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Snoring Mouthpiece Review of FDA Cleared Devices



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Snoring Expert Dr. Mike Williams reviews snoring mouthpieces cleared by the FDA for snoring. Multiple features and benefits are discussed.


The incidence of snoring and sleep apnea is increasing worldwide. Snorers and their sleep partners are looking for low cost and simple solutions to their snoring problems. The FDA evaluates Snoring mouthpieces for safety and efficacy.  These devices require rigorous evaluation before being approved for commercial distribution.  These devices are available by prescription.

 

How stop snoring mouthpieces work

  • Snoring occurs during sleep when air is forcefully inhaled through an obstructed narrow airway causing a vibration in the relaxed airway tissues.
  • The primary obstruction to sleep breathing is the relaxed tongue which drops back over the airway during sleep. 
  • The most popular mouthpieces advance the lower jaw and hold the tongue forward during sleep to increase the size of the airway which then stops the snoring. These are called mandibular advancement devices.
  • Other devices hold the tongue itself forward with suction these are called tongue retention devices.
  • All the devices presented are mandibular advancement oral appliances.  Interestingly, the Sleep Tight Mouthpiece described below combines both features and is considered a hybrid device.

 

How to choose the right anti-snoring mouthpiece

There are hundreds of stop snoring mouthpieces available from dentists, physicians and online retailers. Almost all of these oral appliances can help your snoring in some way. Since there are so many options, this comparison will help the snorer understand the benefits and drawback of the various anti-snoring mouthpieces. This review will compare six of the FDA cleared best snoring mouth guards based on features and user comments with final comments from Dr. Mike Williams, dental snoring specialist.  The various device features are very important to the safety and effectiveness of the snoring oral appliance.

Device Feature

Pure Sleep

Snore Rx

Z

Quiet

Quiet Nite Z

Vital Sleep

Sleep Tight

Custom Fit

NO

30 day trial

6 months or more use

NO

NO

Teeth pain reduction-FIT

NO

NO

Tooth movement Reduction FIT

NO

NO

NO

Sturdy

Single piece

NO

NO

NO

Large Airflow

Opening- 6 mm

NO

 

NO

 

NO

 

NO

 

 

 

Secure fit-does not fall out

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

Easy Fitting

Not complex

NO

NO

NO

Large Tongue space

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

Tongue retention feature*

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

No metal or parts to swallow

NO

NO

Partial denture use

NO

Adjustable to improve snoring

NO

NO

No adjusting tools required

NO

Cost $70 USD or less

NO

Professional Sleep analysis with purchase**

NO

NO

NO

NO

Named Device

Clinical Studies

NO

NO

NO

NO

Snoring

FDA Cleared

Sleep Apnea

FDA Cleared

NO

NO

NO

✔Total

11

9

6

15

8

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detailed Reviews

N/A

SnoreRx Review

ZQuiet Review

N/A

VitalSleep Review

SleepTight Mouthpiece Review

Discussion

• All of these products can help snoring and possibly sleep apnea, if monitored by a sleep specialist.

• The thermo-fit (boil and bite) mouthpieces fit better than the stock ZQuiet but do require some fitting after the mouthpiece is heated.

• Single piece construction which increases the durability of the mouthpiece due to the simple construction.

• Hinges, tools and movable parts of the SnoreRx, ZQuiet and Vital Sleep are subject to failure and are difficult to adjust for some users.

• *A device combining the features of mandibular advancement with tongue retention (Sleep Tight Mouthpiece) is more effective and reduces jaw pain and tooth movement commonly seen with other devices.

• ** The professional sleep analysis (QuietNite Z and Sleep Tight Mouthpiece) is determined by a proprietary program and medical analysis of the user’s health and sleep history. This analysis is presented to user as a recommendation of steps to follow regarding their snoring or sleep apnea and as part of the prescription process. No other manufacturer offers this service. 

• These devices should be considered as introductory oral appliances to see if a mouthpiece can help treat your snoring. 

• If you are successful with any of these introductory anti-snoring mouthpieces, you can get a more durable and comfortable laboratory made snoring mouthpiece. A dental specialist can assist if further treatment is indicated.

• Most of these devices will cost $70 USD or less.

Conclusion

Each mouthpiece has been shown to help treat snoring. The improved fit of the SleepTight Mouthpiece improves the snoring reduction as well as reducing problems commonly seen with other devices.

 

Dr. Mike Williams, DDS

Member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

 

 



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