With over 100 anti-snoring mouthpieces on the market today it’s never going to be an easy job deciding which device will best suit your specific needs.
If, like many snorers, you find yourself spending a lot of time looking round at the available options, you’ve probably noticed that many of them are essentially offering the same thing in the same way.
Yet, as we all know, appearances can be deceiving, and this has never been truer than with this product, the VitalSleep. A device so far ahead in its “price-to-features ratio” that in my opinion it is simply second to none in its category. In fact, it is so good that I rate it as a must-have.
What is VitalSleep?
The VitalSleep is classified as a mandibular advancement device or MAD. This means it is designed to hold your lower-jaw in a forward position. This, in turn, keeps your airway open. If you didn’t already know: A closed and obstructed airway, combined with a relaxed and dropped jaw, is a major cause of snoring.
With your jaw dropped down, and your airway constricted, intakes of air are forced through narrower, smaller, openings, causing soft tissues around your neck and face to vibrate and create noise. The device reduces or stops this by holding the jaw in place. Not only does this help stop snoring; it also ensures you breathe in plenty of air throughout the entire time you are asleep.
How is it Different?
With its exceptional one-year replacement program, outstanding cost-effectiveness the VitalSleep effortlessly puts itself forward as a unique product. First it is available in two sizes, regular for men and small for women, and second, it comes armed with a level of customization you simply can’t find anywhere else but perhaps at your dentist, where it would cost you thousands of dollars.
It manages this through combining boil-and-bite technology with a micro-adjustment feature that allows for 1 mm increments.
That’s right, you have three approaches to maximize the perfection of your fit through:
Its feature-to-price ratio is so good that I don’t know of any other product that comes even close to taking the VitalSleep’s crown.
For me, and I am sure it’s the same for you, comfort is just about everything, and you will find this especially important when it comes to wearing a MAD.
This is where the adjustability of the VitalSleep really comes into its own because it is this feature more than any other that, in my opinion, really allows you to easily fine-tune your fit. And fine-tuning equals more comfort. This outstanding level of adjustability is achievable through a provided hex tool that is simple to use, handle and store.
In fact, so highly do I rate the adjustability feature of any MAD that, for me, the device finds itself in an unbeatable position in the race to be a market leader because it combines this feature with superb pricing, warranty cover and much, much more.
Furthermore, this device comes in two sizes. Regular is recommended for men with the small size for women. This size option, combined with the fine-adjustability, delivers great levels of comfort: A level of comfort that is further built upon by the use of boil-and-bite technology.
So right from the start you have a product that is well suited to your mouth size, either large or small, which you can then customize through boil-and-bite technology and fine incremental adjustments. Everything about the VitalSleep is geared towards making sure you get as comfortable a fit as possible.
Some anti-snoring mouthpieces demand that you breathe through your nose, which makes them not suitable for someone with a deviated septum, nasal polyps, nose injuries, etc., but this mouthpiece is always thinking about you, the wearer, because it also has an air hole that allows you to breathe naturally through the mouth.
Plus, it is made of thermoplastic developed by DuPont that is guaranteed to be latex and BPA-free, another great addition to the overall comfort experience.
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The Newly Designed VitalSleep
(Updated: 2018, Sep 17th)
VitalSleep has come out with an updated design recently, and I wanted to try it out and update what I thought of the new design. It’s been almost a decade (wow!) since it was released, and the new version drastically improves the fitting of the product.
VitalSleep was already outstanding in my mind, and the new features make it even better. First, the new design is more comfortable and makes it fit better. It’s also more durable which is great news as you’ll get more for your money – it will last even longer now.
There is also a topical change that they went with – originally it was opaque, but now it is solid white with blue flare.
Another bonus with the new design is not really a design or color change. It’s an updated warranty. Now instead of 30 days, which is usually the industry standard, VitalSleep went above and beyond and made the warranty 60 days instead. This puts them ahead of most of their competitors.
Now, onto the more defining aspects of what they updated. In the original version, while it was possible to create a customized fitting with the boil and bite method, with the newer version, it’s an even better fit.
First, before fitting the mouthpiece – you don’t have to worry anymore about overheating it and causing damage. Previously there was a 5-time limit for boiling it, that does not exist anymore.
Second, there is a hard frame of the mouthpiece and a softer inner lining, with which when you heat the device, it fits even snugger to the shape of your mouth.
This harder frame is what makes it more durable and gives you a longer lasting lifespan.
Other new updates include a free travel case accessory, which is great – I’d actually like to see this become the industry standard. Not only can you use it as a travel case but it’s great for storing it at home too.
Overall some great updates for a great mouthpiece. I still highly recommend the VitalSleep, and the updates make it even better.
Fitting Your Mouthpiece
Some people read the term “boil-and-bite,” and get a little nervous but there really is no need to. The process is quite simple. When I received my mouthpiece, the first thing I did was make sure that the trays provided were lined up with one another exactly.
If your upper tray is not directly on top of your lower tray, use the hex tool that is included to adjust it. There is an indicator mark found on both sides that makes this really easy. Also, just to help the process along, please do be sure to read the instructions provided. It always helps to have them on hand to confirm the steps you’re going through are the correct ones.
Next, insert the fitting handle provided through the opening at the back of the device. It will snap into place. I had mine in upside-down at first, and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t snapping-in until I flipped the handle over… and read the instructions again!
Bring enough water to the boil to submerge your mouthpiece for exactly 10 seconds. Make sure you do not overheat it. When you remove it look for the clearly stamped triangle. This side is up. Insert the piece into your mouth, and gently bite down for 15 seconds.
Remove the device from your mouth and promptly cool by rinsing under cold water for 30 seconds. Once cool, remove the handle, and make sure you have a good fit. The manufacturer states that the product can be reheated safely a total of five times, so if you didn’t get a perfect fit on your first attempt… try again.
If you want, please go ahead and adjust the lower jaw part of the piece into a comfortable position as soon as you’ve finished your boil-and-bite, or of course you can wait until you are actually putting it in at bedtime.
Also, over the one to two year lifetime of this device your mouth and gums can change shape, so having the option to remold the VitalSleep up to five times is another real bonus.
As with all the other oral appliances I have tried I gave VitalSleep a full 7-day trial. I used the hex tool to adjust the lower jaw to just past the halfway point. The first thing I noticed was that the fit felt quite natural. It wasn’t as bulky as some of the other mouthpieces I have tried.
I slept the entire night and did not remember getting any elbows to the ribs to wake me up. When I asked my wife if it had helped she was happy to report she’d had a sound night’s sleep.
A real positive part of the experience was that, unlike others I have tried, I didn’t immediately start drooling when I wore this mouthpiece. Also, the thermoplastic material is very smooth; I experienced no irritation to my gums.
Price and Warranty
I personally love the VitalSleep price and warranty package. At $69.95 for one device or $108.95 for two devices, there is no other product on the market today that comes close to delivering the same level of price-to-features ratio. It simply bristles value. Shipping is free.
Plus, and there always seems to be another plus to mention with this great device, you can get a 10% discount by using coupon code: DEALS which brings the price for one unit down to an even more competitive $62.96 for one device or $98.06 ($49.03 per item) when you buy two.
Not only is the price right; the warranty and guarantee are fantastic:
- First, it comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.
- Second, you get 100 percent free replacements for an entire year, plus if you happen to think you’ve ordered the wrong size, you can simply exchange it.
Pros and Cons
Like all MADs, VitalSleep has both pros and cons. To make as educated a buying decision as possible I always feel it important to become familiar with both but I think it’s worth pointing out that the Pros far outweigh any Cons this device may have:
- The market leader in home customization, combining boil-and-bite technology with a micro-
adjustment feature that allows for 1 mm increments.
- Comes in two different sizes. Large for men and small for women.
- Free exchange if you order the wrong size.
- Very cost effective.
- Full 1-year replacement.
- Thermoplastic material is BPA-free and latex-free.
- 100 percent sourced, manufactured, and assembled in the USA.
- Cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
- The material is non-irritating to gums.
- 60-day money back guarantee.
- Up to five chances to mold the device through boil-and-bite.
- Breathing hole allows you to breathe through your mouth and nose while you sleep.
- Design allows side-to-side jaw movement.
- Manufacturer states this product can be worn by snorers with partial dentures.
- Cleans easily with a toothbrush and toothpaste, so no special cleaning products are needed.
- Although it utilizes boil-and-bite technology, the mold fits around the gum line rather than the teeth. This can result in a looser fit. Comfort level and fit could probably be turned up a notch if it molded around the teeth instead.
- The design has crevices that can harbor bacteria. So, scrubbing thoroughly is essential.
Here Are a Few Reviews from Actual Customers
On the downside, there are users that have complained of pain or soreness in the jaw and/or teeth. Some state the product caused gag reflex, and there are users who say the mouthpiece falls out during the night, but all of these issues can be experienced when using any MAD, they aren’t specific to this product.
“Received the VitalSleep mouthpiece. Came with instructions that were easy to follow and fitting was simple. My wife tells me I am snoring less and I’ve only been using it a few days.”
“VitalSleep falls out of my mouth at night.”– A. Hollander
“I purchased your stop snoring mouthpiece and it has made a positive difference in my snoring and sleeping patterns. The mouth piece worked perfectly when I boiled it for the fitting and had no problems with the adjustment. “– V. Hall
“My husband snores really loud at night. It got so bad that I kicked him out of bed. Then I heard about the VitalSleep mouthpiece that is supposed to make people stop snoring. I purchased this for him and the first night he used it I did not hear a thing. I would give this product five out of five stars. The next morning he told me that he has a good night’s sleep. Thanks to VitalSleep all is quiet in my house at night.” – Justine
A Closer Look at the Company
VitalSleep is manufactured by The Snore Reliever Company, which is not easy to find much information about other than it was founded in 2009 and is based out of New York.
The mouthpiece was cleared by the FDA-510(k) number K092942. It is rated as a Class II Anti-snoring Device.
Are There Any Clinical Studies?
Although VitalSleep has not been clinically tested the technology behind MADS is well established and there is a well-respected pool of comprehensive data that developers access when producing new devices.
A pilot study in Belgium, at the University of Antwerp, proved a 65 percent success rate amongst 20 heavy snorers.
A different study, performed by the Department of Thoracic Medicine, Middlesex Hospital, the UK, put 166 patients through comprehensive trials over a full year. This showed that 85 percent of the patients that completed the study showed a marked decrease in snoring.
The Bottom Line
In my opinion the VitalSleep delivers excellence across the board. Its level of customization, its incredibly generous price-to-feature ratio, and the general all round care and attention provided by its customer service program is peerless.
I cannot personally find a comparable anti-snoring device that comes equipped with what the VitalSleep provides. For me it finds itself in an unbeatable position and has won the race to be a market leader because it combines so much with superb pricing, unparalleled warranty cover and much, much more.
My Rating: 4.5
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.