Since 1999, Snoremate has helped thousands of snoring suffers kick their bad habit. This simple device is constructed from thermoplastic materials and works by gently pulling your lower jaw slightly in front of your upper jaw. The result is a less restrictive air passage that does not give way as air rushes past it. This snoring prevention tactic has been used for over 2 decades now as snoring is becoming increasingly prevalent in the United States.
Snoremate description and specifications
The actual device resembles a mouthguard that is often used by athletes to prevent damage to their teeth. Being constructed of a thermoplastic material, it can be molded at home to fit over the ridges of your teeth and gum line.
Molding the Snoremate is a simple process that involves dipping the piece in hot water for 12 seconds, inserting into the mouth while moving the jaw slightly forward and sucking all of the air out. After a few seconds in your mouth, remove and place in ice cold water. The manufacturer recommends that you leave the attached tab for a couple nights before removing it with a pair of scissors. Leaving this behind will allow you to remold the appliance if you find that snoring persist due to lack jaw advancement.
One of the first things that you may notice is the lack of an air hole for breathing. While several other offer this feature, Snoremate left it out because of side effects such as airway dryness and noise issues. While these are valid points, the absence of breather holes can be problematic for sinus suffers or those who have a cold and have a blockage in their sinus cavities.
This is a one size fits all apparatus that can be used by either men or women. However, it (or any other MAD) is not recommended for use by children. The main reason is due to interference with growth of the mouth structure. In addition to the age restriction, those who wear braces or dentures should not use this product. Also, those with teeth, gum or jaw issues should avoid use.
The makers of Snoremate claim an 80% rate of effectiveness which corresponds with several clinical studies that were completed on MAD’s and snoring prevention. While other manufactures are claiming 95% or 98% customer satisfaction, (no the same as rate of effectiveness) they are surprisingly honest with their claims. Anyone interested in trying this type of gadget to prevent snoring should have realistic expectations. Depending on the severity of your snoring, it may or may not work. Keep in mind that it does come with a 30 day money back guarantee.
While the ideal mouthpiece would last a lifetime, this is nearly impossible due to the nature of the product. It is important to choose a material that will be soft enough to be comfortable yet durable enough to last for a reasonable amount of time. Unfortunately, the Snoremate fell slightly short in this aspect. The manufacturer clearly states that you should replace your piece every 3 to 4 months as the materials stretch out and allow the lower jaw to move back into its original position.
You are given the option to purchase either 1 or 2 mouth guards from the manufacturer. The cost of one is $36.99 while two cost $44.99. Both are currently being offered with no shipping charges. If you purchase 2, the overall per unit price is $22.50. This is substantially below the average selling price of comparable items.
User reviews: What are people who actually purchased it saying?
Most who have tried this product can agree that it is effective at preventing snoring. Married couples are reporting sleeping in the same bed together for the first time in years. Others claim to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to conquer the world.
There are however others (likely the other 20%) who claimed the Snoremate did nothing for their snoring and gave them a sore jaw in the morning.
Others report excessive salivation in their sleep and sensitive teeth after using. Similar side effects have been reported while using other over the counter MAD’s. Remember that no oral appliance is perfect and they all have at least some issue.
Of all manufactures who sell anti-snoring devices, this company is by far the most honest when it comes to truth in advertising. While this may drive away some potential customers, it enables others to have realistic expectations of the performance of their product.
I find the Snoremate to be constructed in a similar fashion as other mouth gear available on the market. Lets break it down and examine the pros and cons.
- 80% effective when it comes to snoring prevention.
- Can be molded in your home without going to the dentist or sending off to a lab
- Soft thermoplastic material makes wearing comfortable
- At $22.50 (when purchased in quantities of 2) it provides value
- Can also be used as a mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding
- 14 years in busineess means you are dealing with a comitted business
- Life expectancy is 3-4 months
- Can not be used with nasal blockage
While the longevity of the product is fairly short, this is made up for by the lower than average price. I would recommend purchasing 2 at a time in order to get the most bang for your buck.
As for nose breathers, sorry, you are out of luck. Since this product does not permit breathing through the mouth you must depend on your nose for breathing.
Anyone who has a mild to moderate snoring problem may want to consider this inexpensive option and perhaps move up to a better built model down the road.
One such product that I recommend is the Zquiet which costs a few dollars more but is well worth it. I own one of these and have had incredible results. Here’s an excellent comprehensive review that I wrote which highlights my experience using this product.
The Zquiet is on of my favorites because it allows you to move your mouth freely to take a sip of water or even speak. It’s quite compact and unlike the Snoremate, it doesn’t require you to boil and take an impression. I simply used mine straight out of the box without doing any modifications. Like all other mandibular advancement devices, it works the same by holding your lower jaw forward as you sleep to prevent your throat tissue from flopping around.
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.