Another mandible advancement device taking its fair share in the market, the SomnoGuard AP works similar to the other MADs in the market today.
By advancing our jaw position forward, the airways become free from obstruction thus clearing the space for the air to pass through. This way, the air passing through is not forced through a smaller opening which causes the soft tissues to vibrate.
With over 20 years experience, Dr. Toussaint GmbH designed the SomnoGuard AP. He also founded the company that manufacturers it, Tomed. This product had been widely marketed which has been patronized bt the USA for over 16 years to date.
What distinguishes this product from the rest is that is boasts a two-piece design. Other features that also make the product unique are:
- Product can last up to 18 months of use
- Allows you to move your mouth laterally, significantly increasing comfort level
- Easy to clean
- It can be adjusted almost infinitely. It allows the user up to 10mm adjustments, which makes this a great product for those having an overbite or underbite
- Cleared by the FDA
- It can be remoulded several times
- Less noticeable as compared to other oral devices
- Has breathing holes which allows the user to breathe through their mouth
- Customized fit for the customer
How to Fit Mouthpiece
The product can either be used straight from the box, or if you prefer a more secure fit for your mouth, you can use the boil-and-bite method. Don’t worry if you haven’t got the perfect fit the first time, you can always repeat the process regardless of how many times you want.
- Boil 2 cups of water
- Pour hot water into cup or mug
- Submerge the mouthpiece for a recommended time
- Take the mouthpiece out of the water, cool to an appropriate temperature
- Put the PureSleep into your mouth and bite down. Hold the position for about 45 seconds so the malleable material creates a mark of your teeth on the product
- Place in cold water and wait until it hardens before using
- Check the fit. If it seems loose or uncomfortable, repeat the process over again.
Cost and Availability
The SomnoGuard sells for only $150 plus shipping fee. However, it is no widely sold to the US so you’d have to search for shops that will ship to the US. Some online sellers allows you to purchase the product for $256.95 plus shipping fee if you’re from the US.
Since this product is a little more expensive than the others, plus you would need a prescription to purchase it, reviews of the product are for the most part, favourable.
“I am very impressed with the SomnoGuard AP, any other devices I have used in the past have necessitated in several visits to the dentist for fittings and then a long wait for the bespoke devices to be ready for me. With the SomnoGuard there is none of this, it is very simple to use and fit. As soon as this product comes to the market, I would like to order one and a spare immediately. I am extremely satisfied with the simplicity of the device and would highly recommend it to anyone in my situation.” – Russell Howell
“I was amazed with the product, it actually worked, after years of loud snoring, I finally had a quiet night sleep, my partner was very happy. However, it only lasted 4 nights, the SomnoGuard wasn’t strong enough! I tried to re mould it as of the instruction but it totally went of shape, I since bought similar guard through my dentist and it’s been fantastic.” – Khaled Tbaily
Sources: British Snoring”
“Practically I have been very happy with this device. I was skeptical that it would work, but it has worked very well. Two criticisms: 1. I bit too hard when molding it and my front teeth have bitten through to the bottom teeth. This has not affected performance but it is wearing out faster than I hoped. 2. The device is outrageously priced for what it is – a piece of thermoplastic.” – Martin
“Very good item – after I adjusted as instructed I had no trouble to use it all night long. And my girlfriend is happy!! No more noises on my side of the bed ;-)” – Thomas
“This did almost totally stop my snoring, but I found it impossible to keep comfortably in my mouth. I have a small mouth and it was terribly uncomfortable so I couldn’t keep it in all night.” –Lorrie Marchington
For the most part, the SomnoGuard AP is a formidable product on the market. Having a few advantages over the other common products, it is one that is favourable to some.
Designed by a seasoned MD and manufactured by an established company, it also boasts of several features not found in most MADs.
The product, however, is much more bulkier than the others. Together with that, the fitting process requires a little more extra effort from the user. Lastly, it is a quality product which is why you would need to get a prescription before buying it. If you’ve got money and very serious in solving your snoring solution, we recommend that you give the SomnoGuard AP a try.