Snoring mouthpieces are not much to look at – so I at least give credit to Zyppah for trying. The Zyppah product is classified as a mandibular advancement device (MAD) and its black and neon green (also available in other colors).
Update: Some readers have left reviews about issues with me about Zyppah’s poor customer service. I didn’t have any issues personally but read the comments for other people’s experiences.
Many readers rate SnoreRx customer service as top quality. They always stand behind their 30-day guarantee and their latest device is my #1 choice.
Zyppah Review Video: Unboxing, and Features
Zyppah Review: Positives and Negatives
Like all anti snoring devices that I have reviewed, I like to make sure I share both the pros and cons so that everyone can make an educated decision.
- Hybrid device design holds the jaw forward and tongue stationary to keep your airway clear while you sleep.
- The Zyppah device is American-made, BBB-accredited, and FDA-cleared.
- The design is pretty comfortable, and it’s made from a BPA-free material. Even the rubber piece across the tongue is comfortable.
- The fitting process allows you to achieve a precise fit.
- Airflow hole lets you breathe through your mouth while you’re sleeping.
- Zyppah device has a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and free shipping and handling.
- The sporty design is ideal for people self-conscious about wearing a mouthpiece.
- Designed by a dentist, and affiliated with five Snore No More facilities located in California that specializes in snoring and sleep apnea.
- The fitting process is a little more specific than other devices.
- May cause drooling and jaw soreness while you get used to it.
- Need to keep denture tabs on-hand for cleaning.
- Can’t be worn by people with dentures, loose teeth, crowns, or bridge work.
- The Zyppah device makes it very hard to swallow during use, which makes falling asleep almost impossible.
Overall I had a great experience with the mouthpiece and think that it will be the perfect fit for a lot of snorers. Particularly compared to other mouthpieces I found it relatively comfortable and effective, and a few other Zyppah reviews I read said the same.
Zyppah Customer Review
What is Zyppah?
The first thing to note is that there are four versions of the Zyppah devices. This review is the one that can be ordered online without a prescription. If you live in California, there are five Snore No More centers that sell three other versions that are significantly more expensive and need to be prescribed and custom-fitted by a doctor.
Like other MADs and anti-snoring devices, Zyppah positions the lower jaw in a forward position to help reduce the risk of the airway experiencing a partial obstruction. However, Zyppah is actually a hybrid snoring device because similar to a tongue retaining device (TRD), it stabilizes your tongue, too. It may not have a suctioned bulb on the end like what you would expect from a TRD, but the concept is there. The tongue gets held in place by a rubber-like strap that is a lot softer than it looks.
Zyppah is made in the USA, FDA-cleared, BBB-accredited, and designed by a dentist. You do have to use a fitting process, and it does have an airflow hole to allow you to breathe through your mouth.
How it Works
If you snore then you have some soft tissues vibrating in your airway. When you fall asleep, your tongue collapses toward your throat because your muscles relax.
When this happens, the soft palate and uvula can cause a partial obstruction. At the same time, the muscles in your neck have also relaxed, so soft tissues in your throat are closer together.
In many people, the soft throat tissues tough the soft palate and uvula are permitted to touch. When air is pushed through it causes these tissues to vibrate. The vibration causes the snoring sound.
Zyppah holds your lower jaw forward and keeps your tongue stationary, so the soft palate and uvula don’t collapse into the throat. When tissues are not permitted to touch, they don’t vibrate.
My Zyppah Review
I ordered two Zyppah mouthpieces. Words can’t describe how eager my wife was to try this one. She liked the looks of it as much as I did. Of course, we both know that appearances can be deceiving, so we tried not to get overly excited about this one in fear of it being a total let down.
The oral appliances were $99.95 each, including shipping and handling, which was in the mid-priced range of all the devices I had tried to that point. I also noticed that it came with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, but I haven’t really dug into what that means.
The package arrived quickly even though I didn’t pay for any type of upgraded shipping. My wife was already smitten before we even opened it. As she carried the vibrantly colored and decorated package in the house, you could tell she felt like she was receiving a special gift. I admit it made me smile, too.
Zyppah has a very specific fitting process that must be followed. I’m glad she actually read through the instructions because I was ready to just heat a pot of water and apply the generic boil-and-bite fitting process I had grown so accustomed to. It’s certainly not hard to get an accurate fit with Zyppah, but you do need to follow the steps listed.
The first night we agreed the mouthpiece was very comfortable. My allergies were acting up just a bit, so I appreciated the airflow hole.
We both woke up before the alarm the next morning. I felt more energized than I had been in a long time. My wife said she heard no snoring coming from me when she let the dog out for his early morning bathroom break.
While she made breakfast, I cleaned both our devices using a denture tablet. They are really easy to clean because there are not a lot of crevices like you find on some other stop snoring mouthpieces.
My jaw was not as sore as it had been with previous devices. She said her jaw was fairly sore, but by the fourth morning, the soreness was gone.
After the 14-day trial was over, we thought Zyppah was a nice choice, but I still highly recommend SnoreRx or ZQuiet. If you can’t stand the thought of a mouthpiece, take a look at my Good Morning Snore Solution review. Hint: It’s not a mouthpiece, it’s a TRD.
Other Recommendations and Final Thoughts
Zyppah may end up being a good option for you. Overall, I found the Zyppah mouthpiece to be a comfortable and effective snoring solution I would recommend.
Latest Update: Priced at $110 (after shipping), there are cheaper mouthpieces now available, that have more features. Also, they have stopped selling the pink and camo colors and are not offering any coupon codes online.
Zyppah vs CPAP
The CPAP or Continuous Positive Airway Pressure and Zyppah work in different ways to prevent you from snoring. A CPAP is a machine with a pump that uses air pressure to keep your throat clear and stop snoring.
Zyppah is a hybrid MAD (mandibular advancement device) that pushes your jaw forward and keeps your tongue from blocking your airway passages.
The CPAP requires power, a nasal or full-face mask and possibly other attachments. These machines cost on average over $800. Most MADs cost around $100 or less.
Both Devices Compared
Zyppah vs. CPAP
|MAD Hybrid: includes a TRD (tongue retaining device)
|Airway pump/continuous positive air pressure machine
|Boil and Bite
|Manual adjustment of the mask straps and nose fitting
|Disassembly and washing each part in warm, soapy water
|Four versions, over-the-counter and prescription
|$89.99 version includes free shipping
The CPAP will stop snoring. The Zyppah and other MAD and TRDs have a good success rate also. The cost and the care required if you use a CPAP drive many to attempt a less costly and easier-to-maintain alternative such as the Zyppah.
The two types of anti-snoring methods used by the Zyppah made it an excellent option for me. The MAD feature keeps the lower jaw pushed forward and the TRD feature stabilizes your tongue, ensuring that your airway remains clear.
You can order the Zyppah online. It is FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved and the company manufactures them in the United States.
My Zyppah Experience
The ordering and shipping process for the Zyppah took about three days. We ordered two, one for me and one for my wife. The box included detailed fitting instructions.
We followed the directions carefully, adjusting the device and using the boil and bite. Both of us had slightly sore mouths after the first night of wearing the Zyppah. The soreness disappeared though within a few days.
We both awoke refreshed and my son said he heard no snoring coming from our room. Cleaning the one-piece unit was a matter of putting it in a glass of warm water along with a denture cleaning-type tablet.
There was no scrubbing or brushing required, as there were no nooks or crannies requiring special care. After the two week trial, my wife and I agreed that the Zyppah did what it advertised it would do and kept us from snoring.
CPAPs consist of several parts including the mask, tubing, filters and the machine or pump. You plug in the machine (some portables offer a battery power option), slip the mask over your head and adjust the straps and nasal plugs and turn it on.
Cleaning requires disassembly and washing of each part with warm, soapy water at least once a week.
The CPAP Experience
You must have a prescription in order to buy a CPAP. You are supposed to have a sleep study done at a doctor’s office in order to determine the correct pressure settings.
You can get around this by completing an online questionnaire, then waiting for a contracted MD to review the answers and write the prescription. It takes about a week to receive the prescription by mail.
Once you receive the doctor’s approval, you have to provide a copy of the prescription whenever you are ready to purchase your machine.
You do not need a prescription to purchase any components such as additional tubing, filters or masks.
You may need to buy a CPAP humidifier as often users find that the pressurized air is too dry.
Cleaning requires much more work than a MAD or TRD. You will have to take the tubing apart, remove the filter and mask and clean each piece separately using soap and water.
The instructions suggest you clean the parts at least once a week but many find that to ensure a germ-free unit that you must clean it daily. The machine itself does not require any maintenance other than wiping down the outside occasionally.
When fitted and adjusted correctly, using a CPAP virtually ensures that you will not snore.
The Zyppah and a CPAP fit comfortably and can adapt to any size mouth or face. Some report that the noise, however slight, of the CPAP disturbs either the wearer or the person’s sleep partner.
The disassembly of the CPAP for cleaning and the various moving parts makes a CPAP a bit more complicated to use on a daily basis. Many health insurance plans will help defray the high costs of purchasing a CPAP.
If you suffer from severe sleep apnea, then getting assessed by a doctor and using a CPAP makes sense. If you or your spouse snores, but there is no medical condition like sleep apnea associated with your snoring, then the Zyppah is likely a better option.
Achieving the Perfect Fit with Your Zyppah
Zyppah utilizes a boil-and-bite fitting method that is very similar to other mandibular advancement devices (MADs). However, while other anti snoring devices generally have a recessed tray that guides your teeth in place, Zyppah does not.
For this reason, you need to be a little more careful during the fitting process. You will definitely want to have a mirror handy.
In addition to a mirror, you might as well also grab a small pot, bowl or mug, pair of tongs, and a stopwatch. Before putting the Zyppah in your mouth it is a good idea to clean it with warm water first. Examine the device, and make sure you can identify the top and bottom trays.
You will see the word “Zyppah” on the lower tray. You will also notice that the lower tray is already pulled slightly forward.
Once you are comfortable with this, you can move onto the fitting. You do not want to wait until the appliance is hot and soft to try to figure out how it goes in your mouth.
Begin by bringing a pot of water to boil. In the meantime put ice water in the small bowl or mug. You can even toss an ice-cube in there just to make sure it does not acclimate to room temperature.
When the water boils, remove it from the heat. Use the tongs to hold the device, and submerge completely for 60 seconds. After removing from the hot water give it just a few seconds to cool off, so you don’t burn your mouth.
Be very gentle with it because at this time it is now soft, sticky, and pliable. If you are going to use your hands then hold it by the rubber strap or hard tray.
Looking in the mirror, place Zyppah in your mouth, starting with your lower jaw. Your bottom teeth should touch the point where the hard black plastic touches the green thermoplastic. When your teeth are properly positioned extend your lower jaw forward.
Gently place your upper teeth at the inside point of the hard plastic. When you are confident that your teeth are in the best position, bite down into the device for a full minute.
Slowly remove the device and submerge it in the ice water to harden. Once your Zyppah has cooled completely try wearing it. If you don’t feel that the fit is correct, repeat the process again.
You can usually fit an MAD around three times before you start to compromise the material. Overall I like the mouthpiece, but learn more about my Zyppah complaints and be sure to compare after reading our SnoreRx Plus review.
Cleaning Tips for Zyppah
Update: I have found the iSonic Ultrasonic Cleaner to be one of the best methods of cleaning all snoring devices.
The human mouth houses between 800 and 1,000 strains of bacteria, which makes cleaning your mouthpiece after wearing it very important. If you stored your Zyppah without properly cleaning it, the device probably wouldn’t actually start smelling for a few days, but it would definitely be unsanitary and a breeding ground for bad bacteria by the second time you put it in your mouth.
Zyppah should be cleaned with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mouthwash. Just pour a little mouthwash into the bottle cap or some other small container and dip the brush in before you scrub the device. Be sure to get the small space between the upper and lower pieces. Rinse thoroughly, and allow to air dry completely before putting it into any type of storage container. Learn more about Zyppah in general in my Zyppah Review.
Zyppah recommends that you give the device a deep cleaning at least once a week using Efferdent, Polident, or some other type of effervescent tablet. Allow the tablet to dissolve in the water before adding your Zyppah. Soak for 5 to 10 minutes, rinse it thoroughly, and air dry.
Zyppah also offers a product called SNAP, which is a cleaner and sanitizer in one. If you use this product, you will not have to use mouthwash or denture tablets. SNAP is available in 30-day supply boxes. If you sign up for the replenishment program that automatically sends you a reorder every 30 days, you save $5 off the price and $4 off shipping charges.
How Zyppah is Good for Your Health
Most people joke about snoring, like it’s no big deal, but it really is. Snoring is not just a sound that drives your partner crazy or has the person in the hotel room next to you banging on the wall.
Snoring robs you of quality sleep, which affects your health in more ways than you can probably imagine.
How Zyppah Improves Sleep
If you snore then your airway is being obstructed while you sleep. Soft tissues vibrate with each breath, causing the snoring sound. However, that is not all that is happening. All night, your body is forced to work harder for oxygen, making it impossible to fully relax and recharge. Snorers typically spend very little time in deep sleep stages, which is why even after being asleep eight hours, you still feel tired in the morning.
Zyppah holds your jaw and tongue forward, which keeps your airway clear. In doing so, you enjoy a more restful night of sleep.
How Zyppah Affects Your Health
You have probably heard that sleep deprivation is bad for your health, but maybe you have never realized that as a snorer, you have chronic sleep deprivation. This adversely affects your present and long-term physical and mental health. Just a few side effects of sleep deprivation include:
- Heart Problems – Snorers remain anxious and fatigued throughout the day, which increases the risk of high blood pressure. Of course, hypertension is a predisposition to severe heart problems. Snorers are at increased risk for heart disease, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and heart attack.
- Weight Gain – Lack of sleep increases your risk for obesity. It also makes it harder for you to lose weight, and carrying around excess pounds can lead to other medical problems.
- Injury – Sleep deprivation leads to injuries and accidents because your alertness is weakened and reaction time is slower.
- Diabetes – Snorers are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than non-snorers are.
- Stroke – Since snoring decreases the flow of oxygen, your body and brain are deprived, which increases your risk for stroke.
- Mental Disorder – Depression, anxiety, and inability to deal with stress are commonly experienced by snorers.
Snoring may seem like it’s not a big deal, but it is affecting your health. If Zyppah works for you, your sleep quality will improve, which decreases your risk for the above mentioned health concerns. Learn more about Zyppah in my review.
Zyppah Launches Sleep Certified for Dentists
Dr. Jonathan Greenburg released Zyppah, a mandibular advancement device (MAD) in 2012. Zyppah is a MAD with an additional tongue restraining mechanism that holds the tongue flat. This means that it reduces snoring by keeping your airway clear of both soft tissue and your tongue.
The device we reviewed was the basic model that can be ordered online without the need for a prescription. Zyppah has three other models that need to be custom fitted by a doctor or dentist. Dr. Greenburg has opened five sleep clinics in southern California where it is possible to go to be fitted for these higher-level devices.
Sleep Certified by Zyppah
If you don’t live in Southern California, you may be able to access these devices through a certified dentist near you. Dr. Greenburg has launched a new membership and training platform for dentists. Sleep Certified offers to train dentists in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea.
Training for Dentists
For dentists, membership in the program offers them the ability to access a new patient group by providing a new service. Dentists once certified can receive patient referrals through the network, which can be more than worth the membership fee even without the other benefits of joining.
Members will receive training and support to provide these new services which can increase the value of their practice. As part of this bundle, they will be able to access the custom fitted Zyppah devices, for their patients at a reduced cost.
For patients sleep certified dentists can provide an alternative to CPAP as a treatment for sleep apnea. With the network of dentists nationwide the chances of finding a provider nearby increases. The levels of certification are also easily visible to patients so they can have confidence that they are going to an experienced practitioner.
Zyppah is Looking for Investors
Zyppah is a mandibular advancement device (MAD) that has an added tongue restraining mechanism built into it. MADs work by holding the lower jaw in a forward position. This means that as you relax into sleep, the soft tissues at the back of your mouth are prevented from obstructing your airway.
Dr. Jonathan Greenburg, the inventor of Zyppah, identified that the major limitation of MADs was that they do not address the issue of the tongue, which can also cause an obstruction. The innovative design of Zyppah lies in the strip of elastic which holds your tongue flat as you sleep.
Zyppah (happy Z spelled backward) has been on the market since 2012. Reviews of the device have been very positive and suggest that it is a highly effective solution for the reduction of snoring.
There have been some concerns raised about the customer service of the company. This is not totally surprising given the young age of the company.
Zyppah is once again looking for investors though wefunder. This is the third time that they have sought backing on this platform to grow the business. Over their three campaigns, they have raised more than $1.5 million.
The current campaign is being run off the back of the upcoming FDA approval to sell Zyppah as an over-the-counter snoring reduction device. If they receive this approval, it would allow them to sell the device through retailers such as Amazon. Presently they are limited to selling through their own website.
If you are particularly passionate about Zyppah and would like to own a piece of the company, the minimum investment amount is $250. If you invest $500, you can get a free device along with your shares!
The Mastermind Behind Zyppah
Dr. Johnathan Greenburg is the designer behind Zyppah. At the time he designed the snoring mouthpiece, he already had more than three decades of experience in the field of dentistry.
When he was an undergraduate, he also studied bioengineering. Determined to design a product that would be both comfortable and effective at stopping snoring, he spent 10 years researching snoring, as well as sleep apnea, since the two often go hand-in-hand.
Through his research, Greenburg discovered that snoring could be reduced and even eliminated in some patients if he could keep their airway free from obstruction while they slept. Zyppah was designed to hold both the tongue and jaw forward so soft tissues can’t relax into the back of your throat when you fall asleep.
When tissues aren’t blocking the airway, they don’t vibrate against one another to create a snoring sound. Also, by keeping the airway clear all night, the body does not have to fight for oxygen, thereby allowing it to enjoy deeper sleep stages, so you wake up feeling rested.
Greenburg created a few versions of Zyppah. The most popular one is the mouthpiece that is available to order online without a prescription in the United States. The other versions are available with a prescription at one of the Snore No More facilities.
These versions also need to be fitted by a dentist at the Snore No More facility visited. These five centers focus primarily on snoring, CPAP intolerance, and sleep apnea, and are located in Valencia, Newport Beach, Pasadena, Encino, and Beverly Hills.
Zyppah Discount Coupon Code
Zyppah is currently running a great promo – Get Up To 37% Off Zyppah
The Zyppah already comes at a pretty good price compared to prescription anti-snoring mouthpieces, and with a coupon code, it is very reasonable for the average customer. You may get free shipping too.
The Zyppah coupons range from 15%-25% off, usually around $30, depending on how many mouthpieces you buy, the price at the time of sale, and other details. There will be slight changes in the price and available discount at times, but the amount you pay when using a promo code will generally remain fairly constant. If you feel like you’re not getting as good a deal as you should on the Zyppah, shoot me a message and I’ll see if I can negotiate a better deal with the company on behalf of all readers.
The Zyppah mouthpiece also comes with a great and lenient return policy, so if you decide that the snoring product is not for you, you’ll be able to return it for little cost to you. Have a better day with this coupon and verified high quality anti snoring device. Sleep better!