SnorBan is a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) which aids in reducing and eliminating snoring and helps to increase the quality of your sleep. It is light, durable and can be bought without a prescription.
This device is one of the cheaper mouthpiece options available on the market, typically with a cost of less than $50.
However, it doesn’t currently have any official Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearances, and the company has gotten into disputes over what the device can legally be classified as.
How It Works
To understand the product, we first have to identify why snoring occurs. There are a few different reasons, but medical experts report that the primary cause is a narrowed airway. When you fall asleep, the muscles in your airway relax. As you breathe in and out through the night, your tissues vibrate, causing the noise we know as snoring.
Fatty tissue buildup is common, and tends to increase as people age. This exacerbates the snoring issue. Additionally, some people are simply born with a narrow airway, increasing the odds of them being a chronic snorer.
Given that snoring is caused by disruption in the air passage, this solution works by widening this narrowed airspace. This device displaces your lower jaw slightly and prevents the muscles from vibrating against each other. This, in turn, helps to prevent snoring.
The concept behind this MAD technique has been scientifically approved since the 1980’s and is among popular snoring treatments recommended by dentists. It’s worth noting that this can result in some jaw soreness as users adjust to wearing something in their mouth for the entire night.
About the Company
SnorBan is the brainchild of a man who calls himself Dave but provides no last name, a true man of mystery. “Dave” is a real estate developer and inventor who came up with this solution to deal with his own snoring problems.
In 1990, after trying numerous other solutions (including surgery) with little success, Dave produced a prototype of this oral device. He distributed samples to family and friends to gauge effectiveness and interest, and upon receiving positive feedback, he decided to produce the mouthpiece commercially.
The company fought a long legal battle against the claim that the device required a prescription. Today, the device is sold in the U.S. with a disclaimer identifying it as a “sports mouthpiece,” while the same exact device is sold in Europe as a snoring solution.
According to their website, the business has made the conscious choice not to pursue FDA clearance:
“We have deliberately decided to not pursue FDA approval for our product because of the associated costs that we would have to pass on to you, our customer. It has always been our intent to provide a low-cost snoring relief solution. Rest assured, 100% of our product is sourced and made in the USA with non-toxic, latex and BPA-free materials.”
Regardless, the lack of FDA approval may be concerning to some users. However, the longevity of the company and apparently loyal customer base speaks volumes and can indicate effectiveness.
The Fitting Process
SnorBan has been made with boil-and-bite plastic which can be custom molded to the user’s jawline specifications.
- Pour 3-4 cups of boiled water into a mug or a bowl.
- Submerge the mouthpiece in the boiling water for exactly 12 seconds per the direction in the packaging.
- Remove it after 12 seconds and carefully inspect it for any folding over of plastics on the edges. If any such distortion is found then smooth it using your fingers.
- Bite down into the device and while inside the mouth use your fingers and cheek muscles to create the mold.
- Hold the plastic in this position for 30 seconds.
- Remove the mouthpiece and dip it in cold water for 10 seconds to make the plastic set properly.
- Carefully trim off the strap in the front of the mouthpiece using a pair of scissors.
- If desired fit is not achieved then you can repeat the process again to remold it.
If you find that you made an error in the original fitting, the process can be repeated. Once the device is properly fitted, it should hold your jaw slightly forward and hopefully reduce snoring through the night.
This product claims to have a product life of 12 to 18 months. But the durability of this device greatly depends upon its handling by the user. Habits like teeth grinding while sleeping may cause faster wearing of the device.
Price and Warranty
I have found that money is one of the crucial factors to be considered in choosing an anti-snoring device. In a market filled with many products, SnorBan is one of the less expensive mouthpiece solutions available on the market, with the oral device costing consumers less than $50.
The price is $49.95, including shipping and handling.
Additionally, the company also provides a 30-day money back guarantee upon expression of dissatisfaction. So you don’t have to worry about being stuck with a product you don’t like. This is an important quality to consider if you’re still figuring out the best snoring device to help you sleep peacefully through the night. You won’t want to spend loads of money experimenting with different products that may or may not work.
Quality Assurance and Check
As with other oral devices, it is important to analyze the quality and hazard associated with this device. Though it claims to use FDA approved materials for its production, the product itself is not FDA approved.
Even though the Environmental Protection Agency has reported that BPA isn’t particularly harmful, I have found that many people prefer BPA-free products. Luckily for those consumers, SnorBan is BPA free. It’s also latex-free, making it a potential option for patients with a latex allergy.
Like most mouthpieces, SnorBan uses a boil-and-bite fitting technique. In case of error, it can be remolded fairly easily.
Many online reviewers report that this particular oral device was effective in reducing the problem of snoring. Users reported waking up feeling well-rested, after a quiet night of no snoring. Other reviews indicate that the product had a tendency to fall out of the user’s mouth.
Some found that this particular device caused excessive salivation, though that’s a not-uncommon side effect of many anti-snoring oral appliances.
However, the SnorBan is really not a suitable option for people with sinusitis, due to the lack of holes in the mouthpiece. This makes it difficult to breathe through the mouth. As with any other boil and bite mouth apparatus, I would like to warn first time users that they may find the device to be a bit uncomfortable because of its thickness and bulkiness.
This was one of the complaints about this oral appliance. Boil and bite products tend to be uncomfortable, at least while the user is adjusting to having their jaw muscles shifted. It may not be the solution for everyone.
Initially, SnorBan appears to be an efficient and easy to use device. But the lack of air holes and FDA clearance can be drawbacks for some customers.
Positives and Negatives
- Can be custom fitted and relatively comfortable to wear.
- Patented design product.
- Easy to use.
- Sold in about countries
- BPA and latex free.
- 30 day satisfaction period.
- Can be remolded.
- 12-18 month life expectancy.
- No FDA clearance.
- Lack of air holes makes it unsafe for patients with sinusitis.
Though this device has several positive qualities – the money-back guarantee, affordability, and relative longevity – the lack of FDA approval is a deal breaker for many. If you’re going to be using an oral device every night, it might be worth it to have the peace of mind that it’s chemically sound.
Additionally, the fact that breathing through the mouth becomes difficult with this solution is concerning for users with nasal issues like a deviated septum. Reducing oxygen intake can be dangerous, especially for those with sleep apnea. Lastly, the bulkiness may be a problem for some users.
In short, the SnorBan is a middle-of-the-road option. It has a fair share of positive qualities, and works for some users, but you’d probably be better off exploring other options.
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.