SnoreRx is one of the many snoring mouthpieces on the market and with so many options out there it may be difficult to choose the right one. But this particular device offers features that other devices lack, making it stand out of the crowd.
SnoreRx is a “boil and bite” mandibular advancement device (MAD). The purpose of a MAD is to hold the jaw forward during sleep to prevent obstruction of the airway so air can move in and out quietly.
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When we sleep, muscles in the throat relax, causing tissue to collapse into the airway. Air that usually moves freely and quietly through the airway becomes obstructed and causes vibrations of the tissue, which makes the snoring sound.
Mandibular advancement devices, such as SnoreRx, lift the jaw forward to prevent tissue collapse in the airway and keep air moving quietly.
SnoreRx comes packaged with a case for storage and step-by-step instructions to customize the fit.
A timer, cup, bowl of cold tap water, spatula or tongs, and microwave are needed to boil and fit the device. It helps to read the instructions through before beginning since timing is important, and also have the materials out and ready.
Before fitting, make sure the device is set at its 3 mm factory setting, and then bring the cup of water to a boil. Insert the device for 90 seconds before removing and place into the cold tap water for a couple seconds to cool it down. To make the impression, firmly bite down on the device for 30 seconds and place in the cold tap water for 60 seconds for the impression to set in. Teeth marks should be seen on the device but if they are not, this step can be repeated up to three times.
Since the device is custom-fitted, it cannot be shared with another user. Initially, it should be worn at the factory setting of 3 mm, but can be easily adjusted if needed.
It can take some time for the mouth to get used to wearing the device and drooling and dry mouth may occur during this time. Tenderness of gums and mouth may also occur for some people. The manufacturer recommends starting by only wearing the device 1-3 hours for the first couple of days to lessen these side effects until the mouth acclimates to it.
SnoreRx is a “boil and bite” device. This feature makes the device custom-fitted to hold the mouth comfortably in place throughout the night. Although there are other boil and bite devices out there, some of them do not offer the chance to refit after the first attempt and need to be done carefully the first time. SnoreRx can be refitted up to three times to create the best impression of the device.
What also makes SnoreRx different from other devices is the ability to adjust the jaw in 1-millimeter increments. Currently, there is no other MAD with this feature. Some devices are one-size-fits-all and do not have the ability to make lower jaw adjustments.
SnoreRx is also able to be easily readjusted and clearly shows the number it’s set at, along with a reference point.
According to the manufacturer's website, SnoreRx can last 11-15 months. This is longer than the lifespan of most of the other MADs on the market.
The price for a SnoreRx device is $129 with a current online price of $99. There seems to be a broad price range on mandibular devices ranging from $39.99 all the way up to $200 with SnoreRx somewhere in the middle. Although it's a little more pricey than some of the other devices, the lifespan can make up for the price difference. Many of the less-expensive options need to be replaced sooner than SnoreRx.
Currently, two devices can be purchased online for $154 which seems to be a good deal.
SnoreRx is soft and comfortable, made with medical grade materials and no metal or anything else that creates torsion.
The manufacture of SnoreRx recommends daily cleaning. Cleaning is done easily with a toothbrush and toothpaste, and it's recommended to use a denture solution once every one or two weeks. Let it air dry completely and store it in the case that comes along with it.
SnoreRx is not an alternative treatment to CPAP machines and masks and does not treat sleep apnea.
SnoreRx is not one-size-fits-all due to its adjustment features and custom fit, so it could be the MAD choice for you, as long as you don't have any contraindications mentioned above. Wearing it through the night has shown to result in better sleep and less daytime sleepiness.
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