There are many devices on the market to help people get a quiet night’s sleep. Snoring mouthpieces are a very popular method of reducing snoring. They are meant to counter the vibrations of relaxed throat muscles (also known as snoring) by comfortably restraining the organs involved in snoring.
Here is my review of one of them: the Snore Medic.
Snoring mouthpieces come in various shapes and sizes, making it difficult sometimes to determine the best one for your physiology.
One question you might ask yourself is whether wearing a snoring mouthpiece at night is safe. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine states that using snoring mouth devices is a safe and effective way to either reduce or stop snoring.
A few other considerations when researching mouthpieces include how bulky the mouthpiece is, the size of your air passage, and the material from which the mouthpiece is constructed.
You will be wearing the snoring mouthpiece throughout the night, so you want the device to be as slim and snug, without being too tight, as possible. A bulky device in your mouth can force your mouth into unnatural and uncomfortable positions. Ideally, your mouthpiece will be slim and unobtrusive while still effectively doing its job to reduce your snoring.
Another consideration is the size of the air passage. At first blush, you might think you need the largest breathing hole possible with your device. In reality, if the air passage is too big, your mouth will remain open too wide during the night, making your jaw sore. The best device is one that has a large enough air hole for you to breath comfortably but doesn’t keep your mouth open too wide.
Lastly, consider the material out of which the mouthpiece is constructed. You should look for a device made from a soft material that molds to the shape of your mouth. If the mouthpiece is made from an inflexible material, it cannot adjust to the width of your mouth, which will give you a very rigid and uncomfortable fit.
Like the AirSnore and the SleepTight mouth devices, the Snore Medic holds the jaw in place during the night, preventing it from falling back into a relaxed position. By keeping the jaw thrust slightly forward, the airway remains open, allowing you to get a restful sleep with unrestricted breathing. The device is very easy to use and is designed as a one-size-fits-all device, making it suitable for just about everyone. Although the appliance comes in one shape, the Snore Medic uses the boil and bite method, allowing you to mold it to your mouth.
You place the device into hot water for a few minutes, and then put it into your mouth and bite down. While the device cools, it will mold itself to the shape of your mouth, allowing you get an exact fit.
If you don’t quite get the right fit the first time, you can repeat the process until you get the fit you want.
The manufacturers of Snore Medic recommend an adjustment period of 3 to 5 nights of consistent use for the device. Moderate soreness and fatigue of the jaw, teeth, and gums are common during the first few nights of use.
This adjustment period is similar to any other type of mouth guard or dental device you might try. If the pain while wearing the Snore Medic is severe, sharp, or ongoing, you should discontinue use and seek the advice of a medical professional.
These extreme symptoms of pain may be an indicator of a more severe problem such as temporomandibular disorder, which should be checked by a medical professional.
The Snore Medic usually lasts 8-15 months with consistent nightly use before you need to replace it. If you grind your teeth at night, you might need to replace your Snore Medic more often.
Snore Medic does offer a discount if you sign up for their convenient program to have a new mouthpiece automatically sent to you every 8 months.
I’ve tried various mouthpieces in my research and I think the Snore Medic rates as an average device that can be found online at a decent price. It did a decent job of reducing my snoring, but I was not blown away by the product.
It is fundamentally the same product as the SleepTight and the AirSnore. However, at $39.99, the Snore Medic is a much better deal than the SleepTight.
The AirSnore ships from the United Kingdom, making the shipping time longer, so the Snore Medic (which ships from the United States) is a better deal in that respect.