There are a lot of these devices on the market, each claiming a miracle cure for sleep apnea and the snoring that accompanies it. How do you know which is the best and what you should look for in a sleep apea mouthpiece? We look at a few brands here and offer purchasing advice.
Here we’ll look at a few of the best selling sleep apnea mouthpieces and what users say about them. Some of these devices are off-the-shelf and are fitted by the individual and some are simply use-as-they-are. Generally speaking, the cheaper devices aren’t fitted to the individual and don’t have the facility for fitting and adjustment.
The 2Plus2 Anti Snore is ‘clinically proven’ and comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.
- It’s designed to stop snoring and sleep apnea.
- Comes with easy instructions.
- Needs moulding before use.
- Prices are around £20/$12US
- 2 reviews on Amazon give it 4 out of 5, one saying that it takes a while to get used to.
SleepGuard claims an 85% effectiveness rate at preventing snoring.
- It works by holding the jaw forward slightly. This opens the airway at the back of the throat and prevents the tongue/soft palate from vibrating or blocking it.
- The SnoreGuard is moulded for personal use by putting it into hot water for a few minutes and then biting into the special upper and lower jaw trays.
- It costs about £30/$15US.
- Comes with a 30 day money back guarantee.
- Of the 54 reviews currently on Amazon for this product, 30 people gave it 5 stars, saying it worked for them.
The Tomed SomnoGuard AP is a sleep apnea mouthpiece is designed to move the jaw forward so that the soft palate and tongue don’t block the airway.
Reviews on the British Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association website gave it 4.5 out of 5 (62 reviews). One reviewer gave it the thumbs up but did say that it took about 10 days for him to get used to it.
- It has a secure and tight fit over the teeth, is easy to fit and this doesn’t need to be done by a dentist.
- There is a simple moulding process before you fit it. This takes about 10 minutes and can be re-done about 10 times. Re-moulding is necessary with all sleep apnea mouthpieces to make sure your teeth and jaw are comfortable as the teeth move a little over time and if you have dental work.
- It should last 12-18 months.
- You can use it if you have a blocked nose as it allows for mouth breathing.
- It can be worn with dentures and/or if you have some missing teeth.
- It is suitable for small, medium and large mouths, but not extra-large or extra-small.
- Prices vary but are generally around £100/$60US.
The Somni Snore Guard.