Both my wife and I suffer from very loud persistent snoring: my wife because my snoring keeps her awake at night and I’m pretty sure I do because I often wake up with elbow shaped bruises on my ribs :). As a result we have both become great fans of mandibular adjustment devices (MAD) like the ZQuiet Mouthpiece.
Although most MADs are very similar and work well for most people, each has its own level of comfort. Each one works better for different people, as far as I can tell. And although many are very similar in basic design, the ZQuiet is quite different to others I have tried before.
For many MADs to work, your jaws have to be closed, with the lower jaw held slightly in front of the upper jaw. There are a number of variations of this, but they do have that single similarity about them. This style of mouthpiece tends to be made of different materials and some have breathing holes while others do not. The ZQuiet is quite different in that with the mouthpiece in position you can open and close your mouth. As you’ll see below, this is key for people that breathe exclusively via their mouth.
What Is Different About The ZQuiet?
The ZQuiet snoring mouthpiece uses what the manufacturer calls ‘˜Living Hinge Technology’. In simple terms, the upper mouthpiece is connected to the lower mouthpiece by a hinge. This allows for normal movement of the mouth, including opening and closing and normal breathing (heck, you could probably drink a glass of water while wearing it) – all while keeping the lower jaw slightly in front of the upper jaw. This jaw positioning, of course, prevents the base of the tongue falling back to block the airway – the most common cause of snoring.
Before You Buy
If you have used MADs in the past you are probably familiar with the circumstances in which these mouthpieces should not be used, but if you are a new to MADs, here is a small note of caution. You should not use MADs if you have dentures, moderate to severe sleep apnea, or any jaw problems.
If you have an overbite, which means that you are unable to comfortably move your lower jaw in front of the upper jaw, you should probably not use most MAD mouthpieces. If in doubt about any condition that you may think will be affected by using a MAD, consult your doctor or at the very least, your dentist, before using one (and instead you should consider a TSD such as Good Morning Snore Solution).
A Little More About ZQuiet
Before I decide to put something in my mouth for eight hours a night, more or less, I like to find out a little about it. Seems like a decent idea. (You’re probably in the same boat, or you wouldn’t be here! 🙂 )
- The material that is used in the ZQuiet is made from a plastic that has been passed by the FDA as cleared for medical and dental devices.
- The material is odorless and has no taste.
- The ZQuiet is made in the USA.
- The ZQuiet is designated as a class II medical device by the FDA.
- You get 2 ZQuiet mouthpieces in the pack; one mouthpiece has slightly more jaw offset than the other
- The ZQuiet needs no individual fitting
- Pay nothing for up to 30 days – if not satisfied contact ZQuiet to return the device and and you pay only the shipping and packing charges
Does ZQuiet Work?
If you are used to standard fixed-type mouthpieces, you may be uncertain as to how effective the ZQuiet will be as it requires no fitting to suit your particular mouth shape. The ZQuiet is advertised as allowing you to talk and even drink while wearing it. Now, why someone would ever want to socialize while wearing a mouthpiece is certainly a mystery to me. But, the hinge is kind of neat, without a doubt.
On my first use, I decided to fit it as I was reading before going to sleep; a good time to start getting used to it, I thought. I used the mouthpiece with the least offset to start off with. It did feel surprisingly comfortable from the first fitting and it was a novel experience to be able to talk and have a little yawn with the mouthpiece secured in place. To be honest, I have no complaints about ZQuiet! As I’ve used quite a few of these, this is definitely a unique thing.
The first night was a partial success; I did snore a little but not as much as I would have without the ZQuiet. The following night I decided to try the second device as it features a little more offset to it. The results with the second mouthpiece were much better. My wife was much happier with the outcome with the second size than she was with the original.
I like the ZQuiet, I got used to it very quickly and I liked the freedom that it gave when it comes to mouth movement. Often when initially trying a new stop snoring mouthpiece there is a bit of excessive salivating. This is just common for some people, and not so much for others. I did not find that to be the case with the ZQuiet for me, but that was possibly because it was easier to swallow with it in place.
A Win For Mouth-Breathers
One of the interesting things about ZQuiet, especially with its “living hinge”, is the fact that this is perfect for people who breathe through their mouth at night. Most folks do not, but there is a very vocal minority of folks who do. This mouthpiece, unlike the Good Morning Snore Solution (see our review), does allow the user to breathe through the mouth very clearly.
It has more than what one might call “a breathing hole”. In fact, this anti snoring mouthpiece opens wide as your mouth opens. It’s a nice touch, and if you are sure you exclusively breathe through your mouth when sleeping, this may be a must-have for you.
Try Before You Buy
It is well worth persisting with the ZQuiet for a while before you decide on whether to keep using it – the more you use it, the less you notice it. One very commendable thing about the ZQuiet is that when you initially order, all you pay is the shipping and packing charge. If within 30 days you decide not to keep the device, all you need to do is contact ZQuiet to return it and that’s it. You do not have to pay any more – nor do you have to go through any crazy procedure to claim your money back.
If you suffer with snoring it is well worth taking a little time to try using ZQuiet. It may seem crazy that something this inexpensive can have such a dramatic effect on your live, but it is true: and for a few dollars you can try for yourself and see. It’s that simple.
Be aware: ZQuiet is NOT available on Amazon.com. This mouthpiece must be ordered directly through the company.
Believe me, waking up in the morning feeling more rested and having more energy will do wonder for you and your partner’s life.