Snore Guard is an anti-snoring Mandibular Advancement Device (lower jaw forwarding mouthpiece) that has been around since 1989.
By forwarding your jaw bone slightly, your airway gap at the back of your throat increases or becomes unrestricted allowing air to pass through your upper airway fully resulting in the elimination of your snoring.
It is only useful for those of you that snore due to a mis-positioned jaw.
If your airway is becoming blocked due to your jaw bone (Mandibular) restricting your air passage at the back of your throat, then this type of device is what you should be looking for.
If your snoring is due to any other underlying snoring problem then you should not be even considering any type of Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD).
You need to find the type of snoring solution for YOU that will address the problem that is causing YOU to snore otherwise you really are just wasting your time and money.
On the face of it the Snore Guard mouthpiece seems a runaway winner and something I should be rushing to snap up.
There glitzy sales website certainly made me think that this would be the answer to mis-positioned jaw snoring issues and it’s backed up with some great statistics and FDA approved as the cherry on the cake.
I could be mistaken, but I just can’t think of another anti-snoring mouth guard that has been around since 1989 and still survives today. That’s nearly 15 years. I’m impressed.
Hang on a minute, have they actually updated this mouthpiece using the latest materials and technology since it came onto the market in 1989 or is this still the same 15 year old product?
Well, it seems as if little has changed in the actual design, which isn’t a bad thing and even designs today are essentially the same but with perhaps some minor tweaks added.
Unfortunately, there are no specific details of the materials that the mouthpiece is made from on their website.
With lack of specific reference, I can only presume that the actual material does not seem to be made from the super comfy BPA free materials that other newer competitor mouthpieces are using.
This may explain why some customer Snore Guard reviews mention the lower levels of comfort compared to other leading mouthpieces available today and also the longer period needed for their mouth to settle down.
Even the Snore Guards website does highlight the fact that people will probably experience some levels of discomfort when they first start to use it for a few days…or weeks!
The main reason why so many mouth guards have failed in the past has been solely down to how hard and uncomfortable they were to tolerate at night, even though they may have delivered the intended results of stopping your snoring.
However, today there really is no reason at all not to have a Mandibular Advancement mouthpiece that is super soft and almost unnoticeably comfortable and deliver the desired no snore results…they do exist and is probably why they sell in such vast numbers with very low return rates and even lower comfort dissatisfaction rates.
You can take a look at our latest Lab Test Results for what we consider to be the very best anti-snoring mouthpieces on the market today and why.
The Snore Guards website has some pretty compelling Clinical Trial headlines splashed about, with the super bold figures of a 99% success rate for stopping your snoring.
Now, I may be a bit of a skeptic, but to achieve a consistent 99% success rate for a snoring mouthpiece amongst NORMAL online buyers like you and I (not specially selected trial candidates) is almost impossible when you factor in such things as some people buy it but their snoring issue is not due to a mis-positioned jaw, some people just never end up wearing it, some people just don’t like the color and the reasons go on.
I did a bit of digging into the Clinical Findings of the actual supporting trials and it would seem that the Clinical Trial conducted in 1995 did indeed see a result of 99%. Fantastic.
However, if you look at all of the other Clinical Trial results and wade through the boredom of the Clinical Testing language, you actually find that success rates drop lower than this 99% figure.
Obviously, don’t take my non-scientific word for it, take a read of the publicly available datasets and reports for yourself (great bedtime reading).
OK, so you don’t care that the effectiveness levels MAY not be as high as they make out and you MAY experience more discomfort than you need to these days compared with other mouthpieces and you just WANT ONE NOW because you just like the color, then you’re going to be disappointed if you live in the US.
You can’t click and buy online and have it in your hands the next day and be snore free that night.
You need to have a prescription and have a Snore Guard doctor / dentist mold and fit that sucker for you.
Hassle, hassle, hassle!
Then there is the total cost and this is really where this mouthpiece becomes a non-starter for me.
I can kind of figure out the Snore Guard cost by doing a quick currency conversion of the Canadian version (there they can buy it online and fit it themselves) which comes to about $60.
However, doctors and dentist cost are an unknown factor to add on top of the mouthpiece cost and I’m sure they will vary considerably.
For me, it’s just way to much hassle to even try and the unknown bill at the end is just a no-go for me…but that’s just me.
If these issues don’t phase you then you may still want to consider this anti-snoring guard.
Most people just don’t realize that anti-snoring mouthpieces do not last forever and at some point you will need to replace them.
Now, if you do find one that just works for you and are happy with, chances are that you will want to replace like for like which is sensible.
The big difference between mouthpieces is the replacement interval.
If it’s once a year on a $60 mouthpiece that’s an annual cost of $60.
However, the recommended replacement rate for the Snore Guard mouthpiece is every 3 to 6 months.
That makes it a potential ball park figure of $240 PLUS doctor/dentist fitting fees.
That’s just not a good number for me!
I’m not happy about this one and feel that it actually will encourage some people who snore due to a tongue airway blockage to buy this mouthpiece and experience none or not fully effective results that they may have perhaps been hyped up to expect from the sales info.
The Snore Guard website does mention on the front page ONLY that their mouthpiece also keeps the tongue in place whilst you sleep to prevent blockage.
To be fair, the design does help to keep the tongue in place as they rightly state, so their wording is perfectly correct.
However, “IN PLACE” does not mean “RETAIN” the tongue in the same way that Tongue Retaining Mouthpieces do.
Everywhere else on their website they only say that it is purely a Mandibular Advancement mouthpiece type.
I wanted to make this clear to YOU out there so that you find the best product that will stop YOUR snoring and not waste your time and money.
If you NEED a Tongue Retaining mouthpiece, then you should buy one that is specifically that.
I like their money back guarantee policy and not one that you see many manufacturers offer.
However, you should be aware of any limitations or time restraints that may be applicable at the time of purchase and organize your purchase and fitting in a timely manner so that you have time to fully test the mouthpiece before any guarantee time limit ends.
The design is a little different to most and I do think that it has some great benefits.
I like the improved airflow design to maximize effortless breathing whilst you sleep and also the bonus of keeping your tongue from getting into the way of your airflow.
The tongue “PLACING” out of the way, is a nice “bonus” on what is essentially a Mandibular mouthpiece.
There is no incremental adjustment built into the mouthpiece, as is the case with most dental/doctor fitted mouth guards and although most wouldn’t use this kind of addition anyway, you should just be aware of this if this is important to you.
As a Mandibular Advancement Device, I actually like the Snore Guard and like it a lot in terms of design and effectiveness levels and respect the fact that it has been around for so long.
I can’t honestly see why this mouthpiece would not deliver high levels of success of reducing or stopping snoring in those of you with jaw positioning problems.
However, I just think there are better Mandibular Advancement mouthpieces available today at similar base costs (or less) that incorporate more modern materials and comfort and perhaps additional features.
But, the real thing that completely puts me off is just how much hassle it is to get to put it in my mouth at night and use it, how I just can’t see at a glance how much my total bill will be and I don’t like the recurring cost number.
I would rather just stick with a no hassle, cost transparent and materials used specified mouthpiece from our Best Mouthpiece tables.