If you visit Ripsnore's site, you see a few claims that make the device appear to be a lot more attractive than it should be. I have to admit, I was excited by what I was reading until I did a little digging. I have to say that I was not impressed with what I found.
A+ Rating with Better Business Bureau
Right on the homepage you see "BBB Accredited" along with an "A+" rating. It's funny that if you click on the site it redirects you back to the Ripsnore site. Coincidence? Not hardly! When you go the BBB site, you find that there is no information about the company. So, although there may not be a ton of complaints to be leery of; there is not a record of Ripsnore or David Campbell, its creator, ever being acknowledged by the Better Business Bureau.
When people see mention of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they tend to become more trusting than they should be. Anyone can claim a product has been cleared, but that does not mean it has been. This is a prime example.
The Ripsnore snoring mouthpiece is made with an FDA-approved material. It is a medical-grade material used for numerous applications throughout medical and dental industries. So, although the material has been approved by the FDA, the device has not been. Does this mean that it is dangerous? Not necessarily. However, it does mean that the company is not going out-of-the-way to make sure consumers know what they are getting.
Ripsnore's site is eager to tell you over-and-over that the product is clinically tested with a 98 percent rate, but where is the evidence? There is not one online to an outside source or at least scanned documents, graphs, or anything of value. However, there is a brief explanation of a study that was supposedly done.
In September 2009 an independent study was conducted by a dental practitioner at University of Queensland by the name of Dr. Kay Cormie. Over a 2-month period, 300 people were surveyed and that is how the percentage was determined. So, no actual trials in a controlled environment were done. The study simple consisted of 300 people who responded to a survey. In this case there is always the chance that the applicants could have been prescreened, too.
In addition to some of these false claims, my experience with the mouthpiece was generally very bad, especially when compared to other stop snoring mouthpiece products. Read about my experience in my Ripsnore review.