The VitalSleep website offers potential buyers a simple pitch: Try making a snoring sound, then move your lower jaw forward and try again. If you can’t make a snoring sound with your jaw positioned forward, then the chances are that the VitalSleep will work for you.
(Special note to readers: As of the beginning of January 2017, VitalSleep has jacked up its price – and jacked it up big. While the snoring mouthpiece was previously $59.95 for one, or $49.95 each if you were buying two, they have recently hiked the price to $79.95 or $139.95 for two.
What do you get for this increase? Uh, how about the same ol’ VitalSleep mouthpiece? A nice new logo, yep, but that’s it.
Nothing’s changed, really, which now makes VitalSleep a far less attractive mouthpiece than its MAD competitor ZQuiet (which has a superior hinge technology the VitalSleep cannot match), or the Good Morning Snore Solution mouthpiece, which is the lead TSD mouthpiece, and overall most effective mouth guard out there today!)
It sounds simple, of course, but this simplicity actually mirrors the VitalSleep product – this is a bare-bones, minimal mouthpiece that I like to call a “beginner’s mouthpiece”. It’s low cost, and very easy to use and get used to.
In my never ending quest to find the perfect mandibular adjustment device (MAD), I naturally came across the VitalSleep device. The VitalSleep MAD has a rather unique adjustment system which allows the amount of lower jaw offset to be adjusted to your specific requirements.
Sizing And Features
VitalSleep is available in two sizes – a “regular size,” which is suggested as being suitable for men, and a “smaller version” more suited to women. Both sizes can be adjusted using the classic ‘˜boil and bite’ method to ensure a perfect fit to your individual requirements.
This mouthpiece features an air hole at the front which allows you to breathe through your mouth with the device fitted. What makes the VitalSleep MAD different from others in the category is that you can adjust your jaw’s positioning so the mouthpiece is effective and comfortable for you.
Interestingly, there is also room to move your jaw placement from side to side, which should help if you feel a little restricted when using a mouthpiece.
Customizing The VitalSleep MAD To Fit Your Mouth
The better any style of mouthpiece fits, the more effective it will be. To adjust the VitalSleep device to suit your mouth is quick and easy. The steps are explained in a step by step guide that comes with the device, but basically they are:
- Click the handle in to place on the device (if it doesn’t click, try turning it the other way up).
- Pour sufficient boiling water to completely cover the device in a suitable container.
- Immerse the VitalSleep in the boiling water for 10 seconds and then remove
- Making sure that it is not too hot for your mouth, place the VitalSleep in your mouth with the triangle on the device pointing upwards, and bite down for 15 seconds
- Remove the mouthpiece and cool in cold water
- If the fit is not quite correct repeat the process until it is
Note: this process can be repeated only three times
Once the “boil and bite” procedure is complete, you can adjust the offset or wait until you are ready to go to sleep. I found it better to make an adjustment immediately and the lie down just to make sure it is comfortable when sleeping. Some things you want to note are:
- Make sure that the VitalSleep device is set equally on both sides; there are marking on the mouthpiece to help with this
- To adjust the amount of offset, use the hex key provided – adjust each side equally and try the fit
- Repeat until the best fit is achieved
How Well Does It Work?
As I laid down with the VitalSleep, I wondered about the adjustments of the offset, even though it was comfortable the way it was. I tried this mouthpiece in several different positions and it did feel different, albeit slightly less comfortable than before.
The small amount of lateral movement that the VitalSleep allows did actually add to the comfort of the fit. This was something that you don’t really think about until you actually experience it. I found that I quickly became used to the VitalSleep in my mouth and I did not snore (according to my snoring assistant, my wife). So for me the VitalSleep worked well.
However, due to the adjusters, the VitalSleep can be a little awkward to clean. My preferred method was to use a denture cleaner rather than a toothbrush and toothpaste.
More About VitalSleep
- VitalSleep offers a 30 day money back guarantee – the 30 day starts when you actually receive the product, as opposed to when it is shipped. This is a very important distinction.
- Refunds are easily obtainable by filling in an online form and requesting an RMA authorization number
- The VitalSleep is patented and FDA cleared
- VitalSleep claims that the mouthpiece should last between 12 and 24 months, which is far longer than many MADs
- VitalSleep offers a 1 year free replacement guarantee
- The VitalSleep mouthpiece is made using FDA approved plastics that are safe for use in the mouth and they are also BPA and latex-free
- The VitalSleep mouthpiece is made in the USA – in California
- Free replacement if the wrong size is ordered
Before You Buy
As with all mouthpieces, there are certain people for which MAD mouthpieces like the VitalSleep are not suitable. These include people with moderate to severe sleep apnea, those who wear dentures, people with jaw problems or those that have had teeth implants.
What I liked about the VitalSleep site is that it also mentioned that if you have tinnitus, using the VitalSleep mouthpiece could make it worse. It also mentions that it may be unsuitable if you have an overbite.
Thoughts On The VitalSleep Device
In common with all MADs, the VitalSleep will not work for a small percentage of people who snore. If you are one of this small group, you can easily get a refund for the cost of the mouthpiece (minus the shipping and handling).
One of the things that I really liked about the VitalSleep was that you can have some side to side movement of your jaw while it is in place. Some users have commented that for them the VitalSleep seems a little loose in their mouth. This feature may take a little time to get used to, but for me it is definitely a major plus. Although the precise jaw offset adjustment means that the VitalSleep requires a little more effort to clean, it also makes for a more comfortable fit that is well worth any additional effort.