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- Rated 2.5 stars
- Snore Guard
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- ComfortEditor: 65%
- EfficacyEditor: 60%
- Value (Cost)Editor: 65%
- TrustworthinessEditor: 45%
- Our RatingEditor: 50%
What You Need To Know About The Snore Guard
The Snore Guard is an anti-snoring mouthpiece that is said to be ‘clinically proven to reduce snoring and treat symptoms of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.’ This makes it quite unique in the realm of anti-snoring mouthpieces, as most of them are not designed or intended to treat OSA at all.
So what makes this one different? Also, is it worth the money?
There are a lot of different snoring devices out there, so what makes Snore Guard worth spending your hard-earned cash on (if it is worth it at all)?
These were the questions that we were asking ourselves as we looked into the device… so we did some research in an attempt to help uncover the truth.
Here is what we discovered.
Snore Guard: Product Classification & Instructions For Use
This product is classified as a mandibular advancement device, or MAD. MADs are one of our favorite types of devices… though our favorites, nowadays, tend to be some in the TSD category (tongue stabilization devices).
As for instructions for use, here is what you can expect. First of all, you need to wear the device every night to enjoy its benefits… but before you do that, you are supposed to wear it for 1 to 2 hours every day for two days to get ‘accustomed’ to it before you try it overnight.
But before you even do this, you will need to fit it using relatively standard boil-and-bite technology.
We were glad to see that you could fit the device like this… though it would have been nice to see some additional adjustability.
And finally, as far as maintenance and care is concerned, you are supposed to rinse it with warm water after every use. You should also store it in the included storage container, and make sure that it is dry after taking it out and cleaning it. You will also need to periodically clean the device with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
The product is said to last for 3 to 6 months before you will need to replace it. This seems like kind of a short lifespan to us, but it is what it is. We have come across other products that are said to last a lot longer—so that is certainly a factor to keep in mind.
How Does The Snore Guard Work?
The Snore Guard is a pretty typical MAD (in theory), in the sense that it works by slightly advancing the lower jaw during sleep. This creates more room in the upper airway, which helps to reduce incidences of both soft palate vibration, and… in this device’s case, the ‘collapsing’ of the soft palate that causes obstructive sleep apnea.
Soft palate vibration is the most common cause of snoring, so this device (like other MADs), actively treats the root cause.
Clinical Background & FDA Approval
According to the official website, this product is clinically tested. But we did not see any links to this research, and did not find out how to view it. We would have preferred that the data was linked-to on the main product website, as this would have made it easier for us to locate.
We also saw no indication that this product is FDA cleared.
Can There Be Any Side Effects?
The FAQ section contains a question that asks if users can expect to feel any discomfort while wearing the device. They say that during the adjustment period (the first 1 to 2 weeks), some people do experience minor teeth, jaw, or gum discomfort. But this seems to be a normal thing, and is said to go away over time.
They also say, however, that if your Snore Guard causes any sharp, severe, or prolonged pain, that you should discontinue use.
How Much Does The Snore Guard Cost?
There are two different ways to purchase this product on the official product website. You can either buy it by paying-in-full, which will cost you $59.90, plus $7.95 shipping and handling… or, you can make use of the ‘free trial offer.’ If you choose this option, you will pay just $7.95 to try the product. Then, if you like it, you simply keep it and pay the remaining $59.90 when the trail ends 31 days later. If you don’t like it, you return it and don’t have to pay any more.
Now, having said that, we will say that we are not a huge fan of the idea of a free trial offer. Sure, it sounds really good at first… but these things can be confusing, and some companies make it really hard to cancel. We aren’t saying that this company does these things, but we are saying that we are not a huge fan of the whole ‘free trial offer’ ploy to begin with. It just seems gimmicky to us.
What Do We Know About The Company Behind The Snore Guard?
We were able to learn quite a bit about the history of this company by visiting the official product website. The Snore Guard has been in production for more than 20 years, and is a product built by a company called Ranir, LLC Enterprise of Products. Ranir is ‘a respected global manufacturer and marketer of consumer oral care products.’ They make things like toothbrushes, tooth whiteners, floss, etc.
As far as contact details are concerned, you can either email the company via the e-contact form located on their official website… or, you can call their customer service line at 888-898-1073.
We did quite a bit of research about the Snore Guard online… and there were a few complaints about it. A lot of people thought that it was just too big. And other people didn’t like that it has such a short lifespan (only 3 to 6 months). You also need a prescription for it in the US, though that doesn’t impact those of us in Canada.
But, even with the complaints, it is easy to see that this is not a scam. This product has been on the market for quite some time, and it is legitimate… even if it is not always well-liked.
What Can Users Expect From The Snore Guard?
If you purchase and try the Snore Guard, then you can expect for it to cause a bit of mild discomfort for the first week or so of use. This is the breaking-in period, and is required to get your jaw acclimated to using the device.
Does The Snore Guard Require A Doctor’s Involvement Or A Prescription?
It does if you order it in the US. But in Canada, anyone can simply order it online. For Canadians, no doctor involvement or prescription is required.
This is a middle-of-the-road device for us. We liked some things about it, and disliked others. Overall, we feel like there are better stop-snoring devices to spend your money on, and there are definitely MADs and TSDs that we would spend our money on first.
But, with that being said, this isn’t even close to the worst option out there. So if you have tried some others and not had any luck, this one might be a good option. It is also said to be useful for treating OSA, which is not as common for an MAD—so that’s an upside.
One thing we particularly didn’t like at a time we did this review is the fact that product images where missing on the official website and they still are today on the 14th of January, 2018. We took a screenshot that you can see below. Normally active company’s sort these type of things quit quickly but in this case it’s been going on for a good few days, so something to keep in mind.
The Costs To Get This Product Shipped To Canada
You can get this product shipped to Canada for the pretty inexpensive price of $7.95.
Where Can I Buy The Snore Guard If I Live In Canada?
The best place to buy this product, if you live in Canada, is from snoreguard.ca.
Highlights & Drawbacks
Here are the upsides and downsides that we have discovered about this product over the course of our research.
- It is said to be clinically tested
- It seems to work for some people
- It comes with a 30 day satisfaction guarantee
- It is not as expensive as some devices in this category
- Uses boil and bite technology for a custom fit
- It has a short lifespan (3 to 6 months)
- We are not a big fan of ‘free trial’ type offers, because they seem gimmicky in our opinion
- Some people have complained that this device is simply too large and invasive
- It is not suitable for people who wear dentures, or for people with crowns, bridgework, braces, etc.
Summary: Usually we advice to stay away from free trials as often consumers are mislead with these type of offers and as long as you need a mandibular advancement device we believe that there are more trustworthy company’s out there.