The Original SnoreDoc is marketed as “the best anti-snoring device.”
Of course, if you have lived with snoring a while and have tried other products or explored your options you have probably heard other manufacturers claim to be the best solution, too.
So, you are probably wondering what makes this product standout from others, and does it really even work at all?
A Full Evaluation of SnoreDoc
This product is a mandibular advancement device. It works by holding the jaw in a forward position while you sleep. This opens the airway and keeps it free of obstruction, thereby eliminating the vibration of tissues that cause snoring.
It is also marketed as an effective sleep apnea solution. However, unless you have been properly diagnosed and know which type of sleep apnea you have it is never advised to use a mouthpiece without speaking with your sleep specialist or physician first.
SnoreDoc is made of thermoplastic, and you can use it as-is right out-of-the-box or use the boil-and-bite technology to create a custom fit. It is designed to allow your mouth to move freely when in place for maximum comfort.
Also, it has a breathing hole, which any mouth breather will appreciate. Many mouthpieces force you to breathe through your nose, which makes them unusable for folks with nasal polyps, sinuses, or a deviated septum.
This mouthpiece is cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration and designed to be used as a long-term snoring solution.
Achieving a Custom Fit
Although the official site says the product can be used right out-of-the-box, you will like be happier with your mouthpiece if you go ahead and do the custom fitting process. Those new to the boil-and-bite technique are often intimidated by it, but rest-assured that it is quite easy to do. Even if you do not manage to get the perfect fit the first time your mouthpiece certainly is not ruined. You can simply repeat the process again.
The Original SnoreDoc comes with the device, a hard case, Popsicle stick, and instruction booklet. All you need is a small pot, a bowl or mug, and some water.
- Put 2 cups water on to heat to a boil.
- While you are waiting for the water to boil insert the provided Popsicle stick into the air hole in the front. Be careful not to push too far, or you will compromise the fit.
- Once the water is boiling remove from the heat and pour into a mug or small bowl. Allow the water to cool about 20 seconds.
- Submerge the mouthpiece for exactly 18 seconds. Some products need to be submerged for several minutes, which is why I am stressing that this one only needs 18 seconds!
- Remove from the bowl and shake away any excess water.
- Allow it to cool to a safe temperature, and then place in your mouth with the curved side closest to the roof of your mouth.
- As you bite into the device your lower jaw should extend just beyond your front upper teeth.
- Hold your mouth in this position for about a minute. You are leaving an impression of your teeth in the malleable material.
- Remove and submerge in a bowl of icy water for two minutes. This will speed up the hardening process, so the material maintains the shape of the impression.
- Remove the mouthpiece from the water and take out the Popsicle stick.
- Check the fit. If you are not happy with it, then repeat the process.
I decide to give SnoreDoc a full seven-day trial. When it arrived in the mail I did the boil-and-bite fitting process right away, so it would be ready-to-use when I went to bed.
As always, I went to sleep while my wife stayed up to read. She would be the one to tell me how well the product worked, since I’m usually snoring before she has even turned the lights out.
The next morning I felt well-rested, which was a good sign. My face was definitely sore, but it usually is when I start wearing an MAD because my jaw has to get used to being held in an unnatural position. When I asked my wife if it worked she was happy to report that it did!
By the third day my jaw was barely sore. It continued to eliminate snoring for the full seven days. The design and comfort level is quite similar to other mouthpieces I have tried, such as Ripsnore and SleepPro Standard. I will say that although the air hole is a nice feature, it is not executed quite as thoughtfully as it could be.
It does allows some air to flow through, but likely would not be enough for someone who simply cannot breathe through their nose. They would probably feel as though they were being forced to get all their oxygen through a straw, which could be dangerous.
Here Are a Few Reviews from Actual Customers
Most people who have purchased this product seem to be fairly happy with the results. However, there are also some that say it could be more effective, as well as those that did not have a positive experience. A concern most commonly seen in the reviews is that the air hole creates a whistling sound. If you share a bed with someone, this whistling sound could be as distracting as the snoring. Some also complain that the product fell out throughout the night.
“This is one of the only products that really helps snoring. Dentists charge around $600 for the same thing. I will be buying more. Thanks.”
“I bought this to help eliminate snoring. Having a little trouble getting used to sleeping with it, but I think it will help in the end.” – Jack
“I did not expect comfort, but I never dreamed it would be this bad. I fitted it via directions as best possible. It constantly fills with saliva keeping you awake. When I finally had enough sleeplessness (perhaps that is the object, if you don’t fall asleep, you cannot snore!), I removed it to realize the unnatural position had caused my jaw to cramp up. I could not close my mouth for several hours. Had I slept with it in all night, I would have not been able to eat breakfast.”
How Much is It?
SnoreDoc is quite fairly priced. It retails for $44.99. This price includes shipping, and it comes with a storage case. It is also backed by a 30-day 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.
Positives and Negatives
If you are looking for a moderately priced anti-snoring device, SnoreDoc is worthy of consideration. I found it to be effective, but it certainly could be improved upon. It is important to weigh the pros and cons, when choosing a mouthpiece.
- Thermoplastic material is smooth and non-irritating.
- Can be used as-is or you can use the boil-and-bite technique to create a custom fit.
- Priced quite affordably at $49.99.
- Backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee.
- Cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
- Accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
- Manufacturer claims the product has a 95 percent satisfaction rate, however this does not mean that it has a 95 percent success rate.
- Although SnoreDoc has an air hole, it is not nearly large enough to allow enough air through to breathe through your mouth.
- No adjustments to jaw positioning can be made.
- Bulky in comparison to other mouthpieces, which decreases discomfort. The product can leave your jaw quite sore, and many have stated the discomfort level never decreased with extended use.
- Product has not been clinically tested.
The Original SnoreDoc provides the same results as many other over-the-counter mouthpieces. It is priced affordably and backed by a money back guarantee, so it could always be used as a stepping stone to see if MADs are right for you. Just keep in mind that higher quality ones will be much more comfortable.
If you are willing to spend a few dollars more for a better product known to produce more impressive results, I recommend VitalSleep. It is available in two sizes, and also uses the boil-and-bite technology, so you can really achieve a good fit.
VitalSleep lets you make small adjustments to the lower jaw, which enhances comfort and effectiveness. Its air hole is also bigger, and I found it to be easy to breathe through. VitalSleep is also BPA-free and latex-free. Plus, the manufacturer provides 100 percent free replacements for a full year, which makes the minimal extra expense spent on the product even more worth it. VitalSeep is made in the USA and FDA-cleared.
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.