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Snoring mouthpieces are not much to look at – so I at least give credit to Zyppah for trying. It is classified as a mandibular advancement device (MAD) and its black and neon green (also available in other colors).
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Update: Some readers have left reviews about issues with me about Zyppah’s poor customer service. I didn’t have any issues personally but read the comments for other people’s experiences.
Positives and Negatives
Like all devices that I have reviewed, I like to make sure I share both the pros and cons so that everyone can make an educated decision.
- Hybrid design holds the jaw forward and tongue stationary to keep your airway clear while you sleep.
- The device is American-made, BBB-accredited, and FDA-cleared.
- The design is pretty comfortable, and it’s made from a BPA-free material. Even the rubber piece across the tongue is comfortable.
- The fitting process allows you to achieve a precise fit.
- Airflow hole lets you breathe through your mouth while you’re sleeping.
- Zyppah has a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and free shipping and handling.
- The sporty design is ideal for people self-conscious about wearing a mouthpiece.
- Designed by a dentist, and affiliated with five Snore No More facilities located in California that specializes in snoring and sleep apnea.
- The fitting process is a little more specific than other devices.
- May cause drooling and jaw soreness while you get used to it.
- Many reviewers report the mouthpiece hurt their jaws by pulling it too far forward.
- Need to keep denture tabs on-hand for cleaning.
- Can’t be worn by people with dentures, loose teeth, crowns, or bridge work.
Overall I had a great experience with the mouthpiece and think that it will be the perfect fit for a lot of snorers. Particularly compared to other mouthpieces and anti-snoring products out there I found it lacking.
For example compared to Zyppah, another anti-snoring solution from ZenSleep (which I would classify as revolutionary) is far superior. ZenSleep is also much more affordable. For example this week they are having a Buy One Get One Free sale on their 5-in-1 Stop Snoring System Here.
What is Zyppah?
The first thing to note is that there are four versions of Zyppah. The review of Zyppah is the one that can be ordered online without a prescription. If you live in California, there are five Snore No More centers that sell three other versions that are significantly more expensive and need to be prescribed and custom-fitted by a doctor.
Like other MADs, Zyppah positions the lower jaw in a forward position to help reduce the risk of the airway experiencing a partial obstruction. However, Zyppah is actually a hybrid snoring device because similar to a tongue retaining device (TRD), it stabilizes your tongue, too.
It may not have a suctioned bulb on the end like what you would expect from a TRD, but the concept is there. The tongue gets held in place by a rubber-like strap that is a lot softer than it looks.
Zyppah is made in the USA, FDA-cleared, BBB-accredited, and designed by a dentist. You do have to use a fitting process, and it does have an airflow hole to allow you to breathe through your mouth.
How it Works
If you snore then you have some soft tissues vibrating in your airway. When you fall asleep, your tongue collapses toward your throat because your muscles relax. When this happens, the soft palate and uvula can cause a partial obstruction. At the same time, the muscles in your neck have also relaxed, so soft tissues in your throat are closer together.
In many people, the soft throat tissues tough the soft palate and uvula are permitted to touch. When air is pushed through it causes these tissues to vibrate. The vibration causes the snoring sound.
Zyppah holds your lower jaw forward and keeps your tongue stationary, so the soft palate and uvula don’t collapse into the throat. When tissues are not permitted to touch, they don’t vibrate.
The problem is that most users report some level of pain because of the jaw being held in an abnormal state. This is why ZenSleep’s ZenGuard is typically rated higher in customer reviews because it eliminates the problem of pain.
My Trial with Zyppah
I ordered two Zyppah mouthpieces. Words can’t describe how eager my wife was to try this one. She liked the looks of it as much as I did. Of course, we both know that appearances can be deceiving, so we tried not to get overly excited about this one in fear of it being a total let down.
The oral appliances were $99.95 each, including shipping and handling, which was in the mid-priced range of all the devices I had tried to that point. I also noticed that it came with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, but I haven’t really dug into what that means.
The package arrived quickly even though I didn’t pay for any type of upgraded shipping. My wife was already smitten before we even opened it. As she carried the vibrantly colored and decorated package in the house, you could tell she felt like she was receiving a special gift. I admit it made me smile, too.
Zyppah has a very specific fitting process that must be followed. I’m glad she actually read through the instructions because I was ready to just heat a pot of water and apply the generic boil-and-bite fitting process I had grown so accustomed to. It’s certainly not hard to get an accurate fit with Zyppah, but you do need to follow the steps listed.
The first night we agreed the mouthpiece was very comfortable. My allergies were acting up just a bit, so I appreciated the airflow hole. We both woke up before the alarm the next morning. I felt more energized than I had been in a long time.
My wife said she heard no snoring coming from me when she let the dog out for his early morning bathroom break. While she made breakfast, I cleaned both our devices using a denture tablet. They are really easy to clean because there are not a lot of crevices like you find on some other stop snoring mouthpieces.
My jaw was not as sore as it had been with previous devices, but it was still sore. She said her jaw was fairly sore, but by the fourth morning, the soreness was at least a little better.
After the 14-day trial was over, we thought Zyppah was a nice choice, but I still highly recommend ZenSleep instead. Hint: ZenSleep is not a mouthpiece, it’s a TRD.
Other Recommendations and Final Thoughts
Thanks for reading my Zyppah review! Zyppah may end up being a good option for you, but if it’s not, check out my other anti-snoring recommendation from ZenSleep and take advantage of their Buy One Get One Free Sale before they take that offer down. Overall, I found Zyppah to be a comfortable and effective snoring solution I would recommend for some.
My 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.
Update: Get the best deal on ZenSleep™
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 a 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.
Update BOGO Sale Still Available For Next 7 Days: Get the best deal on ZenSleep™ Here
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.