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A complete review of SnoreRx Oral appliance (2015/2016 update)

My experience using the SnoreRx

 

my reviewI recently had a chance to review the new SnoreRx which has now replaced the original version after it was criticized for its incredibly large size. The redesigned version addresses the issue of being too bulky by reducing the overall size of the mouthpiece, especially in the molar area.

After making improvements to the original design, the manufacturer now claims to be the undisputed best-in-class stop snoring mouthpiece. Does it really stand up to these claims? I put the new SnoreRx to the test and documented the results along the way.

The initial fitting process

The SnoreRx arrived neatly packed in a small box and comes complete with instructions. In order to fit this mouthpiece, you will need the following materials:

  • The device
  • A mug of boiling hot water
  • A mug of cold water
  • Tongs to retrieve your mouthpiece
  • A stopwatch

Here are the steps involved in fitting the device:

  1. Fill a mug with boiling hot water. Carefully drop the device in and allow to rest for 60 seconds.
  2. Remove the SnoreRx using a pair of tongs and give it a quick dip into a mug filled with cold water for 2-3 seconds.
  3. Open wide and place the entire unit into your mouth with the “UPPER” marking facing up. Bite down and hold for 30 seconds.
  4. Remove the mouthguard and immediately drop it into cold water. Leave for 60 seconds.
  5. Remove from cold water and check the fit
  6. Try the device for a night. If snoring sounds continue, adjust the lower tray setting by squeezing the sides and then moving the tray. (See video below.)

I found the fitting process to be rather simple, taking less than 5 minutes total. I was able to achieve a close fit on my first attempt. The instructions state that you can try up to 3 times if you don’t have success the first time. Keep in mind that heating and cooling the device more than 3 times can weaken the material and render it useless.

Immediately after taking the impression I adjusted the setting to 5 mm before trying it out the first night.

How did it work?

question2I’ve been working the overnight shift lately so this gave my wife the perfect opportunity to observe my snoring habits. While asleep she checked in throughout the first night (her day) and did not hear a single sound. Instant success!

Upon rising, I noticed a bit of tenderness in my jaw from being stretched overnight. Before going to bed the following night, I reduced the advancement by 1 mm to 4 mm. This position felt more natural and comfortable. After another night of heavy sleeping, my wife reported absolutely no snoring sounds coming from the bedroom. In the morning my jaw was no longer tender and the snoring was gone.

I decided to test the device for an additional 6 nights and had experienced success night after night. Overall it was incredibly effective and comfortable to wear.

Very few of its kind

teamThe SnoreRx is a MAD that actually allows advancement adjustment. Most devices move the jaw forward to a position that may or may not be comfortable or effective. This device allows forward adjustments up to 10mm which is nearly 1/2″. The manufacturer recommends that you begin using the device in the 4mm-5mm setting range before making any adjustments for a more comfortable fit.

In addition to the incremental forward adjustments feature, you are also able to create a custom mold that conforms to the shape of your teeth. The SnoreRx offers similar boil and bite technology commonly found with other oral appliances. Simply drop the device in boiling water for 60 seconds, remove and cool slightly then take an impression of the teeth by biting down. Have a bowl of ice water handy to drop it in once formed.

The newer SnoreRx  features a thin inner frame that is both ridged and durable. The unique frame allows you to make small incremental tray adjustments by “ratcheting” it forward and back.

Longevity is also a selling feature that several companies rarely talk about. This product is created from a medical-grade copolymer, making it both durable and long lasting. They claim that one should expect for it to last anywhere from 12 to 15 months. Several similar products last less than a year and often only 4-6 months. Since some non-prescription MAD’s are relatively expensive, this is an important factor that one should take into consideration.

How much is it?

cost comparisonExpect to pay a bit more for a product that offers so many features. The SnoreRx currently retails for $99.00 plus $6.95 for standard United States Postal Service shipping .  Overall cost shipped to your door comes to around $106.00.

FDA cleared, BPA Free

FDA clearOne consideration that should be examined when shopping around for a MAD is whether or not it’s FDA cleared and BPA free.

Devices such as the SnoreRx are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration as a class II medical device. Prior to selling any such device, a manufacturer is required to obtain this FDA clearance. In doing so, the government is ensuring consumer safety. Keep in mind, not all products that are being sold in the United States are FDA cleared.

Also, some mouthpieces (often less expensive) may contain a controversial harmful toxic chemical known as BPA.

The manufacturer of the SnoreRx claims that their product is both FDA cleared and BPA free. After checking the FDA database, I was able to confirm that it was cleared in Nov 2011 and is currently registered.

Consumer feedback

feedbackAn overwhelming majority of people who have tried this product agree that it is comfortable and easy to use. Most experience immediate results and are happy with their purchase.

On the other hand there are some complains that have also surfaced online. The most common complaint has to do with shipping and billing. In older online reviews predating 2015, some individuals with smaller mouths found it to be too large and difficult to keep in their mouth overnight although this complaint seems to have been resolved with the latest updated version that was released in 2015. Others have reported oral discomfort for the first 2-5 days of use. This is typical with most devices and should eventually disappear.

Should I buy SnoreRx or try something else?

Green Check MarkThere is no doubt that this stop snoring device is well designed and functional but does this mean you should hand over the $106.00 and give it a try?

The SnoreRx is one of the few MAD’s available without a prescription which allows you to adjust the position of your lower jaw. This combined with the custom boil and bite feature allows for better fit when compared to other products on the market. Its design mimics oral appliances that are available from a dentist with a prescription. Most MAD’s that are prescribed are used to treat obstructive sleep apnea and should not be confused with this product and other OTC stop snoring products.

As for the inventor and his credentials, there is very little information available. There are however several medical professionals who support this product which gives it credibility.

According to the companies website, the SnoreRx is endorsed by Dr. Robert Lebby of Laguna Beach, CA who is board certified in sleep medicine. Dr. Lebby is quoted saying the following:

“Intraoral appliances, or mouthguards, that can be micro calibrated to the needs of the patient have a proven history of effectiveness for treating snoring and sleep apnea.”

The SnoreRx is also endorsed by Dr. Robert  L. Mandell a periodontist  in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts who is quoted saying:

“The patented Micro-Fit feature allows for a custom precise fit in 1mm increments to meet the needs of the individual patient. Only SnoreRx offers this critical patented feature. I would never prescribe an oral appliance that did not offer this.”

The price appears to be fair considering the complexity of its construction and its ability to last for a long time in comparison to other MAD’s that are available.

I was very impressed with the quality and the ease of use. It’s the only custom molded MAD on the market that can be adjusted over and over with no tools required. It’s well constructed and should easily last the 12-15 months as recommended by the manufacturer.

After closely examining the SnoreRx myself and then comparing this information to what actual customers are saying, The SnoreRx receives my approval on the basis of comfort, adjustability, and durability.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • One of the only adjustable MAD’s available online
  • Can adjust in 1 mm increments up to 10 mm
  • Large breather hole at front
  • Newly redesigned and thinner than previous model
  • Endorsed by medical professionals
  • FDA cleared & BPA free
  • 12-15 month lifespan
  • 30 day money back guarantee

Cons

  • Higher than average expense

Which mouthpiece should I buy?

The anti-snoring mouthpiece is one of the most highly effective stop snoring solutions available. With over 100 different products to choose from, deciding which one to buy can be challenging.

As a snorer and product reviewer, I have tried many of these devices and created a list of recommended devices that will help to make this decision much easier.

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