Stop Snoring, Prevent Snoring, Sleep Apnea

General Questions

Does it work?

Emphatically, Yes!! There are many so-called solutions to snoring, but for almost all people, snoring is caused by a physical closing up of your airway due to your lower jaw relaxing when you fall asleep. This leads to air being forced through your airway making the characteristic snoring noise. The SnoreMender keeps your jaw forwards, preventing this closing up and stopping you snoring. Less than 4% of SnoreMender customers use the guarantee and return their SnoreMender because it is not working!

How can I persuade my partner to use it?

Our advice is to be gentle and point out that a small initial discomfort for the snorer is much less than the continual debilitating effect of sleepless nights on the person being kept awake. A well rested person makes for far better company, so it is in the snorers interest to make sure their partner can sleep. Also if you have reached the 'separate rooms' stage or 'daren't go away' stage, using the SnoreMender can transform the situation!

Can a non-surgical solution stop snoring?

Yes! While there is no doubt that surgery can stop snoring in many cases, it is a very radical and irreversible step to take, and the success rates of surgery are believed to be under 50%. SnoreMender is a safe alternative that achieves the same effect as soft palate surgical adjustment, in a non-invasive way.

Is SnoreMender comfortable?

Yes! For the first few weeks you will need to adjust to the device as it can cause some dryness of mouth, and also it will cause some jaw and tooth ache. After that you will not notice the device, except for the smiles on your partners face!

Does SnoreMender protect against grinding teeth / bruxism?

Yes!

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Usage Questions

How do I store my SnoreMender?

You no longer need to store your SnoreMender in the case.

Could I swallow it?

Absolutely not! Some people may worry about swallowing the device - this is physically impossible as it is a single piece moulding designed to fit over your teeth and is far larger than your throat.

Can I breathe through my mouth when wearing a SnoreMender?

Yes! Unlike some devices, SnoreMender lets you breathe completely naturally, through your mouth and nose. We recommend you do not buy any device that restricts breathing through your mouth.

Can I open and close my mouth and speak when wearing one?

Again, Yes! SnoreMender is hinged to allow your mouth to open and close naturally, making it extremely comfortable to wear, and allowing you to speak while wearing it. Opening and closing your mouth while sleeping is a natural process your body needs, for example to allow swallowing, and any snoring solution must allow this to happen.

Does it need fitting?

In nearly all cases no fitting is required - just use it exactly as provided. For a small number of cases you may need to mould the device slightly to fit (see our Instructions page).

How long does a SnoreMender last?

There is no exact time - it depends on how you use and store it. Typically a SnoreMender lasts 9-15 months, and sometimes 18 months, before it needs replacing. You can tell when it needs replacing as it will gradually lose its effectiveness.

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Dentures, Implants, Bridges, Crowns/Caps

Dentures

The SnoreMender pulls inwards on the front 6 upper teeth and pushes outwards on the front 8 lower teeth.

If the denture (upper or lower) includes just one of these teeth, it is normally OK, but each person is different - you need the other front teeth to be healthy and strong.

If it is a partial denture and 2 or more of the front 6 upper or 8 lower teeth in a jaw are missing, the SnoreMender should not be used, because it may push the denture out of place during the night, and it may end up with too much pressure being placed on the remaining natural teeth.

If it is a full denture then it depends on how well the dentures stay in place at night, so each person is different, and the only way to know is to try it. We have customers with full dentures who use the SnoreMender very successfully.

We have the full money back guarantee if it doesn't work for you.

Implants

The SnoreMender pulls inwards on the front 6 upper teeth and pushes outwards on the front 8 lower teeth. If these teeth are natural teeth then there shouldn't be a problem.

If they are implants, the risk is that the implants may move or come loose, so you should not use any sort of jaw advancement device, including SnoreMender, unless your dentist approves.

Bridges

The SnoreMender pulls inwards on the front 6 upper teeth and pushes outwards on the front 8 lower teeth. If the bridge doesn’t involve these teeth then it will not affect use of the SnoreMender.

Bridges are almost always very strong, but they can vary, and some are more delicate than others.

If the bridge is just replacing a single tooth from the front 6 upper or 8 lower teeth, then it should be OK unless the bridge is particularly weak (some bridges are simply stuck to the adjacent teeth).

If it is replacing more than 1 tooth, then it will depend on how well it is anchored. If it is just anchored to single teeth on either side, then those teeth can end up with a lot more pressure on them.

Because there is no standard rule, you should check with your dentist before using a SnoreMender (which is a type of 'Mandibular Advancement Device'), to make sure they are happy for you to do so.

Crowns / Caps

The SnoreMender pulls inwards on the front 6 upper teeth and pushes outwards on the front 8 lower teeth.

Crowns are usually very strong, even in front teeth. However they do have a natural lifetime (the average is 5-7 years, with some lasting less than a year and others 20+ years) and when they are getting close to coming off, quite a small thing can trigger that.

Unfortunately, because crowns do naturally come off, e.g. if there was a fitting problem, or the glue didn't work properly, or simply because of their age, we cannot accept any liability if it did happen.

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What to do if the SnoreMender is not working

What to do if the SnoreMender is not stopping your snoring

If it’s not stopping your snoring, it is probably not advancing your jaw enough to open up the airway.

There are two things you can try – first, adjusting the SnoreMender, and second, to try the extra strength SnoreMender (there is no additional cost to switch to this).

Adjusting the SnoreMender

In the instructions there are adjustments to increase the lower jaw advancement. Please see the section for if it is not stopping your snoring. Click here for the Instructions

It is important to follow the adjustment instructions and get the device to look like the ‘after’ pictures – here are some tips when adjusting it:

  • The SnoreMender behaves like a memory plastic and returns to its original shape, so it is best to exaggerate the change when you make it.
  • Also it's really important to allow enough time for the heat to go right through the plastic - so when you warm it, make sure to hold it in the water 30 seconds, and when you are cooling it, allow at least 30 seconds for it to cool all the way through.
  • Most importantly, you need to hold the pressure on the device while it cools completely – if you remove the pressure too soon then it will revert to the old shape.

Switching to the Extra Strength SnoreMender

We also make an extra strength version of the SnoreMender. This is about 30% more rigid, so it pushes the lower jaw forwards more. Also it helps in situations where the SnoreMender is slipping off the teeth, as it will stay in place better.

There is no charge to switch to the stronger version, and it does not affect the money back guarantee - please email us for details.

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What to do if the SnoreMender is uncomfortable

What to do if the SnoreMender is putting too much pressure on the teeth or jaw

Over the first two to three weeks of use the SnoreMender naturally softens up and becomes more comfortable. If possible, we recommend you use it for at least a week before adjusting it, as some initial discomfort is common.

If it is too uncomfortable to wear at all, or it is still really uncomfortable after a few nights using it, you can adjust the SnoreMender to reduce the pressure.

Adjusting the SnoreMender

In the instructions there are adjustments to reduce the pressure on the jaw and teeth. Please see the section for if the SnoreMender is too strong. Click here for the Instructions

It is important to follow the adjustment instructions and get the device to look like the ‘after’ pictures – here are some tips when adjusting it:

  • The SnoreMender behaves like a memory plastic and returns to its original shape, so it is best to exaggerate the change when you make it.
  • Also it's really important to allow enough time for the heat to go right through the plastic - so when you warm it, make sure to hold it in the water 30 seconds, and when you are cooling it, allow at least 30 seconds for it to cool all the way through.
  • Most importantly, you need to hold the pressure on the device while it cools completely – if you remove the pressure too soon then it will revert to the old shape.

Edges are rubbing the gums or cheeks

You can use a nail file and file the edge down, or scissors to trim it. You will need to press quite hard with the file. It is best to do one half first, so you can see how much you have filed. About 1 mm (1/32 inch) is usually enough.

You can smooth any rough edges by using the nail file gently.

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