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Paul Trethewey
Unread post  Post subject: Anybody tried the SnoreRx?  |  Posted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:37 pm

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Looking at your web site, one of your advertisers is "SnoreRx." It is a lower price alternative to the $2000+ dental devices. Do you have any experience with this? Can you recommend it? I'm willing to spend the 100 bucks to try it out, but not if someone tells me it didn't work for them.


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TheLankyLefty
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Looking at your web site, one of your advertisers is "SnoreRx." It is a lower price alternative to the $2000+ dental devices. Do you have any experience with this? Can you recommend it? I'm willing to spend the 100 bucks to try it out, but not if someone tells me it didn't work for them.
I don't know about the SnoreRx for sure, but other devices like this are basically double mouth guards that they charge $50-100 for.

The dental devices that are more expensive are "titrated" for you (jaw advancement) and made of a much more durable material.

I can neither confirm or deny that it works. ;) The problem with these devices is that apnea isn't caused by just one thing. It can be small esophagus, small upper airway, large soft palate, large uvula, large tongue, recessed jaw, abdominal girth, large neck, neurological etc..... or a combination of them.

One of these devices would have to target your specific cause of apnea...

CPAP works on all of them....though neurological is trickier.

I'm usually highly skeptical of these, but they can, have, and do work for some people.

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Paul Trethewey
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Anybody tried the SnoreRx?  |  Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:43 pm

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I bought one of these and tried it. It works by taking an imprint of your teeth in thermosetting plastic, then after it sets, advancing your jaw outwards in 1 mm increments. To the first approximation, it works. However, there are problems. (1) The device takes up a lot of room in your mouth. As a result, during sleep, when your face muscles relax, your lips are forced open by the bulky appliance inside, and then your mouth and lips dry up; (2) Has an odd smell; (3) After your jaw and TMJ have been pulled forward all night, then the next morning, it feels very awkward to resume normal dental occlusion. Your "bite" has been diddled with, and it doesn't get back to normal until mid-afternoon. An orthodontist warned me not to use this device (or any other dental appliance) because eventually, he said, I would not be able to make my rear molars contact. He also suggested it would make crooked teeth worse. That's unhappy.

So, it almost works. I tried to keep my lips closed using a piece of Post-It full adhesive note paper. It had just about the right amount of stickiness to keep things closed and yet be easily removable. It had the advantage that I could draw a whimsical little smile on it. Silly as it looked, it worked, and I had a couple nights of good sleep with this method. But then I visited the orthodontist, and he poisoned the well.


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TheLankyLefty
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Paul Trethewey wrote:
An orthodontist warned me not to use this device (or any other dental appliance) because eventually, he said, I would not be able to make my rear molars contact. He also suggested it would make crooked teeth worse.
I don't doubt any of that. It possibly could even cause problems with gums. It could also cause some TMJ problems.

I think the important thing to determine the risk/reward. Downside to using an oral appliance vs. the downsides of apnea (assuming it's being effectively treated by the OAT.)

There are certainly downsides of both OAT devices and Apnea. This makes CPAP the preferred method of treatment. Most people who have tried it would agree it takes getting used to, but there really are no permanent side effects to speak of. (I'm sure I can be corrected on this! :) )

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Unread post  Post subject: Re: Anybody tried the SnoreRx?  |  Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:56 am

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I tried it. One of the biggest issues for me was that it didn't let me have my mouth closed for it is explicitly designed so. It also strained (and dislocated?) my teeth. Returned it.


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amsimmo
Unread post  Post subject: Re: Anybody tried the SnoreRx?  |  Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:04 pm

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I tried it and when I woke up, my teeth were loose and I've never even had a cavity before. Scared me to death and never used it again.


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