The Therasnore Mouthpiece – Does it Live up to the Hype?
Oh, how I have tried to cure myself of snoring. Nasal strips, nasal spray, acupressure, dieting – I’ve tried every known remedy and treatment. I was officially at the bottom of the snore-cure bucket, and it was time to put aside my prejudices and give the Therasnore Mouthpiece a try, in the hopes of finally getting an entire night of sleep.
The verdict? I wish I’d tried it years ago!
What is it?
The Therasnore is a Mandibular Advancement Device (or MAD), a contraption that works by sitting in the mouth and gently holding forward the jaw and tongue while you sleep. The idea is that this opens up the throat and clears any obstruction from the airways, which results in smooth, soundless breathing. The company’s website boasts a 93% success rate when using this mouthpiece, a claim that seems to be supported by the fact that this is one of the world’s most popular MADs. I was sold!
I went for the adjustable Therasnore, which is customizable after fitting and has five different jaw extension settings. To custom mold the Therasnore I had to separate the upper and lower jaw pieces, this is quite hard as the pieces are stuck together when they first ship. Next, each part of the mouthpiece must be molded in hot water, but separately. They give detailed instructions when they ship it, but there are fifteen steps to follow. With both the upper and lower jaw pieces all set up and ready to go, I was excited to try it out that night.
I had expected to be totally unable to sleep when wearing a mouthpiece but was pleasantly surprised to find that I drifted off just as easily as usual. The device is far more comfortable than you might expect, not too bulky or intrusive-feeling, and the custom fit meant that no bits were sticking into my mouth or rubbing against my gums. The mouthpiece fits firmly, but the material is soft and gentle on the gums, so the overall comfort was a welcome surprise.
I woke up feeling refreshed and well rested, which was a promising sign. But had it worked? I rolled over to find my wife not only still in the same bed, but still sound asleep and not glaring reproachfully up at me from her pillow! I quickly shook her awake to ask how she’d slept… and she HAD slept! Apparently, I hadn’t snored all night, not even slightly. We were both overjoyed!
My jaw, admittedly, was a little sore that first morning, though not enough to discourage me from continuing to use the mouthpiece, given the success of that first night. The soreness persevered for a few days, but by night five the mouthpiece had started to feel like second nature, and my jaw was no longer complaining.
Two weeks in and I don’t know how I lived without it, or why it took me so long to get around to buying one! My snoring has ceased, the Therasnore is now so comfortable that it feels like it was made to sit in my mouth (which, technically, it was) and my wife and I are both happy and better rested than we have been in years.
So, should you buy one yourself? To help you decide, here are the pros and cons of my personal experience:
Would I recommend the Therasnore? Absolutely! I found this mouthpiece to be comfortable, professionally designed, and (most importantly) highly effective. My quality of sleep has improved tenfold, and the knock-on effects in my day-to-day life are significant. I’m more alert, my relationships have improved, and even my general mood has taken an upswing. I wish I’d tried it years ago! Give the Therasnore mouthpiece a try.
I used to annoy my wife and two kids with my snoring, but no longer! Now I blog about different devices and techniques for stopping snoring.