Before I tried ZQuiet, I had already put more than a dozen other mouthpieces to the test. Although I found some good ones, none were my perfect fit.
ZQuiet is the one of the best mouthpieces I've tried to date, being very effective and comfortable to wear. It's also very reasonably priced. If you have tried ZQuiet and can't accept the fit or don't feel your snoring is reduced as much as it could be, I recommend SnoreRx as it has a molding process to provide a secure fit and it can be calibrated for maximum snoring reduction.
Pros and Cons
Although I am quite fond of ZQuiet, it is important that you are aware of all the positive and negative points of the device to make an educated decision. It's definitely better than most, but I have a few complaints as well.
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The Mouthpiece that Doesn't Really Act Like a Mouthpiece
Until this point, every mouthpiece I had tried was stationary. Although some were soft and streamlined, they held my jaw strictly in a forward position. So, talking with one when in my mouth was out of the question.
Most mandibular advancement devices (MADs) are designed to just hold your jaw forward, so your tongue can't collapse into your throat and cause an obstruction. I had been under the impression that a mouthpiece had to be hard and stationary to work. So, when I stumbled upon ZQuiet, I was definitely skeptical.
ZQuiet is soft and flexible. Yes, flexible!
It has what is called "Living Hinge Technology." When you look at the mouthpiece from the side you can see that the lower jaw extends forward. However, it is flexible, so you can open and close your mouth, talk, and even sip water with it in. For the life of me, I couldn't even comprehend how this thing was going to keep my jaw forward all night, if it was pliable enough to let me speak.
ZQuiet is crafted from a thermoplastic elastomer. It contains no BPA or latex, and it's cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration. ZQuiet is also made in America and accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
The material has been put through rigorous safety testing, and there are no acrylics used during production. It actually looks like it would be very comfortable, unlike some mouthpieces that cause you to cringe at the thought of putting them in your mouth.
You will also notice that ZQuiet has airflow posts. This ensures that you can't completely close your mouth and block the airflow while you are asleep. This means that it is suitable for people who breathe through their mouth.
When I went to the site to order a ZQuiet for us (me and my wife), I was pretty surprised to discover that you actually get two mouthpieces when you buy.
The two vary in lower jaw advancement, so if one doesn't work, you are supposed to try the other one that has the lower jaw extended even more. Most mouthpieces have a fitting process, but this one doesn't.
The site said it would be ready-to-use right out-of-the-box. Great, it's flexible and one-size-fits-all! I had a little laugh over this combination, which you may be doing right now, too.
When the package arrived I couldn't even wait for my wife to get home to open it with her. I was anxious to check it out. I took all four out of the box and cleaned them all using mild dish soap.
The mouthpieces felt soft and smooth, but what I found was that running them under warm water made them feel even softer. So, of course, my mind was filled with even more doubt. I was definitely mentally preparing to smash this mouthpiece with a devastating ZQuiet review.
When my wife got home, we both put one in. We agreed that they were as soft and comfortable as they look. We could still talk, and neither of us was drooling like we usually do when we try a new device. Mine was a perfect fit. My wife's needed to be trimmed slightly with a pair of scissors (directions provided by the company for this situation). Then we just filed it a little.
It was my night to let our senior dog out for his 2 am bathroom break. When my phone alarm went off, I was wide awake. I actually felt like I had slept through the entire night and missed taking him out. I must have been sleeping very soundly. My wife didn't wake up, but she wasn't completely silent either. There was a hint of snoring there, but nowhere near the sound that usually comes from her.
In the morning, I felt amazing. My jaw was a tad sore, but not as sore as it usually is with a new device. Neither of us could believe this soft, flexible thing hadn't fallen out in the middle of the night.
I told my wife she was snoring a little when I let the dog out. She seemed disappointed, so decided to try the other sized mouthpiece. Despite the small amount of noise, she said she felt well-rested. Our teenage son said he didn't hear me snore at all, but he did hear his mom, only because I made too much noise letting the dog out, so he woke up.
The next night, I stuck with the same mouthpiece. I trimmed the other one for my wife, and I agreed to take the "dog shift" again, just so I could see if she was snoring. To my surprise, all was silent at 2 am.
We continued on with the two-week trial, but we actually kept wearing these beyond two weeks because we loved them. We did still want to try other mouthpieces, but we always came back to this one. It was our number one stop snoring mouthpiece. Well, at least until we stumbled upon Good Morning Snore Solution (GMSS) a little later. That innovative creation became our preferred pick, and ZQuiet dropped to the number two position.
Who is ZQuiet Great For?
The soft, flexible design is unique about ZQuiet. If you have ever worn a mouthpiece and absolutely hated it, you'll appreciate the way this one is designed. It doesn't feel like an invasive piece of plastic that locks your mouth in place. The material is smooth against your gums, and relative to other mouthpieces, takes up much less space.
Also, since it has airflow holes, you can wear it if you are a mouth breather. So if you have nasal polyps, a deviated septum, or sinuses, ZQuiet will allow adequate airflow through your mouth while you sleep. I have allergies that flare up from time-to-time. So, if my nose is stuffy, I can't wear my Good Morning Snore Solution. During these times, I wear ZQuiet, so I always have one of these mouthpieces as a backup.
Who Can't Wear ZQuiet?
Although ZQuiet is flexible, it is still an MAD, so it's not a solution for individuals with dentures. The site doesn't say anything about wearing it with bridgework, crowns, or loose or weak teeth, but I just can't imagine it would be recommended.
If any of these apply to you, I would strongly suggest trying Good Morning Snore Solution. This device is actually a tongue stabilizing device. It doesn't sit inside your mouth, so it does not affect your teeth or any dental work inside your mouth. Instead of holding the jaw forward like ZQuiet, it works by holding the tongue forward, so your airway stays clear all night. It is very comfortable and effective.
Is there a Cleaner for Zquiet?
Yes, it is the ZQuiet Clean-Foaming Anti-Bacterial Cleaner for Dental Appliances. It is a 1.5 oz bottle, with a mint scent. Cleaning and sanitizing your ZQuiet takes only 60 seconds with the pump, scrub, rinse method. The ZQuiet Clean is effective at killing 99.99% of bacteria on contact.
Is ZQuiet Expensive?
Considering you get two devices with your order, ZQuiet is moderately priced. The price is $79.95, but you don't have to pay upfront to try it. Many stop snoring solutions have a money-back guarantee, but ZQuiet takes a different approach. You pay $19 upfront to cover the shipping charges. Then, you have 30 days to try it. If it works for you, and you keep it, then you will be charged $79.95 on day 35. If it doesn't work for you, ship it back within 30 days, and your card won't get charged. You can also insure your package for $1.99 extra. (I probably won't updated this section regularly, so of course check the seller for final prices).
The zQuiet is a trial product. You pay $18.92 to test the product for 30 days. If you keep the zQuiet, you are charged $79.95. The total cost of the zQuiet is $98.87
The zQuiet works by advancing the lower jaw forward and opening the upper airways. The zQuiet is two separate devices (instead of just one that is adjustable like the SnoreRx). – one with minimal lower jaw advancement and one with high jaw advancement. Users should start with the minimum zQuiet first to adjust to using the device.
My Final Thoughts
I have been quite pleased with the results from the ZQuiet mouthpiece. As mentioned, I do still wear this mouthpiece when I travel or when my nose is stuffy from allergies and I can't wear my Good Morning Snore Solution. Update: Recently I have switched to SnoreRx because the calibration completely eliminates my snoring.
The material and design are comfortable. The Living Hinge Technology does what it says, and the product did stop my snoring, so I could sleep soundly. It is moderately priced, and since only shipping charges are paid up-front, you essentially try it for 30 days for $19. However, you do need to make sure you send it back within the allocated time period, if you are unhappy, or your card will be charged. Overall, I recommend ZQuiet as an effective stop snoring solution.