Snoring is starting to become a distant memory in our household, thanks to the various devices I have been trying over the last few months, but I wanted to keep researching a few more to find the best anti-snore device on the market. I feel that I have gathered sufficient expertise over many months of testing numerous products, and I wanted to use this new found knowledge to test a few last products.
The SnoreDoc is one of the cheapest products on the market, retailing at $39.95 and at the time of writing, there was a free postage and packaging offer, so this really is a value proposition. Of course, the value is immaterial if the device doesn’t produce the required results. Ironically for me, the device worked perfectly in solving the snoring issue, but it actually introduced a new problem, which meant that the device was totally unusable for me. In my opinion, I think this is a design flaw, and I will explain the issue in greater depth later in the article, but suffice to say, I made full use of the 30-day money back guarantee.
SnoreDoc – A Mad Device With An Inbuilt Flaw
The SnoreDoc is another product that falls into the MAD category. A Mandibular Advancement Device works by physically altering the position of the lower jaw, which in turn opens the airwave a little more, which consequently stops the snoring from happening. In my experience when one MAD device works for you, they generally all will and the Snore Doc worked perfectly for me. Some people are wary of placing such a large device in your mouth, while you are asleep, concerned that they will struggle to breathe. Snore Doc have tried to solve this problem, by placing breathing holes at the front of the mouthpiece.
Perhaps I was unlucky; perhaps it is just me, but my wife woke me up half way through the night complaining. While I was not snoring anymore, the holes were creating a high pitched whistling sound every time I breathed out. This was as bad, if not worse than the snoring the product was supposed to solve. I also found it interesting that this was one of the only devices I tried that had not been clinically tested. To manufacture a product at half of the price or less of the competition there have to be sacrifices made, and in my opinion, Snore Doc have tried to cut too many corners. Price is certainly an important factor, but it is only one of many, and this product reminds me of a device where the accountants have overruled the designers.
The pictures do not demonstrate clearly how big this mouthpiece is, and within a few minutes of putting it into my mouth, my jaw was already beginning to ache. The device does have the boil and bite system, which is designed to give you the perfect fit. The procedure is relatively straightforward, you place the SnoreDoc in a cup of boiling water, to soften the mouth guard. After 18 seconds, you remove the SnoreDoc from the hot water, shake off any excess water, and allow it to cool off for a few seconds. Then you simply place it in your mouth and bite down for about a minute. The mouthpiece is now shaped to fit your individual mouth shape. However, it doesn’t matter how well the shape of the product fits your mouth if the sheer bulk of it makes your jaw ache. Mark my words, this is a very big piece of equipment, it wasn’t comfortable to wear, it created that horrible whistling noise, and it didn’t last the night. Because of my negative experience with the SnoreDoc, I decided to do a little bit of online research to see if I was alone in my findings.
It seems however that there are some complaints about the whistling sound, so in that regard, my findings were not alone, and there were other complaints about the mouth guard falling out during the night. As I never managed to wear the snoring device for a full night’s sleep, this was another interesting point I wanted to note, as it seems to be a common complaint. In the short time, I did wear it; I also experienced a large amount of saliva build up, something which I don’t mind admitting left me feeling scared to fall asleep. The entire experience from start to finish left me uncomfortable, with a cramped jaw, and not able to sleep well. It didn’t inspire confidence in me and even if It had of worked well for me, I would have been wary of wearing it every night. With all of these products, the minute you lose confidence in them, they become useless to you.
This has been such a difficult review to write because I always like to find plenty of positives for each stop snoring mouthpiece, and if I am totally fair and honest, then in principle this mouthpiece did exactly what it was supposed to do. It did stop my snoring, and if that is the barometer upon which an anti-snoring device is to be measured then it seems harsh to be so critical. But on the other hand, you can’t solve the problem, by introducing another which is just as bad. On a positive note, if you are not a mouth breather, then this product could work perfectly for you, but you would have to test this individually
Regarding quality when you consider the low price of this snore guard, the quality was surprisingly good. Snore Doc is made of a thermoplastic material which has a rubber-like feel to it. The Snore Doc comes with a sturdy storage case and for further reassurance, it has been approved by the United States Food And Drug Association. I have no concerns about the quality or sturdiness of this product in regards to the materials used or the manufacturing process
Cleaning And Maintenance
Every time I get a new device, which I accept is more often than the majority of my readers, I perform a full and proper clean of the mouth guard. Some people may call me paranoid, but I have no desire to place a dirty product in my mouth, cleaning was relatively easy, with the possible exception of the breathing holes. I ended up using a toothbrush and some toothpaste; I observed that this was one of the only websites that didn’t mention how to clean the device. I am a guy, so you don’t expect me to read the enclosed instructions do you?
Summary of SnoreDoc Mouthpiece Review
Everyone has heard the saying that “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” and I think that perfectly sums up the SnoreDoc. This product represents unbelievable value, but the more you dig down into the product, the more the flaws and cost cutting aspects are revealed.
My first concern is the lack of any clinical tests. While it might not be a proper medically classified piece of equipment, that has a legal requirement for clinical tests, I feel that this is a telling omission. I would have thought that a positive clinical test would inspire confidence in prospective buyers, so does the fact that these tests have not been undertaken, or that the results have not been published, signify a lack of confidence from the manufacturer.
Without wishing to labor the point, the air holes are a design flaw, in my opinion. If it was just my personal experience, then I might have thought I had received a defective device, but when you read people having the same issues all over the internet, this to me points to a problem that needs to be resolved at the design stage. If it wasn’t so frustrating, it might actually be funny, but to replace snoring with a whistling noise almost seems cruel.
This stop snoring mouthpiece is larger, and more uncomfortable to wear than the majority of its competitors, and for reasons that I can’t quite fathom. There is no option to adjust the jaw positions, which means no need for complicated mechanisms, or extra bulk, so again this can only be put down to cost cutting options.
On a positive note, the price is fantastic and could be a cheap way of testing how your mouth copes with a MAD device. The manufacturer claims that it has a 95 percent satisfaction rate, but satisfaction and success can be two very separate entities.
The SnoreDoc does come with a full 30-day money back guarantee, which I made use of and which worked perfectly. Overall I had high expectations for this anti-snore device but in the end, I was left disappointed. I cannot in good faith recommend this device even at the wonderfully low price point.