Best Snoring Mouthpieces & Mouthguards
Which IS the best of the anti snoring mouthpieces…
It is said “Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.” And whilst we can all smile at this quote, the reality is that snoring can be debilitating at best, and at worst it can impact on almost every face of your life – family, relationships, work and play.
Throughout this site you will find research, advice and treatment guides covering all facets of sleep and in particular sleep disorders, and here we review some of the best snoring mouthpieces that have been proven to provide some relief for snorers. Importantly, we encourage you to see your doctor, physician or specialist to discuss the best solution specific to your needs.
The American Sleep Association conducts a wide range of studies and research into sleep and sleep disorders, some of which is funded by some companies that are included in our results, and through which we earn commissions; our research results are not influenced by these fees.
|Adjustable in 1 millimeter increments. Allows for full mouth breathing and custom impression of the teeth.|
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|Adjustable by squeezing in both sides of the device. Custom impression can be created with the 'boil and bite' process||$69.95||View Website
|Adjustable with included hex tool to move the lower jaw.||$59.95||View Website|
|Holds the tip of the tongue in a forward position.||$99.00||View Website|
|Hinged at mandible/maxilla junction for more flexibility. Available in two sizes. No adjustment settings available.||$75.95||View Website
|Can be custom fitted through 'boil and bite' process. Unable to be adjusted.||$69.95||View Website
|'One size fits all' Tongue Stabilizing Device. Can be worn with dentures.||$140.00||View Website
|Three adjustable settings which cannot be changed after the boil-and-bite process.||$159.90||View Website
|Custom mold is taken with an impression kit that then is delivered to a dental lab.||$259.00||View Website
|Uses 'Boil and bite' for custom fit. Center hole supports mouth breathing.||$40.00||View Website
|Pivot at the front of the device allows the jaw to move laterally.||$130.00||View Website
|Allows for a custom impression. Non-adjustable. Two open holes on front accommodates mouth breathing.||$44.95||View Website
|Allows for a custom impression. Non-adjustable.||$42.00||View Website
|Hinged design to allow mouth to move freely. Cannot be fitted with the boil-and-bite process.||$55.00||View Website
|Large enter hole allows for mouth breathing. No adjustment setting available.||$40.00||View Website
|Positions jaw slide forward with integrated tongue suppressor to prevent tongue from blocking the airway.||$99.00||View Website
|Adjustable by calibrating strap on the side of the device. Support for lateral movement.||$76.00||View Website
What Is Snoring?
In its simplest form snoring is just the sound made when the upper airway to and from the lungs becomes constricted. Don’t be too concerned if you do indeed snore, mildly or significantly, as over half the general population snore; and of course, some people snore more than others.
You can discover more about the various causes, forms and treatments for Snoring throughout this website; the best place to start is this overview of Snoring.
How do snoring mouthpieces work?
Snoring occurs because the soft tissues in the back of the throat vibrate and press against other throat anatomy, producing that so familiar snore sound. Therefore, one of the more simple methods to minimise or even completely eradicate snoring is to mechanically separate the vibrating parts of the mouth and throat.
There are two principle types of snoring mouthpieces:
- Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD’s) – this method is named after the mandible or jaw bone and refers to the effect of moving the jaw slightly forward which results in a greater separation of the vibrating elements in the throats of snorers. You can discover more about the merits and potential downside issues of this type of device here on our Mandibular Advancement Devices research page.
- Tongue Stabilizing Devices (TSD’s) – this method takes a slightly different approach and seeks to isolate the tongue, pulling the tongue forward and creating a wider gap between the tongue and the back of the throat. You can discover more about the benefits and possible shortfalls of this kind of appliance here on our Tongue Stabilizing Devices research page.
How To Choose A Snoring Mouthpiece
Having decided, in conjunction with your doctor, that a stop snoring mouthpiece is a good option for you to consider there are a few key characteristics that you need to consider:
- Type – MAD or TSD? This is a tough one and it is hard for the ASA to provide anything more than “You just have to try one” advice – as you will see from the above referenced pages, the principles are quite different. Some people will gain the best advantage from an adjustable MAD and others will respond best to a TSD; based on our research around 2/3rds of people where a snoring mouthpiece is the ideal solution, seem to get the best results from Mandibular Advancing Devices.
- Material – the days of rigid solutions requiring you to fit around the device are well and truly gone. Advances in polymer technologies now provide the user with the ability to mold the main platform to fit your mouth – simply place them in hot water, allow to cool slightly and then place in your mouth. In a few moments you will have a close fitting device that will provide the optimum snoring outcome.
- Adjustable – although there are still custom made anti snoring devices that are fitted by dentists (at a cost of $2000 or more) today’s more cost effective solutions can still be highly beneficial, especially if they are also adjustable. Many have two or three settings, and the very best have incremental settings down to 1.0mm or 1/16th of an inch.
- Dentures – a simple but important question to ask – will the device you prefer work well if you have dentures
- Price – clearly the cost is a factor, and the range for mass produced mouthpieces is from as little as $19.95 through to $400 for the most expensive anti snoring mouthpiece, with the “sweet spot” being around $99
Here at the American Sleep Association we have developed our own rating system on a scale of 1 (being the least beneficial) to 5 (being the best). We review over 20 elements based on the latest trends in snoring device research and technology as well as taking into consideration such things as longevity, comfort and value for money.
How Long Do Snoring Devices Last
Durability obviously depends on the type of device but generally the more flexible and adjustable a mouthpiece is, the shorter the lifespan. The newer designed devices that us highly heat sensitive molding provide a great fit, but within a year or so, start to lose that flexibility. We certainly expect an mouthpiece for snoring to last at least one year (most come with at least a 1 year warranty) but at about year two we would suggest you consider a more contemporary replacement.
Do I Need A Doctor’s Prescription
The MAD’s and TSD’s included in our recommended list of stop snoring mouthpieces and reviews generally do not require a prescription. However, it is recommended that you speak with your physician and dentist about these devices before you use them.
There is an over arching concern that many individuals may have more severe health issues, like Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which may go undiagnosed, or be misdiagnosed, and that there may be complications as a result of no clinician intervention.
How Safe Are Snoring Mouthpieces
With over 50 years of development, the advent of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) oversight and national and international standards, a mouthpiece for snoring (be they Mandibular Advancing Devices (MAD’s) or Tongue Stabilizing Devices (TSD’s) or others) is broadly quite safe. Manufacturers go through stringent ISO Certifications to meet Medical Device Licensing requirements as well as ensure that their Intellectual Property and Patents are protected.
All the device Manufacturers that we have included in our snoring mouthpieces reviews include a minimum 30 Day Money Back Guarantee.
A cautionary note in relation to MAD’s is that because of the traction that is placed on the teeth or jaw for several hours each night, there is a tendency for the teeth to follow the direction of the stress. This can cause teeth and bite alignment issues. In addition, the slight stress on the jaw can create an ache that may concern users for the first few days.
BPA (bisphenol A) – BPA is a chemical found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Some research has shown that BPA can seep into food or beverages from containers that are made with BPA. Exposure to BPA is a concern because of possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children. Additional research suggests a possible link between BPA and increased blood pressure. As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said that BPA is safe at the very low levels that occur in some foods or devices we have not specifically excluded devices that may contain BPA, however we broadly recommend that you consider selecting non-BPA laden devices.
Will It Hurt
The key question is relative to what; relative to your partner beating you with a pillow at 2.00am in the morning? Then mildly, yes, it may be uncomfortable, or yes, even hurt a bit for a few days. Generally speaking, based on direct feedback from research participants, there is some discomfort for 3 to 10 days whilst things settle in and minor adjustments are made.
In the long term, the benefits significantly outweigh any minor, short term discomfort.
Is There A Difference Between Snoring Mouthpieces & Snoring Mouth Guards
No, they are one and the same, although the majority of terminology tends to be “snoring mouthpieces”. The references to snoring mouth guards has come about in recent years due to the similarity in technologies used to fit contemporary devices; similar to sports mouth guards, the key component for fitting a device is to place in hot water, cool slightly and then place in the mouth so that the item “molds” to the moth and teeth.
What If Snoring Mouthpieces Don’t Work
Anti snoring devices are always a good next step after changing your lifestyle elements such as losing weight, stopping smoking and reducing alcohol consumption. Regrettably, snoring is a complex disorder and often a symptom of more complex conditions.
Obviously you need to check that you are using the device correctly, it is properly adjusted and is not worn out. And of course, you should be consulting with your Doctor about your snoring generally, just in case it is indicative of a more complex medical condition.
What If I start Snoring Again
If you have an MAD, then making an adjustment to the settings will usually resolve things. However, lifestyle issues also come in to play as the years advance, specifically weight gain and alcohol, so take these into consideration before purely looking at your device.
An Important Note About Sleep Apnea & Anti Snoring Mouthpieces
Non-prescription anti snoring devices are not intended to treat Sleep Apnea. They can moderately relieve some of the symptoms, but Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea or Complex Sleep Apnea Syndrome (and all other Apnea-type disorders) need sophisticated diagnoses and treatment plans which in all fairness, you could not expect to alleviate for $19 to $399.
A person suffering from a Sleep Apnea disorder will require a device such as a CPAP machine with mask or BIPAP machine and mask, typically prescribed by a Doctor, Physician or Specialist.
You can discover more about the findings of our research and analysis of the latest trends in Sleep Apnea treatments in this section of our site.
Anything Else I need To Consider
Apart from the above reviews, recommendations and suggestions, there are just a coupe more things to bear in mind:
- Comfort – no matter how good a job your device does in preventing snoring, if it is not comfortable to wear, and does not allow you to relax, then you may well stop snoring (which your partner will certainly like) but you may find it more difficult to sleep, which creates a different problem
- Dental Care – these devices spend many hours inside your mouth so it is really important to a) keep the device clean, rinsing/cleaning regularly and b) to be extra vigilant with your teeth care brushing more frequently to minimise the prospect of decay
- Teeth Movement – if you had braces as you grew up, you may be susceptible to shifting teeth. These mouthpieces, particularly ones that advance your jaw (MAD’s) can prompt your teeth to wander over time
- Cleaning – there are some special cleaning fluids which can be purchased to clean your device. Simply using water with a gentle tooth brush will keep particles off the device and but denture-type cleaning compounds will help to prevent fungus and bacteria from growing on the device
The ideal stop snoring mouthpiece is…
- FDA cleared
- Is adjustable in small increments
- Is thermally fitted for comfort
- Makes your sleeping partner the happiest
We recommend that you individually review each of our reviews for the top few snoring mouthpieces by clicking on the “Learn More” button next to each summary on the above chart
What Else Can I Do To Stop Snoring
We recommend that you visit these links below to explore some of the alternative solutions to your sleep and snoring concerns:
- Visit Your Sleep Doctor
- Lifestyle Change – Alcohol & Weight Loss
- Anti Snoring Pillows
- Nasal Strips
- Dental Appliances
- Insomnia Medications & Sleeping Pills
- Positive Airway Pressure – CPAP Machines
- Bidirectional Positive Airway Pressure – BiPAP Machines
- Elective Snoring Surgery
The American Sleep Association (ASA) was founded in 2002 by a group of Sleep Professionals seeking to improve Public Health by increasing awareness of the importance of Sleep in ensuring a high quality of life, as well as the dangers of Sleep Disorders. Through our own Research, and investing in the Research of others, the ASA Members and Board are committed educating millions of people on the importance of sleep health and to resolving Sleep Disorders, Insomnia and Sleep Apnea.
- The Mayo Clinic Sleep Center For Sleep Medicine
- The Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine
- Harvard Medical School – Division Of Sleep Medicine
- Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep