These two MADs (mandibular advancement devices) made by Ripsnore and ZQuiet both work with varying degrees of success.
My wife and I slept wonderfully while using the ZQuiet but the bulky and ill-fitting Ripsnore presented many of challenges throughout the night. Seriously consider using ZQuiet and forget about the uncomfortable and ineffective Ripsnore.
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You will need to ensure that the fitting process is done correctly with both devices. Understanding several important details about both devices will help you make a decision suited to your needs.
Using technology similar to many MADs, the Ripsnore pushes the lower jaw forward to open your airway.
Despite company claims, the Ripsnore has not gained approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), only the plastic that it is built from has.
I was forced to wait much longer than I did for most of the other devices I have tested for the Ripsnore to arrive. The minute I opened the box, my wife and I could immediately see that the mouthpieces were going to be too large.
After three different tries with the boil-and-bite fitting method, I finally managed a comfortable fit. My wife could not wear the device at all because the bulky size kept making her gag each time she attempted to fit it.
The first night did not end up well for me. As a result of the size and awkward structure of the Ripsnore, it kept falling out of my mouth and onto the floor. During the few times that I could briefly get it into place, I drooled all over my pillow. I woke up in the middle of the night, several times, to rinse it off and put it back in.
My wife and I were both very tired the next morning.
I was happy that the cleaning process is very simple but this benefit is minor given the effectiveness of the product overall.
ZQuiet provides everyone with two mouthpieces for the $79.95 price that vary to the extent of which they advance your jaw. The ZQuiet is very comfortable in your mouth as a result of the soft, flexible construction. The device allows your mouth to stay slightly open so you can use it if you are a mouth breather.
The loose fit really surprised us. We were expecting that the ZQuiet would slip out of your mouth, like the Ripsnore, a problem reported by some ZQuiet users. However, this was not the case in our experience.
Cleaning is very easy with just a toothbrush and soap.
All you have to do is slip one or the other in your mouth to figure out which size of ZQuiet is best suited for you. I had to adjust my wife's a little with scissors for it to fit correctly. Mine fit just about right.
My wife snored softly the first night though she said she heard no snoring sounds coming from me. My jaw was a little sore but after the second night the feeling was gone.
After the two-week trial, we both were very happy with the ZQuiet. The construction even makes it possible for you to talk normally while wearing it. People with a deviated septum or who have illnesses will prefer the ZQuiet as it allows you breathe through your mouth and keep your air passage clear.
Cleaning was a very quick process. The soft, one-piece construction took almost no effort at all to scrub with a toothbrush and a little dish soap.
My wife and I both agree that the SnoreRX, despite its rather bulky appearance, is very comfortable to wear and also works.
The biggest disadvantages to the Ripsnore are the size and the fitting process. The lack of the ability to adjust it after the boil and bite is a disadvantage.
The easy-to-use design of the ZQuiet meant it took much less time to clean than the intricate PureSleep.
The Ripsnore is uncomfortable and bulky too even if you can fit it in your mouth. If you want a MAD, then pick another brand like the ZQuiet that prioritizes functionality and comfort.