Ripsnore Mouthpiece Review: A Closer Look

ripsnoreRipsnore is just as reasonably priced as other good mouthpieces, so I was expecting it to be just as good as the other ones.

Possibly even better because of the high success rate that it claims to have – 98 percent!

It is a very popular product, the first time I saw it was in fact on television and it is marketed to be an “As Seen on TV” product.

However, being popular does not always mean great, especially when it comes to anti-snoring devices.  There were some positives for the Ripsnore, but after all was said and done my experience was not a good one.

The Technical Stuff

This is a typical MAD (Mandibuar Advancement Device).  The Ripsnore is made of a material called Dynaflex that is BPA free.  This is where the advertising for the product already starts to get tricky!

Upon further research I found that they advertise the material (dynaflex) as being cleared by the USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration, and the CE (Conformite Europeene) but the actual device itself it not.  Tricky wording and possible misleading advertising here.

The device has an airhole which allows mouth breathing while you are wearing it.

A necessity for those with blocked up nasal passages during the night due to allergies, sinuses, or other nasal conditions.  Personally I have allergies and I have to use a mouth breathing apparatus for when I am sleeping, so MAD devices are heavy in my rotation.

Fitting

There was nothing non-standard about the boil and bit method here.  It was the same procedure I have used for all my other MAD devices.  A pot is needed to boil the water, ice water for after boiling it, something to keep track of the time (i.e. a cell phone) and a slotted spoon.

As the water began to boil I placed the product inside for two minutes.  After that two minutes was up, I let the product cool a little outside the water and then placed it into my mouth.  Right off the bat it felt bulky which I immediately thought would be a problem later on.  I moved my jaw forward to the position it needed to be in and bit down for 45 seconds.

Then I placed the product in the ice water for 60 seconds for it to harden completely.  On some occasions you will not be satisfied with the first fitting you do.  I have done this often enough that normally I get it ‘right’ on the first try; however, this was not one of those times!

I had to repeat the entire process again as I was not satisfied how it turned out.  After the second time of doing the boil and bite method I thought it was enough for me to test for the night.

The manufacturer states that you can boil and bite up to five times.  However, if you need to refit it more than three times they instruct you to use the second device that is included.  I thought this was an ambiguous description of how many times you could actually use the method to refit the product over and over.

Since I only did it twice this first time it was not an issue for me.

Next I set it up for my wife.  You receive two products when you make the purchase, which is one of the positives for the device.  If you are a two-snore household this turns out to be beneficial.  However, it will be hard to justify the price if there is only one snorer in the home.

Initial Reaction

After I placed the product in my mouth initially, it felt very bulky!  Quite a difference compared to other products I tested and enjoy using.  Right away I knew this was going to be a difficult night of sleep because the initial insertion forced me to keep my mouth wide open considerably more than I am used to.

Not a good sign.

I explained to my wife the situation, and she agreed this was going to be a tough night of sleep.  She could barely keep the product in her mouth without her mouth being in discomfort from the size of it.  Regardless, we both forged on with our testing.

I will say that one positive is that the material was non-irritating.  It did not rub me the wrong way and the material felt smooth inside my mouth.  My wife felt the same way, and her skin is considerably more sensitive than mine.

Looks like the Dynaflex was a good material to use here.

Waking Up

morning-wake-up-250When I woke up in the morning, I was exhausted!  I knew I did not have a good night of sleep based on how tired I was when I woke up.

I also had drooling problems throughout the night.  The size of the mouthpiece was so large that it caused me to drool considerably more than when I used other products.  I also woke up a few times during the night, once to use the bathroom and the other time because the product fell right out of my mouth!

Not a typical problem for sure.  I expect an anti-snoring device, and especially at this price, to stay in my mouth for an entire night of sleep.  I also had some soreness in my jaw.  This no doubt was because of the size of the thing.

By forcing my mouth open at such a level my entire mouth and jaw region was sore the entire day.  Having some soreness is normal, this was a little more than what I was used to.  I was going to push on and continue using it for some days to allow my face to become ‘accustomed’ to the product.

My wife also was sore and tired the following morning.  She mentioned she heard me snoring during the night – this could have been when the device fell out.  I also heard her snoring a little when I got up to use the bathroom.

Not a great first night!

Strengths:

  • No BPA. BPA is an industrial chemical that is used to make plastics.  There are many health hazards associated with it
  • 45-day money back guarantee and a 6-month warranty. 45 days is a little below the industry average, but still enough time to test the product.
  • Airflow allows you to breathe through the nose and mouth. If you have any allergies or sinuses, this is a must.
  • Is possible to be worn by some denture wearers.

Weaknesses:

  • Not cleared by the FDA.
  • Company is not accredited by the BBB (Better Business Bureau).
  • Cannot make precision adjustments on the lower jaw.
  • Quite invasive, feels very bulky inside the mouth.
  • Not a good concept ‘one size fits all’. Way too big for some mouths.
  • No supporting evidence to back up the claims from the website.
  • Short lifespan – as little as three months.

Pricing

price-200pxThe Ripsnore is priced at $67 which includes the shipping costs.  You actually receive two devices for this price.

There is no option to buy one, which I found to be not a good decision by the company.

I would personally like to buy one to test, and if needed purchase a second one for the future.

There is a 45-day money back guarantee and a six-month warranty for any defects.  You can also use PayPal to buy the product, which is a nice alternative form of payment I do not see from other companies.

Final Thoughts

conclusion2To be quite honest, it ‘s hard for me to recommend this product to other snorers.  I know that each device is different, and each person is different but the one size fits all is not the case here.

Remember I have my mouth to try the product and my wife’s mouth.

Both of us felt the same way.  I woke up with considerable soreness which lasted throughout the day.  I also disagree with the statements the company made on the site – which are blatantly untrue.

The company is not accredited by the BBB (which the website claims), and the product is not FDA cleared (which the site also claims).

UPDATE:  After testing the product for more nights, my initial reaction has not changed.  My wife had heard me snoring on the nights I used the product.  The product had fallen out repeatedly, and I woke up tired after using it.  My jaw continued to hurt throughout the week as I kept using it.

Usually the soreness will dissipate after a while, but that was not the case here.  My mouth was not becoming accustomed to this specific product.  My conclusion previously still stands – I will have a difficult time recommending this product to anyone.