With so many anti-snoring mouthpieces on the market, trying to decide which one to buy can be challenging.
This is especially true if you have never worn one before and are not quite sure what features you should be looking for.
One of the products you may have stumbled across or read reviews about is SnoreMender.
Although the product seems innovative and impressive you are likely wondering how it measures up to others at a similar price point.
What is SnoreMender?
SnoreMender is actually known as SnoreMender PS. This model replaced the original one in 2013. The PS stands for “pressure shift.” I’ll get more in-depth about this feature in a minute.
It is a mandible advancement device, more commonly referred to as MAD. It helps stop snoring by holding your jaw in a forward position while you sleep. This opens the airway and keeps it free of obstruction.
By doing this, soft tissues are not permitted to vibrate against one another, so a snoring sound is not created. SnoreMender PS may be designed along the same concept as other MADs, but it has some unique features that put it in a class of its own. Of course, these are features that you may love or hate.
Pressure Shift™ Technology
SnoreMender PS is the only product on the market that addresses the common complaint of having too much pressure placed on the teeth of the lower jaw. It does this using its Pressure Shift™ Technology. This automatically shifts pressure to the larger and stronger teeth.
Be refocusing it away from the small teeth, it becomes more comfortable and effective. The area where the device touches your teeth is angled to direct the pressure appropriately. This innovative technology has a patent pending.
A Closer Look
Unlike many MADs that require you to use a boil-and-bite technology to achieve a custom fit, SnoreMender PS is ready-to-use right out-of-the-box. This has its advantages and disadvantages though. Not everyone will achieve a perfect fit.
The patented hinged design is another standout feature. It allows for natural jaw movement, which also helps elevate comfort level. The product is adjustable, so you can increase or decrease the jaw advancement positioning.
- Pros: You can make micro adjustments, and the device is easy to clean even with adjustments made. It is not very bulky in the mouth, and the flexible frame prevents over-pressure and makes it more adaptive than what you would get with a regular screw mechanism.
- Cons: Adjustments are not easy to make. Unlike some products where you simply turn a screw to tweak the positioning, SnoreMender PS takes a little more effort. Plus, the range of adjustment is not as varied as you might hope for.
The device is made of a medical-grade dental thermoplastic material. It contains no BPA, latex, silicone, or phthalates. This is nonirritating in the mouth, and malleable enough to be adjusted virtually hundreds of times, but durable enough to not be ruined if dropped.
The product design is simple, which also makes it easy-to-clean with soap and water. There are no small crevices to harbor bacteria.
This product also has airflow posts, which allows you to breathe through your mouth while sleeping. The manufacturer states that SnoreMender has a life expectancy of 12 to 24 months. Although quite a large variation, even at 12 months its expectancy is longer than many competitors.
How is SnoreMender PS Different than the Original SnoreMender?
I actually had the opportunity to try out the original SnoreMender years ago, so after using the newer version I can report the differences based on firsthand experience. The original product was released in 2007. In November 2013 the new version was available to order, which I did right away. Below are some of the key differences between the two.
- Hinged Tension – The PS model has significantly stronger hinges. I believe this is accredited to the change in thickness of the material. SnoreMender does have an exchange program. You are automatically sent a hinge of medium strength, but you can exchange it for one with increased or decreased strength.
- Material – As soon as I took PS out of the package I noticed that the walls of the device felt and looked significantly thicker. The material is the same, but the newer version feels like better quality.
- Air Holes – The original SnoreMender did not have air spacers, so all breathing had to be done through the nose. This made the product unsuitable for individuals with nasal polyps, sinuses, or a deviated septum. The new appliance has four small posts; too are in both the upper and lower trays. These posts ensure that when you fall asleep your mouth remains slightly open to allow air to flow through.
- Excess Material Removed – There was excess material on the original that needed to be removed, and fortunately they did this with the PS model. For example, there were inner and outer walls on both the upper and lower trays. Despite a thick material, by removing unneeded material the new model still feels more streamlined and comfortable in the mouth.
- Smoothness – The thinner material on the original SnoreMender made the edges a little more irritating. Since the new product is thicker, the manufacturer was able to create more rounded edges that feel better against the gums.
- Point of Pressure – Most of the original unit’s outward pressure was applied to the small front teeth of the lower jaw. This is a lot of pressure to apply here, which is why there were so many complaints of soreness. The new product repositions the pressure to stronger and larger teeth.
My Experience with SnoreMender PS vs. SnoreMender
Since it has been some time since I had reviewed the original SnoreMender, I decided to dig it out of my box of mouthpieces and rotate it with the new PS version.
Both devices were effective at controlling my snoring; however there were definitely noticeable differences.
Although both products come ready-to-use, I had to make adjustments to them to achieve a decent fit. The first thing I noticed about the PS variation is that the edges were considerably smoother. I actually had to file the edges of the original model just to wear it.
However, the lower tray kept falling off my teeth of the PS model. To correct this, I heated water to about 158 degrees, and submerged the lower tray for 90 seconds. This made the material softer. I inserted it into my mouth for two minutes to create a mold, and then put it in ice water to cool and harden.
After filing the original and adjusting the lower jaw of the second one both devices did fit well enough to not fall out when I slept. However, the PS was considerably more comfortable and I experienced less soreness with it than I did the original.
About the Company
The UK-based company Sleep Well Enjoy Life was founded in 2007, and led by Jeremy Alan Kenyon. The company transferred to the United States in 2011.
Interestingly, Kenyon attended the University of Cambridge but had no prior dental experience. His career until then was in the computer and gaming industry. Kenyon designed the product with a team of Denmark orthodontists.
The leader of this team had been practicing more than 30 years, and was already a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. The company remains small and Kenyon continues to serve as Director and Secretary.
Unlike most MADs, SnoreMender has been clinically tested. In the study the product succeeded in reducing snoring in 91 percent of participants by at least 50 percent. A total of 78 percent of the total participants reported the product stopped their snoring completely.
How Much Does it Cost?
SnoreMender is one of the few mouthpieces you can order and enjoy free shipping worldwide. One appliance is $57. If you order two, then you get them for $49 each, and if you get five you pay an even lower price of $43 each.
The product is backed by a 100 percent money back guarantee, but it is not as cut-and-dry as you might hope. You need to contact the manufacturer and explain the problem.
A professional will analyze your situation and make suggestions for adjustments. If your problem with the product has not been resolved in 90 days, then you will get a refund. It is also stated that guaranteed conditions can vary from time-to-time.
Pros and Cons
SnoreMender PS has unique features that allow it to stand out from other competitors, but this does not mean that it is the best option for you.
It is important to explore all the pros and cons before making your decision.
- Long life expectance of 12 to 24 years.
- Pressure Shift™ Technology directs pressure to larger, stronger teeth.
- Air holes allow you to breathe through your mouth.
- Material is free of BPA, latex, silicone, and phthalates.
- Smooth edges are nonirritating to gums.
- Hinged design allows for side-to-side jaw movement.
- Ready-to-use right out-of-the-box.
- Lower jaw adjustments can be made.
- Simple design does not harbor bacteria and makes it easy-to-clean.
- Affordable price plus free shipping.
- Have to wait a full 90 days and try the manufacturer’s suggestions before receiving a refund if it doesn’t work.
- One-size-fits-all does not necessarily fit every mouth.
- Lower jaw adjustments are difficult to make, and not varied enough for some users.
- Not suitable for denture wearers.
- May experience jaw and teeth pain.
- Site does not say anything about the product being cleared by the FDA.
Is SnoreMender PS Right for You?
SnoreMender offers a simplistic design that makes it easy to clean yet it boasts innovative features that make it worthy of consideration.
The material is BPA-free and soft and the edges are rounded and smooth. The Pressure Shift™ Technology is a strong selling point of the product, and the hinged design allows you to move your lower jaw naturally. I also appreciate the air holes in the front for mouth breathing. It delivers as promised, so I do recommend giving it a try.
However, there is another product that is just as effective, but a little more comfortable, based on my experience. VitalSleep is also an MAD, but unlike SnoreMender, it actually uses the boil-and-bite technique to mold the mouthpiece to your mouth.
This definitely provides me with a better fit. It also allows for lower jaw adjustments, only they are significantly more precise and easier to make by using the Hex tool that comes with it. VitalSleep has breathing holes and it can be worn by individuals with partial dentures.
VitalSleep is BPA-free and latex-free, and cleared by the FDA. The material is soft against your gums and in my opinion; the overall fit is much more comfortable. Like SnoreMender, this appliance allows for side-to-side jaw movement.
Another great thing about VitalSleep is the price. You actually get two devices for $59.99, plus shipping. You do not have to jump through hoops and wait 90 days for a refund to be issued either.
VitalSleep has a 30-day money back guarantee, and the manufacturer will provide 100 percent free replacements for a full year from the date of purchasing. It is also completely sourced and manufactured in the USA.
My Rating: 3.5
Which Product Should I Buy?
With well over 100 products on the market it can obviously be quite daunting to decide, “Which one?”
To help ease the decision process I have created a comparison chart where you can effortlessly assess each product and its features, price, pros and cons. I have also written several detailed reviews for those devices that I believe to be leading products.
If you would rather not spend a lot of time reading reviews, please take a look at the article linked here: My Mouthpiece Recommendation. It’s a list of three products which I believe, based on my extensive experience, are the best options available to people who suffer from snoring.