.95.
If you prefer to try it before you buy it then you can order it for free, and pay only shipping and processing. This gives you 90 days to try it risk free before your credit card is charged.
About the Founder
This oral appliance was designed by Dr. Jonathan Greenburg. He had more than three decades of experience in dentistry prior to creating this device. Plus, as an undergraduate student he had also studied bioengineering. Greenburg spent 10 years studying snoring and sleep apnea.
He discovered that he could eliminate snoring in his patients by addressing the airway blockage caused by a relaxed tongue. Today he has five Snore No More facilities in California in Beverly Hills, Encino, Pasadena, Newport Beach, and Valencia. These centers focus on sleep apnea, snoring, and CPAP intolerance.
Does ZYPPAH Treat Sleep Apnea?
You may hear or read that this device is used to treat sleep apnea, so I feel that is important to clarify this. The one that you buy without a prescription online is not marketed as a sleep apnea solution. It is designed to eliminate or reduce snoring, but not address any underlying condition you might have.
If you have sleep apnea or any other type of sleep disorder it is always recommended to speak with your physician before wearing any mouthpiece. If you carefully read through the manufacturer’s website you will see that sleep apnea is never mentioned.
Pros and Cons
I had a positive experience with this product, but as with all mouthpieces, this one does have its share of pros and cons you need to be aware of.
- Designed by an experienced dentist with a background in bioengineering.
- Gently pulls your jaw forward and also stabilizes the tongue to keep the airway free of obstruction.
- Airflow hole in front allows you to breathe freely.
- Boil-and-bite method lets you achieve a custom fit.
- 90-day trial promotion lets you pay only shipping and processing to try the device for 90 days.
- Made in the USA.
- Cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
- Accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
- Thermoplastic material is BPA-free.
- Slim profile is comfortable to wear.
- Satisfactory lifespan of six to nine months.
- Easy-to-clean with soap and water.
- Like most mouthpieces it will likely cause jaw soreness for a few days.
- Although it simply gets cleaned with soap and water, it is suggested to also be cleaned with denture tabs once a week. This will need to be figured into your budget.
- Not recommended for individuals with dentures, caps, crowns, or loose teeth.
- May cause drooling at first.
Many people who tried this oral appliance were as skeptical as me because of the design. However, most reviews state that the device was comfortable to wear and did stop their snoring.
Like all MADs there are complaints of jaw soreness, which is to be expected while your mouth gets used to wearing it. There are also some that have said the product broke within the trial period. Some also say the lifespan is not as long if you grind your teeth.
Released in June 2012, ZYPPAH is new to the mouthpiece industry, but has quickly grown in popularity. It was designed by an experienced dentist with a background in bioengineering and a strong focus on sleep apnea and snoring.
This mouthpiece has been proven effective in eliminating snoring by using tongue stabilization and mandibular repositioning. Compared to some other devices on the market it is significantly more comfortable thanks to its low profile design. It is constructed of BPA-free, silicone-like material that is soft and nonirritating.
Although its unique design does put it in a league of its own, this device is pricier than some other similar products. However, when you consider the research and development costs that go into designing a revolutionary concept, and factor in promotional expenses you see where the extra expense comes from. In case you did not already figure it out, Zyppah spelled backwards reads “Happy Z.” Of course, “Z” refers to sleep.
The design of this appliance is good, but it could be improved if you were given the power to adjust the jaw positioning. The moderately high price may deter some people away, but the unique tongue strap is a strong selling point. When I take all factors into consideration, including my research and personal experience, I give this anti-snoring mouthpiece my recommendation.
There are also several other devices in this price range that are backed by medical professionals and just as effective. Good Morning Sleep Solution is one. It was designed by a Canadian dentist who wanted to create a mouthpiece that would address the problems associated with traditional oral appliances, such as ZYPPAH.
GMSS holds your tongue stationary, but leaves your mouth free from plastic. It actually sits between your outer teeth and lips and can be used by denture wearers.Click Here to Access the Official ZYPPAH 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.