FAQs | Snore Guard

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

PATIENTS

How do I get a Snore Guard®?

  • Any dentist may fit Snore Guard®. We suggest you see your own dentist since he or she is most familiar with your mouth. Make sure to ask for the Snore Guard original one-piece product with Patented Air Flow Technology™.

How does the Snore Guard® work?

  • Snore Guard® works by holding your jaw slightly forward while you sleep. This is called mandibular repositioning and effectively keeps your airway open so the soft tissue at the back of your throat doesn’t vibrate and cause snoring.

How long has it been around?

  • Snore Guard® has been used in the US through dental offices and physicians since 1989.

Is Snore Guard® safe?

  • Yes. Snore Guard has been used since 1989. Some people ask if they could accidentally swallow the device while they sleep. As small and sleek as it is, the Snore Guard is still too large to accidentally swallow.

How do I care for my Snore Guard®?

  • Care is simple. Rinse the Snore Guard with warm water after every use. Dry thoroughly and keep in storage container when not in use. Periodically clean the device with toothbrush and toothpaste as necessary. Rinse thoroughly and dry before storing.

Will I breathe normally through my mouth when using my Snore Guard®?

  • Yes. The patented Air Flow Technology™ allows you to breathe comfortably through your mouth while sleeping.

Do I need a prescription?

  • In many countries, a prescription is not required. If you reside in the U.S., your dentist must prescribe the Snore Guard® device – it will be fitted at your dentist’s office in just minutes.

Does it hurt to use the Snore Guard®?

  • For the first week or two, some people have minor teeth, jaw or gum discomfort. This would be comparable to wearing braces for the first time. This discomfort is perfectly normal and will diminish as you become accustomed to the device. We recommend wearing your Snore Guard for 1-2 hours during the day for 2 days to become accustomed to the device before wearing it overnight.

    Severe or sharp pain is not normal. Snore Guard should not be used if it causes sharp, severe or prolonged pain to the teeth, jaw or gums.

How long will my Snore Guard® last?

  • We recommend replacing the device every 12-24 to months. Some individuals grind their teeth more frequently while they sleep than others. They may need to replace the device more often.

Does Snore Guard® treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)?

Can I wear dentures with the Snore Guard®?

  • No. You should not wear Snore Guard if you have full dentures.

How much does Snore Guard® cost?

  • Snore Guard® costs less than other medical snoring treatments, which can run to thousands of dollars. Ask your dentist for an exact price.

DOCTORS

How is it fit? Do I need to take impressions and send it off to you?

  • Snore Guard® is easily fit at chair side in 10-15 minutes. No outside lab work! You boil it for 2-3 minutes. Let it cool for 30 seconds. Fit Snore Guard® directly to patient's upper teeth. Guide the mandible into the lower portion, then trim.

How far forward do I protrude the mandible?

  • You can safely protrude the mandible 2-4 mm if necessary. In most cases, you can fit in centric occlusion. However, generally in Class II patients you will need to fit edge to edge.

How does fitting Snore Guard® in centric have any effect on snoring?

  • While you are upright, your airway passage is open. It is not until you recline that the lower jaw relaxes, allowing the muscles around the soft palate, uvula and tonsils to relax. The tongue falls back, often obstructing the airway and these relaxed muscles vibrate due to the increased force of air now necessary to breathe to get through the obstructed airway. By keeping the jaw in the same position it is in during waking periods, you keep the airway open. Therefore, it is not necessary to protrude the mandible, except in rare cases when the patient's lower teeth will not fit in the lower tray without hitting the hard plastic or with mild obstructive sleep apnea patients. Generally, in these incidences moving the mandible edge to edge is sufficient.

How effective is Snore Guard®?

  • Snore Guard® has been proven to be over 95% effective in the treatment of snoring. This is according to published research documentation.

Does Snore Guard® work for Sleep Apnea?

  • Numerous published reports indicate oral appliances are an effective alternative for treating mild obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). One study, published May 1996 specifically compares Snore Guard® to the nCPAP (nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure). The study found the Snore Guard® to have a 48% success rate for mild to moderate sleep apnea. (Very successful for a single position appliance...as noted by one of the authors.) This same study reported 6 of 7 patients prefer Snore Guard® to nCPAP.

Can Snore Guard® be adjusted?

  • Today's buzzword in the industry of snoring and sleep apnea treatment is "adjustable." Just how necessary and safe is an adjustable oral appliance? The Snore Guard® design accommodates 80% of those patients requiring treatment. For the remaining 20%, a custom design appliance may be better suited for their needs. The predominant features and benefits of Snore Guard® vs. other oral appliances that are made at chair side are as follows:

    1. Snore Guard® is already designed to be slightly adjustable.

    2. It can be re-heated up to three times and the mandible can be safely moved forward up to 4mm.

    3. Snore Guard® has been on the market since 1989 with numerous test studies and reports proving its efficacy and safety.

    4. Snore Guard® has years of medical and dental research behind its development.

    5. Snore Guard® is small and comfortable. The less someone has to put in their mouth, the more likely they are to comply.

Will Snore Guard® cause Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD)?

  • Snore Guard® is fit in centric so as not to put undue strain on TMJ. Even if fit protrusive, the mouth is open and forward similar to appliances used to correct TMJD. Snore Guard® has been on the market since 1989 with no reported TMJ discomfort.

What about Super Eruption of the posteriors?

  • Super eruption is caused when the back teeth are kept from touching each other over long periods of time. The Snore Guard® is only used during sleep and therefore the teeth are together during long wake periods. Since most people who snore sleep with their mouths open and do not encounter eruption, there is no indication that Snore Guard® will cause super eruption. There have been no reports of super eruption since the inception of Snore Guard® in 1989.

Can patients with TMJ Dysfunction or Dentures wear Snore Guard®?

  • Snore Guard® is not recommended for denture wearers, since they have nothing which the Snore Guard® can adhere unless they choose to keep their dentures in all night. Treatment for the TMJ patient needs to be evaluated individually. When fit correctly, there is no indication that the Snore Guard® causes TMJ discomfort. The mouth is kept open 7mm and in most cases is in centric, therefore no additional strain is placed on the TMJ.

What if I misfit Snore Guard®?

  • Each Snore Guard® can be re-heated and re-fit up to three times. Is Snore Guard® one-size-fits-all? 85% of patients should easily be fitted with Snore Guard®. Occasionally, a patient's arch is too large or too small to be accommodated by the upper tray. Minor adjustments may be made with an acrylic burr. Patients with overbites, crooked, missing, or loose teeth are not candidates for Snore Guard®. (Patient must have at least 10 good teeth to wear Snore Guard®.)

What is the life span?

  • Depending on your use and your cleaning habits, Snore Guard® can last 12-24 months.

How does the patient care for Snore Guard®?

  • Care is simple. A toothbrush and toothpaste are all that is needed. Upon removal, the Snore Guard® should be brushed, rinsed in cool water, dried thoroughly, and stored in the container provided. We do not recommend soaking in mouthwash since it can leach into the soft plastic and cause gum irritation. An occasional soaking in a denture cleaning solution is recommended by many dentists.

Is there a guarantee?

  • Unfortunately, there is no panacea for snoring. However, Snore Guard® has been proven to be 99% effective for the reduction of snoring.

Product Warnings

Use of the device may cause:
• Tooth movement or changes in dental occlusion
• Gingival or dental soreness
• Pain or soreness to the temporomandibular joint
• Obstruction of oral breathing
• Excessive salivation

Contraindications

The device is contraindicated for patients who:
• Have central sleep apnea
• Have severe respiratory disorders
• Have loose teeth or advanced periodontal disease
• Are under 18 years of age