Recently we evaluated the SnoreRx device which is an over-the-counter oral appliance for the treatment of snoring.
Snoring is the sound caused by a narrowed nasal and/or oral airway during sleep. Potential airway narrowing may occur in the nose and includes a deviated septum, enlarged soft tissue (turbinates), polyps, and/or sinus congestion.
Narrowing in the oral airway may come from one or both places and include: 1) the back of the throat including a narrowed pharynx, an elongated soft palate, enlarged tonsils, and enlarged uvula and/or 2) the tongue falling into the airway from a small lower jaw, a bad bite, an enlarged tongue, or a crowded and smallmouth.
As the air has to pass through a smaller, more narrow space, it rushes at a faster rate and vibrates the tissues, resulting in the familiar and often annoying snoring sound.
SnoreRx works best for snoring caused by tongue blockages by moving the lower jaw slightly forward to maintain an open airway during sleep. In my opinion, the SnoreRx closely resembles a custom-made oral appliance due to several features:
The process to fit the SnoreRx was easy to follow with the clear and concise directions. To mold the appliance to the teeth, there is a handle included to avoid burns when placing the device in the boiling water.
When placing the device in the mouth, the patient should bite down as hard as possible and suction the air and water to mold the material to the teeth. If needed, this step may be repeated in case of poor retention or not seating the tray all the way.
The handle is easily removed and the device may then be calibrated to move the lower jaw forward. It is best to start with a small and comfortable increase of 1mm to avoid jaw pain. After 3-5 nights at each setting, the device can be adjusted as often as needed, up to 6mm of movement until the snoring is reduced.
The SnoreRx website has good education, explanations, and support. The patients I utilized for this device reported ease of preparing the appliance for use, comfort while wearing, and decreased snoring. Potential side effects include tooth or gum soreness, excessive salivation or dry mouth, tooth movement or changes in bite, and temporomandibular (jaw joint) issues. If you experience jaw pain, headaches, facial pain, jaw noises, or jaw locking, use of the device should be discontinued. If the symptoms do not resolve, we recommend you see a dentist trained in TMJ Dysfunction.
When comparing this device to a custom-made oral appliance, the overall size is bulkier due to the outer shell being approximately 2mm thick then containing the inner moldable copolymer. This may lead to the lips remaining open during sleep and mouth breathing or dry mouth.
The dental literature suggests that the soft mouthguard material, such as the inner lining of the SnoreRx, may induce tooth clenching. If you find that you are waking with clenched teeth, facial pain, or headaches along the temples, you should discontinue use and seek an examination by your dentist if the symptoms persist.
Overall, the SnoreRx is an ideal appliance to use for snoring, as a stepping stone prior to trying a more long-term custom-made oral device, or as a temporary device while awaiting a more definitive treatment method.
To raise awareness of potentially serious health implications, readers should be aware that snoring is a sign of sleep apnea, which is a complete cessation of breathing for ten seconds or more. Sleep apnea is often undiagnosed and untreated. It is a serious health condition associated with:
If you or your loved one wakes gasping or has been told of stopped breathing during sleep, or has been diagnosed with sleep apnea via an overnight sleep study, treatment should be sought by a sleep physician or a dentist trained in sleep-disordered breathing rather than using an over-the-counter snoring device.
Treatment methods include a CPAP (Continuous positive air pressure) machine, surgery, weight loss, oropharyngeal exercises, and custom-made oral appliances.
SnoreRx is fabulous BUT don't forget that we've also done a list of the best mouthpieces to stop snoring.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when first trying the SnoreRx. My experience with CPAP machines is they can be tedious to put on and hard to sleep in. I was pleasantly surprised upon receiving a small, easy device to handle and use. This portability of SnoreRx is convenient as compared to a nightly CPAP hookup.
The SnoreRx comes in a small box and is a mouth guard that is custom fit to an impression of your teeth. The website contains all the instructions and support. There is a lot of information on the back of SnoreRx box as well.
The first section is a descriptive summary of the product. It includes the indications for use, which is straightforward. Underneath is the contraindications and warnings and details about the manufacturer.
The box was easy to open. It’s important to read the instructions fully before proceeding because it's tempting to try and use it without doing the boil-and-bite. The instructions are a critical part of using the device.
Upon starting the SnoreRx custom impression, I found the steps clearly labeled and easy to follow and impressed by how malleable the material was in being able to adjust so easily to the water, and my tooth imprints. There is a video available that shows the step by step impression steps.
My personal experience in sleeping with SnoreRx took some getting used to. I am very petite and so adjusting it to my mouth was somewhat difficult.
In trying it on and getting used to it, I did experience some dryness at first, but that eventually subsided. Even though it can be adjusted, it would be ideal if SnoreRx could provide two different sizes depending on the size of the mouth of the person ordering it.
I wasn’t able to sleep through the night with it, although with practice I would be able to. In doing some research I found this to be a common issue – however, most users can continue wearing the device and eventually get through the night without removing the device.
Here is the key point I want to make with the SnoreRx. If you snore and do not like CPAP, this device is for you. The SnoreRx is useful for someone who is having trouble sleeping due to snoring and doesn’t want to use a CPAP machine.
The company is clear that you must seek professional medical advice first before incorporating this device into your lifestyle. They do not guarantee a cure for your snoring or sleep apnea – but do offer you a full refund if you do not succeed.
I very much enjoyed getting the chance to review the SnoreRx, as it’s size, ease of use, and easy storage can benefit many people, especially those who travel or are constantly on the go. I would recommend this product to my clients that suffer from snoring and want an alternative solution to CPAP.
Also, we've published a list of our favorite anti-snoring mouthpieces to make sure you have a umber of reliable options.
I'v been a contributor to the reviews of best anti-snoring mouthpieces here at SHQ for a good while. My goal is always to have as many patients and/or friends test the devices as possible.
I was excited to try out the SnoreRx. I’ve had several patients over the years come in with it and now I was to have my own test group from start to finish.
Since I was lucky enough to get a few appliances, I asked some other women in the office if they knew someone who could benefit.
The first of my testers is my friend’s housemate. The instructions are well written and easy to follow, and I strongly recommend you read them from start to finish.
When they read the instructions, they decided not to try out the SnoreRx. One of the contraindications is loose teeth or dental implants.
When you wear any oral appliance and clench you can create a suction. If that suction is strong enough, you can pull out loose or broken teeth. That risk is one of the reasons that I would strongly recommend that people check in with their dentist before starting with any oral appliance.
Another reason is that the dentist can establish a baseline to watch for tooth movement or bite changes.
The next tester is my friend’s boyfriend. He snores enough to disturb her sleep nightly. She was very excited to get him in the Snore Rx.
They had no problems fitting the device. It was easy to fit. First you place it in hot water. It has a removable handle that makes sure that you don’t get too near the boiling water. Then you fit it to your mouth.
Clenching for the full minute to get a proper fit can get uncomfortable, and the device must be removed with care to maintain the impression. But once you get it fit you don’t have to do it again. I really like that the inner liner is a soft thermoplastic. That little bit of give to the soft liner makes the device a lot more comfortable.
My favorite tester is my husband. He has both a nasal and oral snore (and I’m a light sleeper!). He has to wear both an oral appliance and nasal strips or cones in order for me to be happy.
That said, he’s the only one that didn’t like the Snore Rx. He found that it made his front teeth uncomfortable, and he was concerned that it might be pushing and moving his teeth (which is a warning in the instructions). After a few days and he decided to stop wearing it.
The front teeth are an area that is sensitive for a lot of people who use an oral appliance. This is the reason that people transition from a semi custom MAD to a fully custom oral appliance.
My final tester is my friend’s stepdad. Apparently his snoring was bad enough to hear from across the house and through multiple closed doors. They also had no problems with the fitting and it worked great.
Unfortunately I found out after he started that he had a CPAP machine that he wasn’t using. While there are oral appliances that can take care of sleep apnea, they have to be tested with a sleep study to make sure that they’re working effectively. The SnoreRx isn’t FDA cleared to treat sleep apnea.
The SnoreRx is FDA approved for snoring and, for that, it does deliver. Every one of the people I had test this device got remarkably quiet.
I love the adjustability of the SnoreRx. I found it easy to squeeze the upper unit and advance the lower jaw in 1 mm increments. One must be careful to adjust both sides evenly, so that you feel even tension in both cheek muscles. Uneven advancement can cause your your body to try to straighten itself out by fighting the appliance. This can lead to one-sided jaw pain.
One of the keys to jaw advancement is to take it slow and the SnoreRx allows you to do just that. You might not have to go that far forward to make the snore go away.
One of the drawbacks to the design is the mouth opening is a little small for dedicated mouth breathers. On the flip side, that limited opening won’t let your mouth dry out. It helps keep your jaw forward when you are on your back.
All in all, I really liked the SnoreRx. I think that it’s a great option for people to use before checking in with their physician to make sure that they don’t have sleep apnea. The SnoreRx definitely does what it sets out to do. It would make a good temporary or quick fix snore guard.
When I ordered SnoreRx, I looked forward to trying out its unique features. I’ve tried many Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs) in the past and was hoping for great results from SnoreRx.
I wasn’t disappointed! There are many benefits to using SnoreRx over other MADs, from the amazing customization to the high-quality material selection, but most of all it is effective.
I am confident it will become your preferred anti-snoring device as well.
Update: This review was updated on July 30, 2019, with the latest version of SnoreRx and SnoreRx is currently on sale for $99.
Here is a screenshot of my results when recorded with a snore recording app compared between two nights.
Since SnoreRx is classified as a MAD, it works by holding your lower jaw forward while you sleep, preventing soft tissue obstruction which causes snoring. The product is up-to-date and has technical features unavailable on other MADs.
One of the most noticeable features of SnoreRx is its customization. It has a calibrator set into the side of the device with ten settings spaced only one millimeter apart.
This provides a huge range of lower jaw positions to ensure you find the most comfortable position for you. The calibrator is easily adjusted with a squeezing mechanism and can be reset if necessary.
Most MADs do not allow you to adjust your jaw position easily, and if they do, they spacing isn’t fine enough to allow for both comfort and effectiveness.
SnoreRx is constructed from durable and non-irritating medical-grade material. It contains no BPA, latex, or acrylics and is suitable for people with allergies or sensitivities. It does not utilize metal pieces and rubber bands, which can cause uncomfortable pressure and torsion.
Like other MADs, it uses an easy boil-and-bite method to achieve a custom fit. However, SnoreRx has the additional benefit of allowing you to adjust your jaw position incrementally for further customization.
You will appreciate the cushioned design on the upper and lower trays, so they are gentle on your teeth. Also, mouth-breathers will welcome SnoreRx’s V-Flow design that allows free airflow through the front of the device.
SnoreRx has a lifespan of 9 to 11 months which is almost twice that of the average MAD. SnoreRx is affordable, effective and long-lasting so it is worth the investment.
When I ordered SnoreRx, I took advantage of the multi-purchase discount and bought two devices. I travel frequently for my work so having two SnoreRx gadgets is a convenience.
When the mouthpieces arrived, I followed the boil-and-bite technique to create a custom fit. I had to boil the second device twice, but it didn’t negatively affect the material.
I was excited to try my new MAD, especially the lower jaw adjustment feature. At first, I found the number of jaw positioning options overwhelming, but after some fine-tuning settled on a comfortable position.
The first night I wore the device, I slept well, but my mouth was a little sore in the morning. The discomfort was similar to wearing braces for the first time.
The great news was my wife told me I didn’t snore at all. The following night I adjusted the positioning of the lower jaw settings and didn’t encounter any pain when I woke up the next day, and I still didn’t snore.
I was concerned that adjusting the position would impact the effectiveness of the device. I also really liked the cushioning on both the upper and lower jaw which added to the level of comfort.
Cleaning the device definitely took longer than other MADs I have worn. The cleaning process is more difficult due to the number of positioning adjustments. I used a denture cleaner to help me reach into every area and eradicate bacteria.
I am very pleased with the SnoreRx. I have tried other MADs, but this one is more comfortable because of the numerous jaw adjusting positions and cushioning.
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I no longer snore, so both my wife and I get a good night’s sleep and our relationship has improved as a consequence.
Most customers are happy with SnoreRx, you read more reviews for SnoreRx on the Verified Reviews site, a trusted 3rd party review authority.
SnoreRx is backed by a 30-day unconditional satisfaction guarantee. You don't need to have it back to the company within 30 days either. It simply has to be postmarked 30 days from the confirmed delivery date, so you really do get a full month to try it.
SnoreRx is an oral appliance sold as a treatment for snoring. It uses mandibular advancement, which moves the lower jaw forward, to open the upper airway during sleep. A wider airway then improves airflow and reduces snoring.
Yes, SnoreRx really does work. Like any snoring mouthpiece, it takes some getting used to. The concept behind SnoreRx is proven and the adjustability that the SnoreRx device provides ensures a comfortable fit.
Apnea Sciences, the parent company of SnoreRx, suggests that the SnoreRx device will last between 9 and 11 months on average. Some people grind their teeth while sleeping and will experience more wear on their device than average. With proper care you can expect the device to last longer than 12 months.
With all the incredible features of the SnoreRx, I was expecting a hefty price tag; however, when I placed my order for two SnoreRx devices, I noticed there was a huge multi-purchase discount. One device costs $99, which is a terrific price, but two devices cost only $154. It’s almost a “buy one, get one half price” deal.
SnoreRx offers USPS shipping for $6.95 or 1 device. The devices can also be shipped via FedEx for around $10, which means they arrive soon after you order. SnoreRx can be shipped internationally to over 30+ countries for only $9.59. International shipping for two devices is $14.95.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
SnoreRx also offers a 30-day unconditional satisfaction guarantee. You can try the product for a full month before you return it. If you are unsatisfied with the product, make sure your return is postmarked 30 days from when you had it delivered so you can receive a full refund.
SnoreRx is the perfect device for anyone who prefers a highly customized fit. It is amazingly comfortable, it is wearable by most mouth shapes and sizes, has great airflow for mouth breathers, and is suitable for anyone with allergies or sensitivities. Most importantly, it’s incredibly effective.
If you are interested in a highly adjustable, comfortable MAD, SnoreRx would be a great option for you. It is durable, and thoughtfully designed with a lot of unique characteristics. Plus, it can be worn by mouth breathers and those with a latex allergy.
But you have a number of choices on the mouthpiece market. Our "best mouthpieces" list should help you compare your options.
Two other MADs that are possibilities are ZQuiet and Snore Medic. If you want to try a tongue retaining device that holds your tongue forward instead of your jaw then take a look at the Good Morning Snore Solution mouthpiece.
When choosing a mouthpiece, you should always make sure that the company you are working with is reputable and stands behind their product.
One of the best indicators is whether the company lists an address and phone number that reaches an actual customer service representative (and no robot attendant!).
You would think every product would be open about their location, but you would be surprised.
Apnea Sciences provides all the information you would need to feel comfortable about ordering, in addition to the information found in my SnoreRX complete review.
About Apnea Sciences
Apnea Sciences Corporation is an FDA medical device company founded by James Fallon in 2009. The company designs, develops, and sells sleep-related products and is headquartered in Aliso Viejo California. Its flagship product, SnoreRx, was released in 2012.
Apnea Sciences is best known for their two sleep appliances, SnoreRx and ApneaRx. While SnoreRx is an oral appliance that is FDA cleared for the reduction of snoring and can be purchased anywhere, ApneaRx is intended as a treatment for mild to moderate sleep apnea and requires a physician's prescription in the US.
Professionally Endorsed by Doctors
It always helps to have a respected dentist or doctor endorse an anti-snoring mouthpiece:
1. Gary Ewing - President of San Diego Dental Lab
2. Dr. Robert L. Mandell – Periodontist
FDA Registered Company
Apnea Sciences is a registered medical device company, which means that the company must meet rigorous standards by the US Food and Drug Administration to ensure its products are safe and effective for the general public.
All snoring mouthpieces available in the US are classified as medical devices must be registered with the FDA, list their products, and be subject to regular audits. Unfortunately, many of the anti snoring mouthpieces that are available online today do not comply with federal regulations.
It is critical to evaluate whether the product you purchase is FDA registered to ensure you are protected.
SnoreRx is also a Doctor Trusted product. It was reviewed by Dr. Daniel Hanley out of Chicago, Illinois, and was issued a certificate on November 5, 2013.
DoctorTrusted.org is a popular consumer production organization that evaluates science-based health claims, ethical pricing and return and refund policies. SnoreRx received an A rating.
BBB rating: A
Company History: Apnea Sciences was founded in 2009, and launched SnoreRx in 2012.
27121 Aliso Creek Road #140
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Phone Number: 1-949-680-2770
SnoreRx is a mandibular advancement device (MAD). It treats snoring by shifting the position of your lower jaw forward.
This prevents the soft tissue of the throat from obstructing your airway. It has FDA approval for use as a snoring reduction device.
All good MADs are customizable, with most using the boil and bite method. SnoreRX stands out because after this boil and bite process you have further customizable options.
You can alter the position of the lower jaw in 1mm increments. This allows you to have both comfort and effective snoring reduction.
The majority of the reviews of the SnoreRX describe it as an effective and comfortable product. I fact, it's at the top of our list of the best anti-snoring mouthpieces. In fact, we've had several doctors (plus li'l ol' me) review it here:
The great news is that this fantastic product is now available at CVS. Some of their stores are now carrying the SnoreRX.
It is the same as the online product but, you can pick it up in store. Not all branches are carrying it, so it’s worth checking their website before you make a trip out to get one.
CVS is also offering the SnoreRX at a bargain price. It got rave reviews when it was selling at $99. CVS is selling it at $59.99. It is also part of a buy one, get one half price offer.
If you have been thinking about trying this mouthpiece, then now is your chance. You are not going to find it at a better price than this.
This mouthpiece has proven to be effective at reducing snoring and is a promising treatment for sleep apnea. As with all MADs, it can take some getting used to and may cause some jaw soreness when first used.
If you are looking to reduce your snoring and improve your sleep, then picking up a SnoreRx from CVS while it is being sold at this great discount is an easy decision.
Update: SnoreRx has provided a link that automatically places my coupon code in your cart. It should take off as much as 15% which you will see after completing the 1st page of the checkout. Exclusive SnoreRx Coupon, courtesy of SnoringHQ.
Our promo codes are available to make sure you get a great deal on an anti-snoring mouthpiece. Check this page when making your purchase to make sure you get the best SnoreRx discount available.
SnoreRx will change their offer frequently, but commonly offer a percentage discount (10%-30% off) or provide a buy one get one free deal. SnoreRX is already reasonably priced for such a customizable mouthpiece, but our discount makes it an even better deal for you.
Even when using the discount you are eligible for the great return policy of SnoreRx, where you will have the option to return it for a full refund for a period of time.
SnoreRx is a quality product with reasonable terms and my full review will tell you that it has become my number one choice. It may be the mouthpiece that suits your preferences, too.
As you can tell by looking at it, SnoreRX demands a little more attention devoted to cleaning than many other mandibular advancement devices (MADs).
Having 10 lower jaw settings to choose from is a huge benefit for this device, but on the other hand, every little notch can harbor bacteria, so it's vital that you are prepared to commit to cleaning your device every day. More details in our full review of the SnoreRx.
The makers of SnoreRX states that it only needs to be rinsed with warm water every day after you are done using it. It also needs to be left to dry completely before putting it away.
Warm water is not enough, though. Sure, it is fine for those mornings when you are running really late and then you can give it a good scrubbing later.
This can get a little pricey if you use an effervescent tablet daily, so at least aim to just do this twice a week. A good old-fashioned toothbrush and toothpaste is a suitable option, as well.
Again, no matter what you clean it with, it needs to air dry before placing it in a closed container. Never use ammonia, bleach, or any other type of abrasive cleaner on your device.
Taking SnoreRX Apart
SnoreRX is designed to stay together as one piece. However, once the lower jaw is past the sixth setting, the upper and lower trays can be pulled apart for cleaning purposes.
Never try to remove the soft pads that sit above the hard plastic. They are not made to be removed or replaced.
To reconnect the two trays back together, squeeze the sides and gently slide the lower tray back into position.
Update: Please see my iSonic Ultrasonic Cleaner Review. It works well for daily or weekly cleaning of most anti-snoring devices.
The biggest attraction to SnoreRX is its high level of customization (full review here). Not only do you fit the lower and upper trays to your teeth; you are also able to adjust the lower jaw placement by using 10 different settings that are each 1 millimeter apart.
As exciting as this is, some people are intimidated by these characteristics. Rest-assured that fitting and adjusting SnoreRX is easier than you think.
Custom Fit SnoreRX
To custom fit SnoreRX, you are going to need a pot, bowl, and a slotted spoon or tongs. Bring a pot of water to a boil and remove from heat.
Drop your snoring mouthpiece in there for 90 seconds and then remove using a spoon or tongs. Wait a few seconds for it to cool slightly, and then place in your mouth.
The hot water makes the oral appliance pliable. Bite down into the softened material for 30 seconds. This is enough time to create and leave an impression.
Remove your mouthpiece and place in a bowl of ice water for about a minute. The cold water will speed up the hardening process. Try your mouthpiece to make sure a deep impression of your teeth has been left.
This will help it fit better and make it comfortable to wear all night. If you are not happy with the results, you can repeat the process up to three times without compromising the integrity of the mandibular advancement device (MAD).
Hold the upper tray of your SnoreRX with two hands, and then use your thumbs to simultaneously push the sides forward. The tray will click one notch at a time. If you squeeze the sides of the tray at the same time the locking system will disengage, allowing the upper tray to be moved.
However, the makers of SnoreRX recommend moving the lower piece rather than the upper one. Always make sure you look at the Calibrator to make sure the setting is the same on both sides.
The customization and adjustability factors are probably what attracted you to SnoreRX in the first place. You have likely read or been told that these features are beneficial, but do you really understand what makes them so great? Below are a few benefits you can look forward to from these two characteristics.
Using the boil-and-bite method, you are able to leave an impression of your teeth in the softened trays. There are actually a few benefits of doing this.
Jaw Advancement Calibrator
As you know, SnoreRx allows you to make incremental changes to the lower jaw position of the mouthpiece. Not only does this provide maximum comfort; it increases effectiveness. Interestingly, these are not the only benefits though.
Since the Jaw Advancement Calibrator offers 1 millimeter changes in the lower jaw positioning it ensures against temporomandibular joint disorder. This very essential joint hinges your jaw to your skull in front of each ear.
If you injure this joint, you can experience tenderness in the face, neck, shoulders, and ears. You may hear a popping or clicking sound when you move your mouth, and you might experience difficulty chewing and discomfort swallowing.
Some even experience headaches, toothaches, dizziness, hearing problems, ringing in the ears, and neck aches.
Since SnoreRX allows for such tiny changes in positioning, you are never at risk of having to hold your mouth in a position that is slightly uncomfortable. A tiny bit may not seem like much, but when your mouth is in that position for eight hours it can be a big deal.
Learn more about the pros and cons of SnoreRX with my SnoreRx Mouthpiece Review.