Published On: Sun, May 6th, 2018

Top 3 Doctor Rated Anti-Snoring Devices of 2018

Published On: 20th May 2018
Last Updated On: 21st May 2018

Over a 3-month period, 27 members of our medical editorial team interviewed doctors and reviewed 57 anti-snoring devices in all categories: mouth-guards, tongue devices, chin straps, nose vents, and more.

Here are our top 3 picks, reported by our medical editor Jason Clarke.

Disclaimer: Us Medical Times is a non-profit site reporting 3rd party results, we are NOT getting paid by these companies.

#1 Zen Sleep’s ‘ZenGuard’ Tongue Retaining Device

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What’s a Tongue Retaining Device?

Tongue retaining devices (TRDs) are designed to hold the tongue forward while sleeping to prevent the tongue from obstructing the airway.

By keeping the tongue forward while sleeping, the TRD prevents the tongue from collapsing against the back of your throat.

Decreased muscle tone in the back of the mouth is often the cause of tongue collapse. A tongue collapse often results in sleep disturbing snoring.

Prior to 2017, MADs (mouth-guards) were generally the top sellers. But now with Zen Sleep’s new tongue retaining device “ZenGuard” working so well the trend is shifting.

UPDATE: Monday, 21st May 2018 Zen Sleep is currently doing a Buy One Get One FREE (BOGO) Offer on their official website, but the sale ends tonight.

Doctors and experts in the snoring industry agree, that TRDs will be the top selling devices by 2018, and Zen Sleep is currently the fastest growing anti-snoring device company in the entire snoring industry.

What’s crazy is that the company was started in 2017, and they have already disrupted a “sleepy giant” industry.

Advantages

  • Top doctor-recommended TRD on the market based on 50 doctors we interviewed
  • Fastest growing, highest selling anti-snoring device of 2017 (company launched in 2017)
  • Stops snoring the first night

Disadvantages

  • Usually takes 7-14 days to really get used to the extra pressure on your tongue
  • May cause a little extra drool

 

#2 SnorRx

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.

The only big problem with most MADs is they pull the jaw too much forward and cause TMJ. Over 25% of the candidates agreed that they could feel their jaw was slightly sore in the morning.

Update: This review was updated on January 25, 2017, with the latest version of SnoreRx and SnoreRx is currently on sale for $99

Advantages

  • Flex-Jaw design can be adjusted in ten one-millimeter increments.
  • Calibrator makes it easy to read the settings and to determine the amount of jaw advancement.
  • Posi-Lock feature locks in your selected settings. So, if you take it apart while cleaning, it will reset.
  • V-Flow technology allows you to breathe through your mouth while sleeping. This is a terrific feature for individuals with sinus problems, a deviated septum, and nasal polyps.
  • Boil-and-bite technology achieves a custom fit

Disadvantages

  • The intricate design requires additional cleaning effort.
  • The mouthpiece can’t be worn by individuals with dentures or bridges. Not recommended for those with dental implants that are less than one-year-old.
  • May cause TMJ, sensitivity and drooling until you are accustomed to wearing it.

#3 ZQuiet

Pros and Cons

Although I am quite fond of ZQuiet, it is important that you are aware of all the positive and negative points of the device to make an educated decision.  It’s definitely better than most, but I have a few complaints as well.

Advantages

  • Medical grade material is soft and non-irritating, and doesn’t contain BPA or latex.
  • Living Hinge Technology makes the mouthpiece flexible, so you can move your mouth and speak while wearing it.
  • Airflow ports keep your mouth slightly open to allow adequate airflow while you sleep.
  • ZQuiet is designated a class II medical device by the FDA
  • Only payment for shipping is collected upfront, and then the $79.95 gets charged 35 days later, if you don’t return it.

Disadvantages

  • One-size-fits-all won’t fit everyone. Although it can be cut and filed if it is too big, there isn’t an option if it’s too small.
  • Not recommended to wear with dentures or loose or weak teeth.
  • May cause TMJ (jaw soreness), especially if you are not used to wearing an oral device.
  • According to other reviews (I read online), a number of customers feel it doesn’t have a long enough lifespan before it needs to be replaced.
  • If you return the device, shipping charges do not get refunded.

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Are you still looking for the best snoring mouthpiece? Read on.

 

There are several mouth piece products in the market that you can buy. Also known as Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) or Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD), the anti snore mouthpieces work by repositioning the lower jaw forward to make breathing easier.

The mouthpieces have a tongue stabilizing device (TSD) that keeps the tongue forward. This makes it easier for you to breathe while sleeping. There are also hybrid devices that use both tongue stabilizing and jaw advancement techniques.

These aforementioned are the three major devices that are medically certified as remedies for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

These are three different products. However, each manufacturer will want to convince you that theirs device is your best shot at stopping snoring. So, how can you tell which anti snoring device works and which one doesn’t? Can you identify the best anti snoring device for you?

When I was researching to find the best snoring mouthpiece, I couldn’t help but notice most products were being sold in a twin pack. The mouthpiece products were being sold as “buy one, get one free”. We know this is normally just a marketing strategy. Manufacturers offer free products for the price of one to make the customer feel like they are getting a discount. In reality, the companies are usually just selling the snoring mouthpieces at a regular price. The strategy enables them to sell more anti snoring devices.

From my research, I found a number of devices that make it in the list the best snoring mouthpiece devices. Check the table below for an overview of the mouthpieces.

Why Choose Anti-Snoring Mouthpiece?

Hey there, I’m Robert, founder, and editor here at Snore Nation. I used to be a heavy snorer and only after my wife kicked me out of the bedroom I realized the seriousness of my snoring problem. I decided to take control of my life and started my research. I’m on a mission now to share my insider tips with all of you… Read more about me here.

Robert J Hudson

I’ve been trying, researching and reviewing a whole lot of mouthpieces and other snoring remedies for many years now and it continues as an integral part of my daily life.

In my experience the best way to improve your sleep and prevent snoring FAST is by using a snoring mouthpiece that has been designed for the perfect fit. The following list of anti-snoring devices are highly rated amongst users, have had a successful performance rate, positive consumer reports, and did work, in one way or another in my own tests, reducing or stopping the snoring completely.

In line with my commitment to highlight and bring only the best snoring solutions to you, year after year, I’ve further updated my recommended anti-snoring mouthpiece’s list. It reflects the best stop snoring devices available in the marketplace today, in terms of effectiveness, quality, price and user-friendliness.

What Causes Snoring?

Snoring is caused by the partial blockage of airways
It is important to know the causes of snoring to use the right tool to tackle your snoring problem.

Snoring is caused by the partial blockage of airways, which can happen anywhere from the nose to the throat, or near the back of the tongue. The blockage can happen while awake, and worsen during sleep.

When you are sleeping your muscles are more relaxed, making it easier for the airflow to make the softened tissues vibrate; tissues gradually become softer as deeper sleeping stages are achieved.
Many different factors can cause snoring and sleep apnea, such as:

  • Aging: with age we lose muscle tone everywhere, including in our throat, making it easier for vibrate to occur and make snoring sounds
  • Being over-weight: lack of exercise, over eating or bad eating habits causing weight gain can partially block your throat by making it bulkier
  • Alcohol and sleeping pills: both of these will relax your muscles, making them more likely to vibrate
  • Smoking: every additional cigarette you smoke irritates the airways in your nose and throat, which may cause them to swell, effectively blocking air paths
  • Breathing through your mouth: Mouth breathers are more likely to snore since when breathing, the airflow directly hits the back of the throat, which can cause the tissues there to vibrate. On the other hand when breathing through your nose, air passes along the curved region above the soft palate, going directly into the throat without causing much turbulence.
  • Obstruction of nasal airways: not only does a stuffy nose make you more likely to breathe through your mouth, but nasal congestion can make you snore in and of itself (when forcing air through your blocked nose, it increases turbulence in your nasal tissues)
  • Allergies: different allergies can cause snoring, or simply cause nasal congestion
  • Different sleeping positions: different sleeping positions make you more or less likely to snore (when on your side, you are less likely to snore)

Top 3 Nasal Dilators for Snoring

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There is nothing more frustrating than drifting off to sleep only to be woken up 45 minutes later by the rumbling growl of a snoring partner. Not only does the sound of a snoring partner interrupt your sleep, but snoring is also disruptive to the general health of your partner. Snoring may cause ongoing throat or sinus issues, emotional irritation, and fatigue, the latter to both partners. Thankfully, medical science is on the case and there has been a recent spate of anti-snoring technological advances to help you get a much-needed night of sleep.

couple trying to sleep

Nasal Dilators have become the next thing in snoring prevention. These small disposable dilators do exactly that; stent and dilate the nostrils to allow for clearer breathing during sleep.  Sleepers who know their snoring is brought on by nighttime nasal congestion, sinus issues and medical conditions such as a deviated septum respond well to nasal dilators. Other contributors to snoring, such as soft palate vibration, may not respond as well to snoring aids such as dilators.

Not all dilators are the same however and not all are made to the same exacting standards as the top dilators currently available. The following nasal dilators represent the top three in regard to value for money, comfort, and effectiveness.

Mute Snoring

The signature ‘U’ shaped Mute Snoring dilator has undergone extensive testing and results indicate significant benefits for snorers. Over 75% of surveyed respondents reported less snoring, less severe snoring and better overall sleep quality.

The Mute Snoring dilator comes in different sizes and it is important to select the correct size to ensure a good fit and to avoid the dilator slipping out at night. The ribbed paddles of the Mute Snoring dilator set it apart from its competitors by cushioning the nostril comfortably and lessening the chance of it moving out of place during the night.

Like all nasal dilators, for optimal results, it is recommended your Mute Snoring dilator is replaced after a given period for hygiene reasons and to ensure the shape of the dilator hasn’t altered through wear. Mute Snoring dilators are higher priced than the competition, however, they have a robust clinical trial to back up their effectiveness.

Sleep Right’s Intra-Nasal Breathing Aid

Sleep Right’s Intra-Nasal Breathing Aid’s flesh colored dilator looks quite different to most dilators and flexes so it’s one size is suitable for all nose types. The Sleep Right Breathing Aid was the inevitable next step for the company who have had a long and successful history of nasal strips to aid in nasal breathing during the night.

The Intra-Nasal Breathing Aid inserts into the nose and gently opens the nasal passages to provide freedom from nasal congestion and clear airways. Like the Mute Snoring dilator, the Sleep Right Intra-Nasal Breathing Aid is recommended to be disposed of after a period. Packs of three can be purchased at a reasonable price on the internet or over-the-counter.

Although there have been limited clinical trials regarding the effectiveness of the Sleep Right Breathing Aid initial reviews by users of the product look positive and promising.

Snore Care Nose Vents

At first glance, the Snore Care Nose Vents appear similar to most nasal dilators on the market, however, Snore Care’s ribbed, hollow tunnels are as unique to the dilator market as Sleep Right’s Intra-Nasal Breathing Aid. Snore Care’s Nose Vents are made of a medical grade silicon for easy insertion and a comfortable fit while remaining discreetly tucked inside the nostrils.

The claims by Snore Care that their Nose Vents can reduce snoring by not only opening the nasal passage but also by limiting the vibration of the soft palate are what make these dilators truly interesting. These claims suggest their dilator system takes a two-pronged attack on snoring, indicating a better result of eliminating snoring and fewer interruptions to your all-important sleep stages.

Available in four sizes, the Snore Care Nose Vents require correct sizing to feel the benefits of the product, however, their set of four Nose Vents dilators and free carry case can be purchased for a very reasonable price online.

It is important  to understand the cause of your (or your partner’s) snoring to determine if it is due mostly to nasal congestion in which case a dilator may work wonders, or whether there is soft palate vibration involved.

Although we would do nearly anything for a peaceful night of quality sleep, do your research before buying any anti-snoring product.

Guide to Buying a Snoring Mouthpiece

There are a number of things you need to keep in mind when looking for an anti snoring device. Following the tips below will help you find the best snoring mouthpiece for you.

Quality and Type Material

Consider the materials used to manufacture the snoring mouthpiece. You will be wearing the device for about 8 hours. Thus, you don’t want any products that can affect your health. Some materials used to make anti snoring mouthpieces can be harmful. For example, Bisphenol A (BPA) has been controversial for its long term health effects when used for food and beverage packaging.

Today, most anti-snoring device manufactures advertise their products as BPA-free. However, if you research well, you might find that this is a lie. Some low-end products manufactured abroad have traces of plastics that might contain BPA.

Also, check the products for presence of latex. Almost 3 million Americans are latex sensitive. Some people also react to silicone. Silicone is commonly used in manufacture of mouthpiece items like dentures. In fact, most dental thermoplastics have silicone. Therefore, do your research well.

Adjustability and Comfort

Since you are looking for a snoring solution, you do not want a device that will solve the problem but cause another discomfort. In most cases, discomfort is caused by the material used to make the snoring device. Some materials make it difficult for the gadget to be adjusted.

Choose MAD devices with a low jaw adjustment capability. The best snoring mouthpiece devices use “boil and bite” technology. To use these mouthpieces, you have to boil and then cool them for a recommended time. After cooling, insert the device and bite down, putting in slight pressure. The device will retain the shape of your teeth. This means they will be custom fit. Custom-fit snoring mouthpieces allow you to reposition your jaw backwards or forward until you feel comfortable.

Unlike MADs that use boil and bite technology, most TSDs (Tongue Stabilizing Devices) are made to be one-size-fits-all. TSDs are not ideal as people’s teeth and mouth shapes vary. MADs are therefore the better option.

Alternatively, you can opt for a dental impression kit. Various anti snoring solutions like ProSnore and SleepPro 2 come packaged with this kit. The kit usually contains molding clay and a mouth tray. Using the kit is simple: place the clay in the tray, and then chomp down and release to create an impression of your teeth mouth surface. You will have to mail the kit to a lab for the custom mouthpiece to be manufactured. Custom kits are more expensive than out of the box anti snoring devices. Moreover, they also take several weeks to be made.

Durability

From the chart above, the average life span of most TSDs and MADs is 6-12 months. Some manufactures even recommend replacing the device after 3 months of use! While the period of comfortable use will vary depending on the user, this recommended time is far less than one would expect or wish.

Snorers who grind their teeth are often disappointed with durability of the devices. Manufacturers recommend teeth grinding snorers should replace their gadgets often than those who don’t grind.

Some manufacturers also raise eyebrows with the materials they use to manufacture the devices. For example, if a company proclaims a 90-days life span for its device, I would be very worried. The quality of the materials used would definitely be low for such a low lifespan. Don’t also get shocked by the low prices of such products.

If you buy cheap anti snoring devices, you will be disappointed. This is because you will have to replace the gadget even more than 4 times in a year. This will be more costly than if you had purchased a superior, longer-lasting mouthpiece at a higher price.

Breathing Space

Although most people ignore this factor while shopping for snoring mouthpieces, it is important to consider it. The downside of having a breathing hole in a mouthpiece is that it produces a whistling sound that sounds like a snore. However, for people who have a clinical condition that prevents air from flowing through their nasal cavity, sinus issues, or those that have to sleep with their mouth open to breath should especially consider mouthpieces with breathing holes. The holes will make oral breathing easier.

A good anti snoring mouthpiece model should have a breathing hole that is balanced with the size of the gadget. If the hole is too small, less oxygen will come through. This will make you uncomfortable. On the other hand, a considerably large breathing hole will make you to open your mouth.

Price

Cost is another factor to consider before making a purchase. When I first considered purchasing a stop snore device, I was tempted to settle for the cheapest in the market. Which I would have, had I not considered the other factors. Most mouthpiece products cost between 35$ and 200$. This is if we are not talking about custom made mouthpieces like the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP 3). TAP devices are more expensive and could go into $1000 plus.

In the end, I did a cost-benefit analysis and figured out that actually the expensiveness or cheapness of the product didn’t matter. What really mattered is how best it will serve you. My advice? If you can afford it, go for a product that wholly meets your personal requirements. If you can’t, go for a product that gives you value for the money you have.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people snore?
There is a tissue at the back side of the mouth called the Uvula. When this tissue touches the throat tissue, the air passage is temporarily blocked. The two tissues vibrate against each other and cause the “snoring sounds”.

Other factors like nasal obstruction (nasal polyps or deviated septum), overgrown tonsils, being in very deep sleep or use of sleeping pills, excessive alcohol intake or even being overweight can also cause snoring.

What are stop snoring devices”?

These are devices recommended by dentists and sleep professionals that help eliminate the sounds produced when a person snores . These devices include Tongue Stabilizing Devices (TSD) and Mandibular Advancement Devices.

How do MADs work to help stop snoring?

Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) or Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) are the gadget often recommended for people who snore. One is required to fit the device in their mouth before sleeping. When fitted between the upper and lower teeth, the device moves the mandibular (lower jaw) forward. When this happens, the tissues and muscles in the upper airway are tightened and narrow the airway. This makes the snoring sounds to stop.

MADs are popular in Canada, The United Kingdom and the United States.

How do tongue stabilizing devices work?

A tongue stabilizing device (TSD) resembles a pacifier. The device is fitted loosely at the tip of the tongue to prevent it from coming into contact with the back of the throat and obstruct breathing.

There is a bulb at the end of the device that is squeezed to make it attach to the tongue before it’s positioned at the tip. Once the required position has been achieved, the bulb is released. Releasing the bulb creates a vacuum that sucks the tongue into the device.

Many TSDs have double protruding tabs that rest on the outer lips. The tabs keep your tongue in a forward posture and the device in check. TSDs are not as popular as MADs. But when it comes to stopping snoring, the devices work just as well as MADs.

Can stop snoring devices work for me if I usually grind my teeth in sleep?

Yes, MADs can work for you. Most MAD models are designed with the same materials used for dental guards. And because you insert the device between your upper teeth and the lower ones, it will eliminate snoring while at the same time protecting your teeth from grinding. Note that I said some. So, you should check the specifications of the particular gadget you purchase.

Do anti snoring devices help in treatment of obstructive sleep apnea?

First, there are two different types of sleep apnea. The first is the obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This happens when the upper air passage is temporarily blocked. The second is the Central Sleep Apnea (CSA. This occurs when the brain fails to send instructions to the lungs to breathe, which causes short breath.

Sleep apnea is a more serious condition than snoring. It would therefore be dangerous to attempt treating the condition with an oral device. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, see a physician to do a proper diagnosis. The doctor may need to carry out a sleep study in the lab, a home sleep test, or both to come up with a conclusion and recommendations.

Do I need a doctor’s prescription to purchase a stop snoring product?

Stop snoring devices, MADs and TSDs are class II medical devices. This means you can only buy them if you have a prescription. But you can always acquire one through the “backdoor”; you can buy one online without displaying your prescription. This is nothing criminal as you will be covered by the Code of Federal Regulations clause “adequate directions for use”.

I can get discounted snoring mouthpieces on eBay. Are these safe to use?

Since we are talking about a health condition and a gadget you will have in your mouth for 8 hours or more, take no chances. It is tempting to purchase a cheap product, especially when you feel it will do the same job as a more expensive option.

The problem is that most of these products that sell for as low as even $5 are not authentic. Or you cannot confirm their authenticity. Most of them have no information about the materials used to make them, leave alone an FDA clearance. It will be risky trying them out.

This does not mean there are no legit mouthpieces on eBay. On the contrary, there are models from known companies that are relatively safe to use. The trick is to know which of these products are legit and which are not before taking advantage of the low price.

What’s the use lifespan for stop snoring mouthpieces?

Most mouthpieces last for 6-18 months. Some will last for shorter than this period, others for longer. The need to replace a mouth piece is determined by different factors. The greatest factor that determines the durability of a mouth piece is the type and quality of material used to make it.

Custom-fit mouthpieces made by dentists are of better quality. These mouthpieces last for years rather than months. Your sleeping habits will also determine the longevity of the snore mouthpiece. Sleepers who wear the device more regularly and those who grind their teeth when sleeping will need to replace their gadgets more often.

Will I be able to breathe through my mouth while wearing the device?
This will depend on the design of the snoring piece you purchase. Some models don’t have a breathing hole while others have. Take this factor into consideration before choosing a mouthpiece. Remember, gadgets with breathing holes also have their limitations.

Will the device work for me if I’m already wearing dentures?

Except for the Noiselezz II device, most MADs can’t be used by people with dentures. If you buy the Noiselezz II device, you will need your dentures on while sleeping. A better option for denture wearers is probably the Tongue Stabilizing Device (TSD). This mouthpiece will not compel you to wear your dentures while sleeping as it attaches to the tongue and rests outside the lips.

If I have TMJ, can I use an anti snore device?

Most manufactures warn against use of the TSDs or MADs by people with TMJ. The devices can worsen TMJ symptoms get worse. If you have TMJ, consult your dentist or doctor before using these products.

Will I be at risk of swallowing the device when sleeping?

Quality MADs that are FDA-approved, approved by the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (AU) or the Therapeutic Products Directorate (CA) have been certified not to be hazardous. These devices are safe for use and will not pose as a choking hazard. Nevertheless, you should take necessary precautions when sleeping.

How effective is a snore mouthpiece in treating snoring?

Some manufactures indicate their products are 98% effective. Others give a percentage of the user-satisfaction rate of their devices. However, no one can really assure you of this. Of course, there are factors that will contribute to the effectiveness and satisfaction of a particular gadget. These factors include the quality of the devices and the sleeping patterns of the user. Do your research well to get the best mouthpiece for your needs.

A study conducted in Belgium showed that 65% of snoring patients who used low-cost MADs saw an improvement in their snoring condition. This study concluded the mouthpiece was a viable solution to stop snoring. Other studies show an even higher success rate.

Are anti snore products safe for use by children?

Since children’s mouth and teeth are still developing, it is not advisable for them to use snoring mouthpieces. This is because both MADs and the TSDs can hinder development of the mouth and teeth.

What does “boil and bite” mean?

This term is commonly used to describe the technology used in MAD models. The technology enables users to custom fit the devices on their teeth. Uses have to place the snoring mouthpiece in hot boiling water for a few seconds, remove it and place it in cold water for a few seconds before putting it on. The mouthpiece has to be inserted between the teeth. After this, bite down to make an impression. When cooled, the mouthpiece will take the shape of the users’ teeth.

Apart from this, you can buy a dental impression kit. The kits have dental clays and a tray which make an impression on the teeth surface. After this, a custom piece is cast.

How many times can a boil and bite mouthpiece be remolded?

This will depend on the mouthpiece. Some manufacturers claim their snoring mouthpieces can be remolded up to five times. Generally, when the material used in boil and bite is heated and cooled repeatedly, it gets weak and starts breaking apart. It would be ideal if one could get a perfect fit on the very first time, as difficult as this may be. Be sure to follow the packaging instructions for the particular mouthpiece you have bought.

What does FDA clearance mean?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the body given the mandate of protecting USA citizens from fraudulent, inauthentic products. The department tests all biological products; drugs, food, cosmetics, medical devices and others to ensure they are safe for use before allowing them in the market. A quality mouthpiece or any stop snore product will have an FDA clearance.

Why does the online purchase require me to fill out a questionnaire?

Usually, you will be required to complete a form online before purchasing. The stores do this to be certain the product you want to buy will be right for you. Therefore, answer all the questions honestly. Online stores also require buyers to fill questionnaires for legal purposes.

Conclusion

There are over 100 stop snoring mouthpiece devices in the market today. This makes it challenging to know the best snoring mouthpiece to buy. Make sure the device you choose has an FDA clearance. Moreover, the materials used to manufacture it should be stated. Also, follow the manufacturer’s instructions on using the mouthpiece.

Remember, if you have a medical condition such as TMJ, loose teeth or gum disease, you should not use anti snoring appliances.

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