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Before I tried ZQuiet, I had already put more than a dozen other mouthpieces to the test. Although I found some good ones, none were my perfect fit. ZQuiet is the one of the best mouthpiece I’ve tried to date, being very effective and comfortable to wear.
It’s also very reasonably priced. If you have tried ZQuiet and can’t accept the fit or don’t feel your snoring is reduced as much as it could be, I recommend ZenSleep 5-in-1 Stop Snoring System as it eliminates the most common complaint about ZQuiet and other devices like it, jaw pain.
Positives and Negatives
Although I am quite fond of ZQuiet, it is important that you are aware of all the positive and negative points of the device to make an educated decision. It’s definitely better than most, but I have a few complaints as well.
- Medical grade material is soft and non-irritating, and doesn’t contain BPA or latex.
- Living Hinge Technology makes the mouthpiece flexible, so you can move your mouth and speak while wearing it.
- Airflow ports keep your mouth slightly open to allow adequate airflow while you sleep.
- ZQuiet is designated a class II medical device by the FDA.
- Two mouthpieces are received, so if one does not work, you can try the second one that extends the jaw slightly farther.
- No fitting process, and the soft material can easily be trimmed and filed, if it’s too big.
- Easily cleaned with a toothbrush and dish soap.
- One-size-fits-all won’t fit everyone. Although it can be cut and filed if it is too big, there isn’t an option if it’s too small.
- Not recommended to wear with dentures or loose or weak teeth.
- May cause jaw soreness, especially if you are not used to wearing an oral device.
- According to other reviews (I read online), a number of customers feel it doesn’t have a long enough lifespan before it needs to be replaced.
- If you return the device, shipping charges do not get refunded.
The Mouthpiece that Doesn’t Really Act Like a Mouthpiece
Until this point, every mouthpiece I had tried was stationary. Although some were soft and streamlined, they held my jaw strictly in a forward position. So, talking with one when in my mouth was out of the question.
Most mandibular advancement devices (MADs) are designed to just hold your jaw forward (this is why jaw pain is common), so your tongue can’t collapse into your throat and cause an obstruction. I had been under the impression that a mouthpiece had to be hard and stationary to work. So, when I stumbled upon ZQuiet, I was definitely skeptical.
ZQuiet is soft and flexible. Yes, flexible! It has what is called “Living Hinge Technology.” When you look at the mouthpiece from the side you can see that the lower jaw extends forward.
However, it is flexible, so you can open and close your mouth, talk, and even sip water with it in. For the life of me, I couldn’t even comprehend how this thing was going to keep my jaw forward all night, if it was pliable enough to let me speak. Unfortunately, I still experienced significant jaw pain.
ZQuiet is crafted from a thermoplastic elastomer. It contains no BPA or latex, and it’s cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration.
ZQuiet is also made in America and accredited by the Better Business Bureau. The material has been put through rigorous safety testing, and there are no acrylics used during production. It actually looks like it would be very comfortable, unlike some mouthpieces that cause you to cringe at the thought of putting them in your mouth.
When I went to the site to order a ZQuiet for us (me and my wife), I was pretty surprised to discover that you actually get two mouthpieces when you buy. The two vary in lower jaw advancement, so if one doesn’t work, you are supposed to try the other one that has the lower jaw extended even more. Most mouthpieces have a fitting process, but this one doesn’t.
The site said it would be ready-to-use right out-of-the-box. Great, it’s flexible and one-size-fits-all! I had a little laugh over this combination, which you may be doing right now, too.
When the package arrived I couldn’t even wait for my wife to get home to open it with her. I was anxious to check it out. I took all four out of the box and cleaned them all using mild dish soap. The mouthpieces felt soft and smooth, but what I found was that running them under warm water made them feel even softer.
So, of course, my mind was filled with even more doubt. I was definitely mentally preparing to smash this mouthpiece with a devastating ZQuiet review.
When my wife got home, we both put one in. We agreed that they were as soft and comfortable as they look. We could still talk, and neither of us was drooling like we usually do when we try a new device.
Mine was a perfect fit. My wife’s needed to be trimmed slightly with a pair of scissors (directions provided by the company for this situation). Then we just filed it a little.
It was my night to let our senior dog out for his 2 am bathroom break. When my phone alarm went off, I was wide awake. I actually felt like I had slept through the entire night and missed taking him out. I must have been sleeping very soundly.
My wife didn’t wake up, but she wasn’t completely silent either. There was a hint of snoring there, but nowhere near the sound that usually comes from her.
In the morning, my jaw was a tad sore, and it got worse during the day leading to a bad headache. My wife had jaw pain as well.
The next night, I stuck with the same mouthpiece. I trimmed the other one for my wife, and I agreed to take the “dog shift” again, just so I could see if she was snoring. To my surprise, all was silent at 2 am.
We continued on with the two-week trial, and ended up not wearing them after that because the jaw pain never went away.
What is the best option?
Although ZQuiet is flexible, it is still an MAD, so it’s not a solution for individuals with dentures or for people who want to avoid jaw pain. The site doesn’t say anything about wearing it with bridgework, crowns, or loose or weak teeth, but I just can’t imagine it would be recommended.
If any of these apply to you, I would strongly suggest trying ZenSleep Snoring Solution. This device is actually a tongue stabilizing device. It doesn’t sit inside your mouth, so it does not affect your teeth or any dental work inside your mouth. Instead of holding the jaw forward like ZQuiet, it works by holding the tongue forward, so your airway stays clear all night. It is very comfortable and effective.
Update: This review was recently updated, the latest version of ZenSleep’s 5-in-1 Stop Snoring System is currently having a Buy One Get One Free Sale.
My Final Thoughts
I have been quite pleased with the results from the ZQuiet mouthpiece, but the jaw pain was not something I could stand. As mentioned, I now use ZenSleep’s solution instead.
Update: Read on below to find out why I prefer ZenSleep.
1 Recommended Snoring Device for 2017
ZenSleep™ is a product that I ran across online, but based on appearance alone, I simply was not interested. After a few months, I noticed that it was becoming increasingly popular. However, at that time, I had already settled on another mouthpiece as being my number one choice.
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A few more months passed, and my wife asked if I had heard about ZenSleep™. I told her I read about it a long time ago, but I just didn’t add it to my list because it didn’t look like a mouthpiece, so I didn’t see how it would work like one.
We got online together and discovered that ZenSleep™ doesn’t look like an MAD because it’s not one. It is a tongue retaining device (TRD), so it does not even go in your mouth. I still was not convinced, but she wanted to try it, so the phrase “happy wife, happy life” came to mind. I ordered one for both of us that night.
- Design is relatively comfortable to wear because it is soft and doesn’t take up space in your mouth.
- ZenGuard is BPA-free. In case you don’t know, BPA is an acronym for a product known as biphenyl A. It is found in many polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, and it is associated with several serious medical conditions. I try to stay away from mouthpieces that contain this chemical in general.
- Backed by a money-back guarantee.
- It is really easy to clean because the design is so simple.It lasts a really long time. The average lifespan is about a year, but I’ve read people wear their ZenSleep™ considerably longer.
- Manufactured by a company accredited by the Better Business Bureau (not always the case in this market).
- Device was designed by a dentist.
- The United States Food and Drug Administration, Australian Department of Health and Aging, and Canada’s Therapeutic Products Doctorate cleared it.
- The price is higher than some expect to pay (although they currently have some great sales like BOGO Here.). However, with its long lifespan, it won’t need to be replaced every few months like some do. So if it is a better solution, I think the price still even out over time compared to other options.
- Need to be able to breathe through your nose to wear this device.
- The device can slip off your tongue in the night. My wife and I have had this issue only on very rare occasion, but I’ve read others complaining about this.
ZenSleep™ is a TRD
How Is ZenSleep Different
Unlike other mouthpieces, ZenGuard is not a mandibular advancement device. MADs sit in your mouth, like a mouth guard you would wear for sports. They hold your jaw in a slightly forward position to keep your airway clear (this is an uncomfortable feeling for most of the products I tried). ZenGuard is completely different.
ZenSleep™ is actually classified as a tongue retaining device (TRD). So, rather than hold your jaw forward, it works by holding your tongue forward. It basically delivers the same results, but takes a different approach.
Zenguard holds the tongue forward
Hold the tongue forward?
ZenGuard has a suction bulb that attaches to the very tip of your tongue. The rest of the device rests between your inner lips and outer teeth. The concept will likely remind you of a pacifier, but there is only a small bulb that can be seen, when your mouth is closed.
Since the suction keeps your tongue held in a forward position, it can’t collapse back into your throat when you fall asleep. This keeps the airway clear and reduces the risk of soft tissues vibrating against one another to make my infamous snoring sound.
After dealing with a mouthful of plastic for years, this little solution seemed a little too good to be true. I am happy to report it worked, and is what I use now to help me sleep without snoring.
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Also, ZenSleep™ has a 30-day money-back guarantee. The fact that there’s no risk is one of the reasons I didn’t argue when my wife wanted to try it (and because she’s especially scary after a night of listening to me snore). If you decide it’s not for you then you just have to request a return authorization number. Then, you still have another 15 days to have it back to the company.
Overall, the price is reasonable (if it works for you). There are definitely cheaper anti-snoring mouthpieces available, so if the price doesn’t suit your budget, check out some other options.
If it sounds like I am overly all about ZenSleep™, it is because I truly am. I wanted to hate it simply because I was so sure there was no chance it would work for me. Every day, I’m grateful that my curiosity got the best of me. I know my wife and teenage son feel the same way.
If you are looking for a snoring solution that is comfortable, effective, durable, and safe, I highly recommend ZenSleep™. For more information visit their website at www.ZenSleep.com.
About the Author Mark Walton
I used to annoy my wife and two kids with my snoring, but no longer! Now I blog about different devices and techniques for stopping snoring.