Choosing from the many snoring solutions available can be a pretty overwhelming decision.
If you have worn a mandibular advancement device before then you are familiar with how these products work. If this is all new to you, rest-assured that out are not alone.
Every day folks just like you make the decision to seek for a snoring solution and every day snorers have to choose which MAD they should order. With so many available it is not always easy to recognize the good from the bad. If you are interested in SnoreMate then you are likely wondering how it measures up to the rest.
A Closer Look
SnoreMate is an MAD, so it is designed to hold the jaw forward when you sleep. This opens up your airway and eliminates the vibrating tissues that are responsible for making the snoring sound.
Like many other MADs, SnoreMate utilizes a boil-and-bite technique to help you achieve a custom fit. It is made of a smooth thermoplastic material that is relatively comfortable.
However it does not allow you to make adjustments to the jaw positioning.
You will also notice that there is no air hole this means that if you have a deviated septum, sinuses, nasal polyps, or if you simply are used to breathing through your mouth, this will not be the right product for you.
SnoreMate comes in one size that is appropriate for men and women. Like all MADs, the product should not be worn by children because it can affect development of the mouth. It is also not recommended for individuals with jaw, gum, or teeth issues, or those wearing braces or dentures.
Achieving a custom fit with your device is quite simple. All you will need is a small pot and water.
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Remove the pot from the heat.
- Hold the tab attached to the mouthpiece and submerge the device for 12 seconds. It is important that you don’t overheat it or allow it to touch the sides of the pot.
- Remove from the pot and shake away excess water gently.
- Identify the top and insert the device into your mouth, so the top is facing the roof of your mouth.
- Bite down into the soft material to create an impression. Keep in mind that the further your jaw is forward the more effective the product will be. At the same time you don’t want it extended so far that it causes too much pain.
- As you are biting down, use your lips and tongue to press it against your teeth while you suck the air out. You can also press your lips and cheeks with your fingers.
- Remove the device, and submerge into ice water to speed up the hardening process.
- Insert the mouthpiece to evaluate the fit. It is recommended to not cut away the tab until you have slept in it. If you find that you need to redo the process for a better fit or jaw positioning you are going to need that tab.
- Store your device in the included watertight plastic container.
How Effective is It?
If you have looked at several MADs then you have likely discovered that many manufacturers claim to have as high as of a 98 percent customer satisfaction rating. However, what you may not realize is that there is a huge difference between satisfaction and effectiveness. SnoreMate is quite honest, claiming an 80 percent rate of effectiveness. This is respectable.
On the downside the manufacturer suggests to replace the product every three to four months. So, although it is cheaper than many other products it also needs to be replaced sooner. If you don’t, you will likely find that you start snoring again because the material has stretched, which allows your jaw to move while you are sleeping.
What Does SnoreMate Cost?
SnoreMate is a very affordable product. One mouthpiece is $36.99. You also have the option to order two for $44.99, which works out to $22.50 per unit. It is also backed by a 30-day money back guarantee.
Pros and Cons
SnoreMate is constructed quite similar to other MADs on the market, and like all products it has its share of pros and cons. It has to become familiar with both before making your decision.
- Boil-and-bite allows for a custom fit.
- Established company has been in business more than a decade.
- Practical to use for teeth-grinding, but will probably need to be replaced a little sooner.
- Extremely honest company, in terms of advertising.
- 80 percent effective rate.
- Thermoplastic material does not irritate gums.
- Costs as little as $22.50 per unit, when you purchase two.
- No air holes, so it cannot be used by mouth breathers.
- Short life expectancy of three to four months.
- Can’t make adjustments to jaw positioning.
- May cause soreness in the jaw and/or teeth.
If you are going to purchase SnoreMate I definitely recommend buying two for the best deal, especially since the lifespan is quite short. If you are a mild to moderate snorer looking for an affordable product this one is worthy of consideration.
Ideally, you would use this as a stepping stone to a higher quality product in the near future. Keep in mind that if you are a mouth breather this product is not suitable for you, as there are no air holes.
For a few more dollars you could buy VitalSleep, a product I have had a positive experience with and recommend. It also uses the boil-and-bite technique, but feels much more natural in the mouth. VitalSleep allows you to make adjustments to the positioning of the lower jaw, and an air hole lets you breathe through your mouth.
VitalSleep is American-made, FDA-cleared, and made of quality material that is BPA-free and latex-free. It is only $59.95 for two, and the manufacturer provides 100 percent replacements for a full year, and this includes shipping.
My Rating: 3.0
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.