Every now and then you will notice new ads on your local TV promoting some kind of snoring gadget for $9.99 or some similar ridiculous price. If you snore and have never tried one of these devices, you might get tempted to try one.
After all, can you go wrong for such a low price? In fact, you can.
What is the catch?
As a smart person, you probably already know that you get what you pay. What possible device can stop snoring, which you suffered for years, for the price of a pizza? Not a good one, actually.
There are few tricks advertisers use to promote no-snoring devices for a very low price. One is, for example, that they do not offer any guarantee or money back in case the device does not work.
So, you get your newly ordered mouthguard, you open the box, and it looks fine. You try it for few nights, but it does nothing for you. Of course not, it is probably just a sports mouthguard, which athletes use to protect their teeth from punches, or a mouthguard to prevent teeth grinding.
Both of these types of oral devices are much cheaper to produce and are frequently sold with guarantee that they will also stop snoring.
The other trick is that $9.99 is actually the price of shipping the mouthguard to you so that you can try it. The manufacturer will offer you 30 days trial period. If you do not return the product within 30 days (and you have to pay for the return postage), your credit card will be charged the full price.
One of such product is the zQuiet. The actual price is $59.95, which, with the shipping that you already paid, comes to a total of $69.90.
Similar example is the Puresleep snoring mouthguard. Advertised price of $9.95 covers only shipping and handling, so that you can try the device. The actual price is $69.85.
You might consider this cheating, but actually it is up to you to read carefully the fine print.
Large number of snoring device manufacturers are trying to succeed in a very competitive market, and advertising their product for $9.99 so that you can try it seems to be the industry standard.
Not $9,99, but is it a real deal?
Once you learn how the real no-snoring device should look like, you will find out that there is quite a range of no-snoring mouthguards on the market, and their prices go from about $40 to almost $2,000 for a custom made work by a dentist. What can possibly make such a difference in the price?
Most commercial snoring oral appliances cost about $70. We are talking about those that are actually designed to stop snoring. There are some cheaper mouthguards available, but you will never be sure what you are getting.
They come from manufacturer with no established reputation, from countries with no regulations about such products, possibly made of toxic materials, and sometimes made to prevent teeth grinding and not snoring.
OK, $70 is not too bad, but do those appliances actually work? Absolutely. You do not have to spend $1,500 to $2000 to your dentist to get a device that will stop snoring.
I learned about the Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) as an effective tool to stop snoring from my dentist, but the price was way over my head.
So, I tried several of such devices available online, and discovered that some of them are truly excellent. Learn more about my personal experience with them.
How do no-snoring mouthpieces work?
There are two basic techniques to prevent snoring, two types of devices that are currently being sold: Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD) and TSD or Tongue Stabilizing Device. MADs work by enabling a slight jaw advancement, pushing the lower jaw gently forward. TSDs work by extending the tongue forward with a small device that sits on your lips.
Snoring is normally caused by an obstacle in the air passage, usually the soft tissue in the throat is lose and flaps when it is relaxed while you sleep, making the annoying noise we recognize as snoring. Both MADs and TSDs prevent snoring by ensuring the free passage of air in and out of your throat, by strengthening of your throat muscles or keeping your tongue away.
MADs are very similar to sport mouthguards and mouthguards that prevent teeth grinding, but their design is completely different since they have to serve different purpose.
There are slight differences in the design and many products on the market today vary in the way they function. Some are made for people who cannot snore through their nose, and have large holes at the front of the device to enable free breathing. Other devices can be adjusted to incrementally move lower jaw forward, and not force it forward all at once. Some are made with a hinge between the two pieces, and the person wearing them can even drink while wearing them. You can learn more about different types from the mouthguard comparison chart that I prepared in order to help you to choose the device that will work for you.
Which one is the right device for me?
If you live in the US, you will not be able to go to your local Walmart and browse among different snoring devices on the store shelves, but shopping online is even more confusing. There are so many choices. I found that there are a few of them that stand out from all the others and you can read about them in my description of recommended devices. My comparison chart will help you learn what is available on the market, what are the differences between the devices and how much you should expect to pay. You can be sure that none of these devices cost $9.99. We are talking about reliable, effective snoring mouthguards, which can all do the job, but with slight differences. There are some points to think about before making your decision:
- The budget: there is no need to go for the most expensive device, if a cheaper one will do the job. Start with medium-priced mouthguards, which cost about $70, and if they do not work, move to something more expensive.
- If you breathe through your mouth, you need a device that is designed with breathing holes or gaps.
- If you cannot sleep with a full mouth of mouthguard, look for aTSD or Tongue Stabilizing Device, they are much smaller.
There are many effective no-snoring mouthguards on the market, but you have to be careful when choosing the right one for you. Products advertised for $9.99 are in most cases much cheaper and the advertised price covers only shipping costs so that you can try it. Read the fine print carefully before being forced to pay much more for something you do not like.
When choosing your first no-snoring product, go for the middle-price range, about $70. If such a product works fine, there is no reason to pay more. If not, look for those that are more expensive. Use my the mouthguard comparison chart to see what is available and pay particular attention to your special needs: snoring through the nose, or inability to wear full-mouth appliance. With a bit of homework and trial and error, you will find a perfect mouthpieces that will put the end to snoring for ever.