Snoring is nightly or intermittent but a noisy occurrence, and is common in people of all age groups and gender. Generally seen as the source of disruption to your and your bed partner’s sleep, snoring is also known to have other health hazards.
Lack of peaceful sleep or disturbed sleep throughout the night causes fatigue and daytime dysfunction, while the high intensity of snoring is linked to high blood pressure and coronary artery diseases that may lead to heart attacks.
Thankfully, there are several devices available nowadays to stop snoring. Let’s discuss the features of one such anti snoring device called Snorerx.
Snoring is caused due to obstructed airway, that reduces the flow of air that we breathe in.
Snorerx is mandibular advancement device (MAD) or jaw retaining mouthpiece that helps to stop snoring, by the way of holding the lower jaw in the forward position and making the tongue fall back towards the throat. This kind of positioning makes for better air inflow and stops the throat muscles from vibrating.
The device is made up of durable medical grade copolymer and does not include any material like rubber bands, springs, screws etc. It uses the ‘boil and bite’ technology for its customized fitting in the mouth, and provides cushioning to avoid any grinding of teeth while using it.
Snorerx has a Calibrator that acts as a standard to measure the jaw adjustment accurately and a Posi-Lock that is used to lock and secure the settings, so that it doesn’t change while sleeping.
The front of the device has a large opening for breathing from the mouth.
Snorerx device is placed inside the mouth before going to bed for reducing or eliminating the snoring.
Snorerx works on the fact that when the lower jaw is pushed forward, the tongue doesn’t relax and ends up falling back, thereby creating an open air passage. This leads to improved airflow and relaxed throat muscles, that eventually stops the snoring.
To use Snorerx, you need to first dip the mouthpiece in boiling water for about 90 secs to soften the polymer. Take it out using a pair of tongs and drop it in cold water for about 2-3 secs to cool it down a bit.
Customize by placing the piece in your mouth and bite it firmly for about 30 secs to create the impression of your teeth. Drop it in the cold water again for 1- 2 mins till it hardens. Try and see if it fits properly. The entire process can be repeated 3-4 times till you get the right fit.
Once the fit is perfect, move and adjust the lower jaw forward using the calibrator and figure out the most comfortable position for your mouth. You may want to try several settings for a couple of nights before settling on one.
Snorerx also has its ‘adjusting’ side effects with respect to jaw pain or soreness of the mouth, that ideally disappears within a couple of nights. However, the pain is known to be unbearable to some users that they couldn’t sleep, unless they took the device out.
The mouthpiece also causes excessive drooling or formation of saliva which might be difficult to swallow at times.
Also, Snorerx cannot be used by people with teeth dentures, caps, crowns or bridgework.
Snorerx can be bought for price of $99 per mouthpiece. However, if you opt for 2 or 3 pieces, you can get a discount –
$154 – 2 Mouthpieces
$199 – 3 Mouthpieces
You would also be bearing the shipping cost, which is usually around $10 and the piece is sent via FedEx. In addition to that, you need to pay $2.28 as medical device excise tax.
So clearly, you’ll be shelling out approx. $112 for a single mouthpiece, all inclusive, which might be tad expensive for some.
The good thing is that they have a 30 day return policy, incase you don’t find the device useful or comfortable enough.
Unlike its competitors where the device designs are usually rigid, the calibrator in Snorerx can easily be used to adjust the forward positioning of the lower jaw, according to your comfort level. And these are micro-adjustments of 1 mm that can go up to 10mm to suit your need.
Apart from that, the boil and bite technology helps in molding the device to fit perfectly in the mouth of each user. It’s as though the piece gets customized for each individual user, thereby reducing the pain or soreness while getting used to it.
The device has an advanced design and comes with a lifespan of 12-15 months, unlike most others that have just 4-6 months.
These special features of Snorerx, sets it apart from the other branded mouthpieces, and makes for an ideal anti snore device.
Good Morning Snore Solution (GMSS) is a tongue stabilizing device. It is ready to use and doesn’t need any customization, as one size fits all. It is also suitable for people with dentures and comes with a longer lifespan.
However, it requires you to breathe from the nose which makes it difficult to use incase you have cold or a nose block. Also, the unit price is more than that of Snorerx and it requires a certified cleaning solution from the pharmacy for cleaning the mouthpiece.
One can also opt for VitalSleep or Airsnore, both of which are MAD devices and use the boil and bite technology.
Airsnore has a 60 day refund policy and comes with ‘Airsnore drops’ that provide antiseptic properties and soothes the nasal congestion during cold. But unlike Snorerx, Airsnore doesn’t have any adjustable feature to custom fit the mouthpiece, and it isn’t approved by FDA either.
Vitalsleep can be worn by people with dentures. However, the design of the device makes for a loose fit, since the mold fits around the gum line rather than the teeth and creates crevices too, that require thorough cleaning.
Snorerx has an advanced design and is an easy to use device. It is fully functional, well constructed, and has provisions to make micro-level forward and backward jaw adjustments as per your comfort, without using any extra tools.
The customization of the mould makes for an easy fit in the mouth, though some may continue to experience the discomfort, soreness and drooling during the initial few days.
Divya Dube is an avid reader of psychology, science and fiction. She loves to research and has been blogging and writing articles related to technology, creativity, health and lifestyle for numerous websites. She is also a gadget freak, a traveller, loves chocolates & can anytime be found tapping along to the music.