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Attention All Snorers! — 32 Comments

  1. My husband snores and it may be due to some rhinoplastic surgery as a child. He would like to try the anti snoring mouthpiece but wonders if it would be sufficient in his case?

    • Here are some adjunctive therapies to use with the anti snoring mouthpiece to improve your bed partner’s snoring even more. Given that he had surgery some form of rhinoplasty as a child there might be an upper limit on what we can realistically achieve. But the following are worth a try.

      1. Try using Chin-Up Strips with the anti snoring mouthpiece at the same time. They are
      very effective at reducing snoring for less than $1 per day and they are
      also very comfortable. We have had great success with the Chin-Ups Strips.
      They are being used world-wide and the FDA has indicated that they are
      effective at treating snoring. You can read more about this product
      in my article Stop Snoring with Chin-Up Strips. I’ll send you some free samples.

      2. Add humidification to your sleeping environment. The cool mist
      humidifiers work quite well and are safer than warm water ones.

      3. Try a natural solution for reducing nasal congestion and post-nasal drip.
      Mix 1 qt of warm water with 3 tsp of pickling salt and 1 tsp of baking soda.
      Make sure it is mixed thoroughly and then gently spray it into your nasal
      passage with a syringe before bed. This remedy should work for nasal
      congestion as well as a runny nose and possibly sinusitis. As with all
      nasal remedies, consult your medical doctor before trying this one.

      4. Have a custom fitted device made. A custom fitted device will be more
      comfortable and 5 – 10% more effective. I suggest that you make an
      appointment to see a dentist who specializes in Sleep Related Breathing
      Disorders (SRBD). They will be able to make a MAD customized perfectly to
      your jaw and teeth lines. You can probably locate a suitable dentist here:
      http://www.quietsleep.com/findadentist/findadentist.cfm.

    • It sounds like you are one of the unlucky few for whom the anti snoring mouthpiece does
      not help. You should consider the possibility that some degree of
      obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is occurring. Many people for whom the
      anti snoring mouthpiece is not effective have OSA. I recommend that you have an
      overnight sleep study performed, make sure it is done in a sleep disorders
      center or hospital and not at home. They are much more accurate that way.
      This will help to rule out OSA and give the sleep doctor a better idea of
      what solutions to recommend. I will send you a sleep study request form
      that you can have your family doctor complete and fax to the local sleep
      disorders center. OSA usually requires a different approach to treatment;
      but once treated, can produce some dramatic life and health changes. Many
      of my clients have reported feeling 20 years younger and wish they had
      pursued it much sooner.

      You can find a sleep disorders center easily using this site:
      http://www.sleepcenters.org. Choose one that is accredited by the Academy
      of Sleep Medicine or one within a hospital if you have the choice. Let me
      know if you need some more pointers as you work through the diagnostic
      process.

    • Quite a few of my clients have had great success using the anti snoring mouthpiece with
      dentures. If you choose to try the anti snoring mouthpiece, try fitting it without your
      dentures in your mouth and right against the gum lines. Then try sleeping
      with the anti snoring mouthpiece in your mouth. If the anti snoring mouthpiece does not stay in, then
      use denture adhesive along the gum line to keep your anti snoring mouthpiece in place.
      This approach replaces your dentures with the anti snoring mouthpiece while you sleep and
      uses denture adhesive to keep it in place.

      If this does not work, then re-shape the anti snoring mouthpiece with your dentures in
      your mouth. Use denture adhesive to keep the dentures in if the anti snoring mouthpiece
      pulls the dentures out of place.

  2. Can you tell me if the anti snoring mouthpiece is an appliance that you mold to your
    mouth after heating in water?

    • Yes Anti snoring mouthpiece is a “Boil and Bite” device. It’s very effective. I’ve been
      selling it for about 10 years now and with the thousands I’ve sold, I have
      only had about 45 returned. Most of these clients had severe sleep apnea and
      this problem needs a different approach.

  3. I have used your anti snoring mouthpiece in the past with some success at the
    beginning (about 2 to 3 months), after which it appears to no longer work. I
    had even referred your product to others. Has the product been improved in the pass 12 to 18 months? Should I even consider trying another? What is the chance of success???

    • I checked your order history and the last order you
      placed was in 2006. I think it might be time to try a new anti snoring mouthpiece. Some
      improvements in the material have been made in the last 3 years. That being
      said, please keep in mind that this anti snoring mouthpiece unfortunately won’t last
      forever. The anti snoring mouthpiece should last between 6
      months and one year. How long it will last depends on the care and cleaning
      as well as how much you move your mouth while asleep. Most of my clients
      replace it once every 9 months.

      If the anti snoring mouthpiece is losing effectiveness within about 3 months as you
      mentioned, then nighttime jaw movement is likely stretching the anti snoring mouthpiece
      while you sleep. Here is what I suggest, try reshaping the anti snoring mouthpiece at
      the three month mark or when it starts losing effectiveness. Instructions
      for the fitting process can be found here: http://www.snorban.com/how-to-fit

      During this reshaping, remember to advance your lower jaw slightly and also
      push the outside of the anti snoring mouthpiece against your teeth with your fingers and
      use your tongue to push the anti snoring mouthpiece against the teeth on the inside of
      your mouth. While you are doing this, suck all the water and air out of your
      mouth.

      You could even try this with your current anti snoring mouthpiece and it might get you
      another 2 to 3 months use. Let me know how it works out.

  4. Thanks for the quick delivery. I have yet to fit it, as am still using an
    older version of a different mouthpiece, bought through a company here in Surrey BC
    about 3 years ago. I don’t think they are still around or related to you
    guys, but product appears similar and for the most part works very
    successfully. I am pondering having my tonsils removed to help open up the
    air passage even further. Is that recommended??

    I look forward to using your product soon.

    • You are welcome. I would wait to see how the anti snoring mouthpiece works before having
      your tonsils removed. The problem with any surgery to reduce snoring is that
      it is very difficult to know exactly where the obstructing tissue is
      located. It varies from person to person and can be the soft palate, the
      tonsils, the uvula or other areas. Surgery is often a hit and miss process
      and can be painful. Most studies state that it can be as low as 40%
      effective.
      If you decide to pursue surgery, let me know. I can help by providing you
      with some steps to follow that may increase the likelihood of success.

    • The anti snoring mouthpiece should last between 6 months
      and one year. How long it will last depends on the care and cleaning as
      well as how much you move your mouth while asleep.

  5. I figured I would send you some feedback regarding the product I bought. I
    am not married so it is a bit difficult to get feedback so to speak but this
    past weekend my partner told me that the first night the product worked well in
    reducing my snoring but the second night it did nothing at all. I am not
    sure if I have bitten down into it too much causing the product to not work or whether having a few drinks impacted the air way. I want the product to work since
    I don’t want my partner to have to endure my snoring so I am hoping you can
    help.
    Should I try remolding the device?

    • Thanks for this feedback. I would wait for a reshaping. Snoring is always
      worse with a little bit of alcohol. It doesn’t take that much either, 1 or
      2 drinks are all you need some times. What happens is that alcohol causes
      relaxation. This relaxation also occurs in the tissues in the upper
      airway. More relaxed upper airway muscles and tissues allows them to “flop” around
      and then gravity pulls the tissue in the upper airway downward and this causes
      structures in the upper airway to touch. When the air passes by the
      touching tissues, they start to vibrate and result in the nasty snoring noise.
      On your next weekday “sleepover”, when there is less likelihood of
      enjoying a few drinks, see what your bed partner says. If there is less snoring, then
      we’ve isolated the reason. If not, be sure to let me know and then we can
      discuss a re-shaping.

  6. How does the snoring relief mouthpiece contour to fit
    different configured profiles of individuals?

    • The anti snoring mouthpiece is one-size fits all and will contract or expand to fit
      all mouths that are within the normal range. When it is properly shaped
      it is very comfortable. I include a great set of detailed instructions
      on how to shape the anti snoring mouthpiece.

  7. I wear a mouthguard on my upper teeth
    (to stop grinding of teeth at night). Will this work for me…? Since I
    have to wear a mouthgaurd, can both be worn?

    • Unfortunately you can’t wear both mouthguards at the same time. That
      being said, the anti snoring mouthpiece will help with
      bruxism (teeth grinding) as well as snoring. You will likely have to
      replace it a little more frequently, say once every 6 months instead of
      once every 12 months.

  8. Just curious, on some feedback. I’ve really tried a lot of the commercial
    snoring apparatuses on the internet and have found that the anti snoring mouthpiece is
    the only product the works fairly well, so that’s why I use it when
    needed. My only issue is that I’m a mouth breather, and enjoy breathing
    in that fashion (although I know it’s not the healthiest approach to
    breathing). Besides surgery, are there any low cost commercial mouth
    devices that allow the user to continue breathing through the mouth,
    that have fairly good success rates to stop the snoring. I’ve tried the
    nasal strips, the nose pinchers, mouth sprays, and nothing works like
    the anti snoring mouthpiece. Just brainstorming other ideas. Any ideas would be
    appreciated.

    • I have a couple of suggestions for mouth breathing. The first one
      is to look into having an anti snoring mouthpiece custom made by a dentist. It will be
      quite a bit more expensive ($800 or more) but likely worth the cost.
      There are all sorts of dental devices available to dentists that I do
      not have access to. These include hinged ones and ones specially
      designed for mouth breathing. If you need help finding a dentist
      specializing in sleep related breathing issues, let me know. The other
      suggestion is to customize your Anti snoring mouthpiece. Some of my clients have had
      some great success with the following modification: After fitting the
      anti snoring mouthpiece you can drill a hole through the front of it, as if you were
      drilling between the upper and lower teeth. Start by drilling about a
      1/8″ hole in the centre and see if it helps. If not, then drill a couple
      of same size holes adjacent to the original hole. Make sure the holes
      all touch so you end up with a small “slot-like” opening. This should
      allow enough air passage for good mouth breathing while maintaining
      adequate advancement of the jaw.Let me know if this helps.

  9. My husband has an anti snoring mouthpiece which he got from his dentist and
    it does stop the snoring. But he complains about it being uncomfortable.
    So, I wonder when you state “comfortable” if it really is.

    • The anti snoring mouthpiece is one-size fits all and will contract or expand to fit
      all mouths that are within the normal range. When it is properly shaped
      it is very comfortable. The anti snoring mouthpieces dentists supply are usually
      made of a non-flexible plastic that is similar to the
      appliances/retainers people wear after having their braces removed. The
      one I market is made from a medical silicone type plastic that is soft
      and flexible. I include a great set of detailed instructions on how to
      shape the anti snoring mouthpiece.

    • No, unfortunately the anti snoring mouthpiece is not recommended for people with sinus issues.

  10. I only breath through my mouth, can I still use an anti snoring mouthpiece?

    • With a slight modification you can breathe easily through your mouth
      with the device. Most snorers breathe through their mouths because
      their brain senses the obstructed nasal breathing that causes the
      snoring. In essence, snoring reduces airflow and to compensate,
      breathing takes the path of least resistance, which is through the
      mouth. Mouth breathing isn’t that healthy because the air is bypassing
      the natural filtration system within the nasal passages and this leaves
      the air you breathe full of pollutants.

      The anti snoring mouthpiece makes breathing through your nose possible because it
      opens up the airway and most people naturally begin to breathe through
      their noses again.

      Just to make sure this is the case, lie down on your back. If you can
      still breathe clearly through your nose while awake, then the
      anti snoring mouthpiece will likely be quite effective at reducing snoring and
      helping you to breathe more healthily through your nose again while you
      sleep.

      If you can’t breathe through your nose and need to breathe through your
      mouth, I have a solution. After fitting the anti snoring mouthpiece you can drill
      a hole through the front of it, as if you were drilling between the
      upper and lower front teeth. Start by drilling about a 1/8″ hole in
      the centre and see if it helps. If not, then drill a couple of same
      size holes adjacent and to the original hole. Make sure the holes all
      touch so you end up with a small “horizontal slot-like” opening. This
      should allow enough air passage for good mouth breathing while
      maintaining adequate advancement of the jaw.

  11. I have tried the device you have sent me. I think I will have to modify it a
    bit to make it comfortable as the upper part of it pushes against my gums
    quite a lot. The bottom part does not seem to hold my jaw but that might be due
    to me not fitting it correctly.
    I will be cutting some of the shield down and trying it again because my
    girlfriend said it helped quite considerably.

    • Thanks for letting me know how you are doing. The discomfort happens
      occasionally and it is sometimes related to an ambitious first shaping. Try
      shaping it one more time without the modification you mentioned. During this
      fitting, push the outside of the anti snoring mouthpiece against your teeth with your
      fingers and use your tongue to push the anti snoring mouthpiece against the teeth on the
      inside of your mouth. While you are doing this, suck all the water and air
      out of your mouth. One more thing, don’t move your lower jaw forward at all
      this time. The anti snoring mouthpiece naturally moves the lower jaw forward slightly
      and it might be all you need.

    • For Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), the best remedy is Continuous
      Positive Airway Pressure
      (CPAP). A CPAP mask and unit are about 99%
      effective in solving obstructive sleep apnea providing the system is
      tolerable. Surgical techniques are painful and not very effective. The
      anti snoring mouthpiece was developed to reduce snoring.
      This device is known as a Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD). Although
      I am not a medical doctor and can therefore not treat your OSA, the
      anti snoring mouthpiece is a great alternative and
      adjunctive therapy for mild OSA when it is used carefully. In fact, the
      Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (ADSM) supports the guidelines
      published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in the January 2006
      issue of the journal SLEEP regarding the use of oral appliances to treat
      mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea and snoring (see: Kushida,C.A.,
      Morgenthaler,T.I., Littner, M., et al. Practice Parameters for the
      treatment of snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliances:
      an update for 2005. SLEEP 2006; 29: 240-243). MAD’s can also be used
      with more severe degrees of sleep apnea where CPAP is not tolerated.

      If you are unsure of the severity of your OSA, reply to this e-mail with
      your respiratory disturbance index (RDI) or the number of respiratory
      disturbances per hour of sleep or your CPAP pressure and I will give you
      an idea of your severity rating.

      For my clients with OSA, I recommend the following steps (please discuss
      them with a medical doctor):

      1 – Have an initial overnight sleep study performed in a sleep disorders
      center to assess the severity of the OSA. If possible, choose a sleep
      disorders center within a hospital, otherwise choose an accredited
      private center. I do not recommend having a sleep study performed in
      your own home or with portable equipment because they are typically not
      as accurate. If you need instructions on how to request a sleep study
      let me know, I can give you some pointers.

      2 – If an overnight sleep study is not possible, then buy the SLEEP
      ADVISOR SYSTEM. I will send you some information on this diagnostic CD. Simply pop the
      Sleep Advisor CD into your computer, answer a few questions and within
      minutes you will know the approximate severity of your OSA. The Sleep
      Advisor CD uses SOPHISTICATED DIAGNOSTIC FORMULAE to analyze your
      answers and provide you with a Personalized 10 – 15 page SLEEP HEALTH
      ANALYSIS REPORT. This detailed report will tell you exactly what is
      going on with your sleep and whether or not you have OSA.

      3 – Buy the anti snoring mouthpiece and use it for fast,
      affordable and guaranteed relief while you work on the next steps.

      4 – Work on getting set up on CPAP. This usually requires another sleep
      study, although some CPAP units have an auto-set function that
      determines the correct pressure while you use the unit in the comfort of
      your own home. Ask your sleep disorders center staff about the use of
      this type of CPAP.

      5 – If CPAP is well tolerated and provides some relief, then use it
      nightly. The anti snoring mouthpiece can be used when you
      need a break from CPAP or while traveling and a CPAP unit is too
      troublesome to carry around.

      6 – If CPAP is not well tolerated, then have a 3rd sleep study performed
      while using the anti snoring mouthpiece. If the sleep study confirms that the anti snoring mouthpiece is effective; then consider buying a new one every year. They will sometimes lose their shape a little and
      this compromises effectiveness. If you don’t want to buy a new one
      every year, then make an appointment to see a dentist who specializes in
      Sleep Related Breathing Disorders (SRBD) who can also make a MAD
      customized perfectly to your jaw and teeth lines. If you would like a
      list of SRBD dentists in your area, let me know. The custom-fitted MAD’s
      cost anywhere from $800 to $2,000 and because they are customized units,
      dentists cannot give you your money back if the MAD does not work. That
      is why I recommend starting with the anti snoring mouthpiece.

      7 – Make sure your progress is followed closely by a medical doctor and
      never stop any of the approaches above without talking to your medical
      doctor first.