With more than 27,000 unique Google searches per month, to say ZQuiet has become extremely popular would be an understatement.
Like other mandibular advancement devices it has been designed to hold your lower jaw in a forward position, thereby widening the airway.
However, it is created a little differently than others, which allows it to stand out in a heavily saturated market of anti-snoring devices.
What FDA Says?
ZQuiet is designated a class II medical device by the FDA. ZQuiet had to prove not only that the material is safe – but also that the product effectively achieves its intended purpose.
The FDA was established to protect the American population from goods that either don’t work or could be dangerous to their health.
Its role is to test food, drugs, and products to make sure they actually do what they claim.
About the Company
ZQuiet was developed by Dan and Katrina Webster, a couple which shared the problem of snoring. They registered their company Sleeping Well LLC in Vermont in 2008.
They recruited Avery Lieberman, DDS to gain credibility. At this point Lieberman had more than 20 years of experience in sleep medicine. The trio worked together to develop the product known today as ZQuiet.
What Makes ZQuiet Different?
Snoring is the result of tissue vibration. ZQuiet advances your jaw, widens the airway, and treats snoring. It is designed around the same concept of any other MADs, but has a feature that puts it in a league of its own.
ZQuiet calls this feature Living Hinge Technology. This technology allows for natural mouth movement, which eliminates the discomfort often created by MADs. Unlike most MADs that utilize a “boil-and-bite” technique to achieve a custom fit, ZQuiet is ready-to-use right out-of-the-box. There is no special fitting, preparation, or molding process required.
It features a new and improved 2-Step Comfort System, so you get two optimal jaw positions for the price of one. Its contour cutout design is streamlined and has airflow posts, so you can breathe through both your mouth and nose while you sleep. Plus, as mentioned, it allows for mouth movement, so you can actually take a sip of water without removing it.
When you insert this device into your mouth it gently pushes on your tongue and lower jaw. This opens up your air passage to instantly alleviate snoring. ZQuiet is made of a thermoplastic elastomer, which is non-irritating.
It is also latex and BPA-free, all materials used to make it have passed strict consumer safety testing, made in the USA, cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau.
My Personal Experience
Before using ZQuiet, I had tried a lot of mandibular advancement devices that required the boil-and-bite technology to get a custom fit. Many of these were actually quite effective, so I was a little skeptical that this anti snoring mouthpiece that came ready-to-use would actually work.
However, I figured it deserved a fair trial like the others. I placed my order, and was quite surprised when it showed up only three days later. The first thing I noticed when I took it out of the package was how thin it was. Again, my skepticism surfaced, but I was also quite excited to try it because I figured its streamlined design would equal increased comfort.
Anxious to see how it felt in my mouth, I quickly scanned through the guide for cleaning instructions,, and found it only needed to be cleaned with mild dish soap. The mouthpiece became even softer after holding it under warm water. When I put it in my mouth I instantly noticed how comfortable it felt. The instructions stated there may be pieces that need to be trimmed using scissors, but mine seemed to be custom made for my mouth. I did start drooling, but I generally do when I first put in a mouthpiece.
Once my mouth got used to the presence of ZQuiet, the drool stopped fairly quickly. I was impressed that I could move my mouth. I even attempted to sip water like the manufacturer claims you can do while wearing it, and surprisingly I was able to with no problem. Compared to other devices I have tried this one felt much less invasive, and I could almost close my mouth all the way.
The airflow posts make sure your mouth stays open at least a couple millimeters. Now, usually my wife stays up and reads a bit in bed, so I am long asleep well before she even shuts her eyes. This also means that she is forced to try to fall asleep while I snore a symphony. So, I knew she would let me know first thing in the morning if ZQuiet worked, or not. The next morning, the device was still in my mouth, which was a good sign.
Sometimes they fall out on me while I am sleeping. I removed it and my jaw was undeniably sore, but this is a familiar feeling I typically experience when getting used to an MAD. Since the device holds your jaw forward, it tenses the muscles. These muscles have to get used to being worked in a new way. It is a similar soreness that you feel when you start a new workout regimen. I cleaned the mouthpiece with soap and water, and set it on the counter to dry before storing it in the included case. Now came the real test! I went downstairs to find my wife, eager for her feedback. She said I did not snore at all! She fell asleep to the hum of the ceiling fan, and was not woken up once all night. I was definitely feeling both excited and surprised.
The Rest of the Trial
Prior to placing it in my mouth the second night, I rinsed it with warm water to soften it. I did not drool nearly as much, as if my mouth was already accepting of this foreign object. Again, I fell right asleep, and my wife provided the same great feedback in the morning. I experienced the same level of soreness as the previous night when I took it out.
For the rest of the two-week trial, ZQuiet provided me with positive results. By the third morning the soreness had diminished and day-by-day it decreased until there was no soreness at all. After two weeks I can say that ZQuiet is effective and provides long-term results.
Compared to some other products I have tried my experience with this anti-snoring device was significantly better. It requires no custom fitting, and I really like that the special Living Hinge Technology did allow me to sip water and felt more natural than other mouthpieces. It is streamlined and comfortable, and lets you breathe through your mouth. Most importantly, my wife had zero complaints the full 14 days.
Positives and Negatives
Like all anti snoring mouthpieces, ZQuiet has its share of pros and cons. Although the produce worked for me and I had a good experience, this doesn’t mean it is perfect; no mouthpiece is. It is important that you become familiar with the positive and negative qualities of the oral appliance you intend on buying.
- Living Hinge Technology allows for unrestricted breathing and natural mouth movement.
- Ready-to-use right out-of-the-box, with no additional fitting or preparation needed.
- Thermoplastic material contains no BPA or latex. It is non-irritating and durable.
- Easy-to-clean using mild dish soap.
- Designated a class II medical device by the FDA.
- Fair price of $79.95 and you can try it for 30 days for only $9.95.
- Compact design is comfortable to wear.
- Developed by a seasoned dentist.
- ZQuiet cannot be worn by denture wearers. If you wear dentures you will want to read my review on Good Morning Sleep Solution.
- The one-size fitting may not actually be comfortable for every mouth. The only adjustment you can make is a little trimming and filing, so some people may not be able to achieve a quality fit.
- Can cause drooling and jaw soreness like most MADs do, so an adjustment period may be necessary.
- Shipping charges are not refundable, if you decide the product does not work for you.
- Some users have reported that with extended use the mouthpiece can collapse due to softening and will need to be replaced. However, all mouthpieces need to be replaced at some point, so it is hard to say if these users had realistic expectations of the device’s lifespan, or if it did indeed wear out prematurely.
Here are a Few Reviews from Actual Customers
Due to its popularity, the Internet has become saturated with ZQuiet reviews. Most are quite positive, but there are some users who state the device fell out while sleeping or did not last as long as they hoped. There are also some who experience soreness, but realistically, this is to be expected when you start wearing an MAD for the first time.
“I am a believer of ZQuiet (or should I say my wife is). It did hurt a bit for a few days but I got used to it. My wife said my snoring has decreased considerably although still not totally eliminated. I’d recommend it.” – Jerry Miller
“I bought ZQuiet for my father on Hanukkah as a sort of joke. At first everyone in the family, from my grandmother to cousins, was cracking up. My mother said there was nothing on this great earth that could stop my father from roaring in the night with his snoring. Well, to her shock and awe he went from snoring like a bear to just grunting a little. They’re both arguing less because my mother can now sleep! So I’m happy with it and so are they!” – Mordecai Levithan
“I have been using Z Quiet for several months now and was very pleased at first. The product made my teeth hurt in the morning for the first few days, then that sensation went away. Now my wife complains that I’m snoring yet again. The lower portion slips off my teeth at night, I end up waking with it repositioned in my mouth. I believe if you had at least two sizes to choose from; fits most sizes and a larger one, it would work longer for most customers. Mine just seems to be too small, almost childlike.” – David Snow
“My snoring was so bad my wife and I slept in opposite ends of the house. We were getting ready to go on a cruise and were terrified about my snoring causing us both to not get any sleep. About a month prior to our trip I decided to try the ZQuiet to see if it would help. I also purchased a couple of other brands to see what worked the best if at all. The ZQuiet worked at once and the other “solid hard” mouthpieces did nothing. Not only did it stop my snoring, but when I woke up in the morning I noticed I was sleeping all night without interruptions and I was more refreshed. It took a little getting used to, but now I am and there are no issues. It allowed us to enjoy our cruise and I feel better. Thank You!” – Gordon
“This is a miracle for me! I stopped snoring and finally let my lovely wife get a good night’s rest as a regular part of her life again. This is priceless to me, and I cannot say enough about it! If you get ZQuiet it takes some getting used to and can be a little rough on your jaws at first, but it is well worth the struggle, especially if you snore the way I used to.” – Mike
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Let’s Talk Price
One of the great things about ZQuiet is not only is it affordable, you can try it without shelling out a ton of money.
The device is $79.95, which is a fair price. You can to try it for a full 30 days for only $9.95.
On the 30th day after your device was shipped, your card will be charged $79.95, providing you haven’t scheduled a return.
If you do need to return it you have until day 45 before further action is taken, which gives you a full 10 days to get it back to the manufacturer.
It is ready-to-use as soon as it arrives, and it is quite comfortable.
I was able to move my mouth, breathe through my mouth, and even sip water.
I love that I was able to order for only $9.95 to try the product out first. Most of all, it was actually effective, which means my wife was also able to get a full night of sleep without me waking her up.
Based on my findings, I recommend the ZQuiet mouthpiece to try.
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.