Snoremate Mouthpiece Review – The good and the bad

snoremateSnoremate is unique in that it has been on the market longer than most all other anti-snoring products available today.  It came onto the scene in 1999 from Durban, South Africa, created by Mercia Perioli.  The price is very reasonable, and the company specifically claims that it is 85% effective.

The long lifecycle of the company gives you the added benefit of many user reviews as well.  Many people have claimed to find the Snoremate a successful solution to their snoring; however, my personal opinion is that it was not as comfortable as other mouthpieces and would not use it consistently as I would other products I tried.

The Technical Stuff

This is another MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device), but it does not look like a typical one.  Specifically, it looks more like a sports mouth guard than an anti-snoring mouthpiece.

snoring-solar22The majority of people snore because the tongue slips back into the throat, blocking the airway and causing vibrations.  These vibrations create snoring and more dangerously prevent the body from receiving the necessary oxygen needed throughout the night.

This product, like other MAD products, extend the lower jaw forward throughout the night preventing the tongue from slipping back and blocking the throat.

 

Fitting

Setting up the Snoremate was a simple process.  It works exactly like other boil and bite MAD devices I have set up in the past, so there were no issues with any complications setting it up or custom adjustments needed to be made.

I prepared the usual tools – a pot to boil water in, an empty bowl, a bowl of ice water and my cell phone so I could keep track of the time.

water boilAfter boiling the water, pour it into the empty bowl and dip the mouthpiece into the hot water holding the tab.  Only let it sit in the hot water for exactly 12 seconds.  Remove and after it cools only for a few seconds, place it in your mouth with your jaw in the position you would like it to be in.

Firmly bite down and hold that position, then remove it and place it into the ice water to set the shape.  Then place it back into your mouth to check the shape of the mouthpiece again.

The manufacturer recommends you keep the tab on it for the first few nights in case you need to redo the boil and bite again.  Once you are comfortable with it as a permanent fit you can remove the tab by cutting it off.

Initial Reaction

I tested a lot of MAD devices up to this point, and have found some excellent ones along the way.  I have to admit as soon as I put this in my mouth it felt very invasive.

My mouth felt very full and it was not comfortable.  I looked at my wife and she could not even fit it into her mouth.  Her mouth was even smaller than mine.  So, we essentially wasted a purchase because she would not be testing it with me due to the fact it was too large for her tiny mouth.

I was also forced to breathe through my nose as there were no air holes on this particular product.  This would be an issue for me when my allergies got bad as it would be impossible for me to wear it during the night.

Luckily, for now I was able to breathe comfortably in my nose but the future was not certain.

So far two major sticking points for the Snoremate, but I was determined to try it for the night even if that meant trying it alone.

Good Morning

morning-wake-up-250I woke up exhausted, I slept terribly.  Throughout the night I drooled considerably.  Drooling is normal at first, but this was much more than normal.  The size of the device was too large to fit comfortably in my mouth and created excess drooling I could visibly see and feel on my pillow.

I woke up with my pillow soaked in the middle of the night.  I got up to use the restroom and when I went back to bed I decided not to put it back in.  It was too uncomfortable and my jaw was noticeably sore already, I felt it was better to leave it out and sleep without one that night.

I tried again the following night, but the drool continued and the pain of my jaw was now so bad it hurt to open my mouth completely wide open!

It got to the point over the next few nights that it hurt my jaw to even chew my food.  This was too painful to continue and to my disappointment I had to end my trial early.

Strengths

  • Price point is very good.  The product is very affordable for anyone to purchase.
  • 30-day money back guarantee.  Good backing by the company to refund your money in case the product is defective or you want a refund for any reason.
  • Soft, non-abrassive material.  The thermoplastic material it is made up of did not irritate my skin or inner mouth at all.
  • Easy to clean.  The overall design and one piece makes it easy to clean, no nooks and crannies needed to get into.
  • People who suffer from bruxism can wear the device, although this causes it to wear down faster.
  • Customized fit.  Using the boil and bite you can mold it to your unique jaw structure.

Weaknesses

  • Uncomfortable.  The size of the mouthpiece is incredibly uncomfortable and my wife was unable even to test it for one night.
  • Not BPA (Bisphenol A) or latex free.  This is a harmful chemical used in the making of plastics which can be hazardous to your health.
  • Has not been cleared by the USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration).  Products that have been cleared by the USFDA are safer to use.
  • Not accredited by the BBB (Better Business Bureau).  Another accreditation that ‘s nice to have, companies that have been accredited by the BBB are more trustworthy.
  • No air holes.  Unable to be used by people who need to breathe through their mouth.  For myself, when my allergies are flaring up I need to be able to breathe through my mouth.
  • Needs to be replaced frequently.  The life cycle of the product is only three to four months which is very short.
  • Those with dentures, crowns, caps or braces cannot wear the product.  The gripping of the device to the teeth makes it unwearable for people who have these issues.

Pricing

price-200pxThe pricing of the Snoremate is very reasonable.  Out of all the devices on the market, this is one of the least expensive.  One mouthpiece costs $32, plus $8 shipping and comes with a storage case.

The double pack is $42 plus $8 shipping which is what I purchased – one for me and one for my wife.  The price per unit when purchasing the double pack drops all the way down to $21 per unit.

You have to remember that the Snoremate has to be replaced every few months, and if you have bruxism replacement is needed even faster.  The cost will add up over time, and actually paying for a higher priced mouthpiece that lasts 12 months or more will save you money in long run.

Check the current price of Snoremate

My Last Words

conclusion2The Snoremate was not something I can recommend.  For me personally the intrusiveness and bulkiness of the product caused many problems.

My wife was even unable to test it for one night.  The drooling was out of control, and the soreness of my jaw was immense.

I ended up cutting my test short because my jaw was in so much pain.  The price is low, but if you need to replace it every three to four months the price is not worth it.  You would be better off buying a more expensive one that needed to be replaced only once a year.

The company was very difficult to find information on, it is not approved by the FDA or part of the BBB and the device is not BPA or latex free.  The negatives outweigh the positives this time, and I would not put it in my rotation of anti-snoring devices I use regularly.

Official site: www.snoremate.com