Snoring can disrupt your life and that of your partner or family.
It may leave you feeling groggy and prone to day time naps. It’s hard to function properly if you don’t get a decent night’s sleep.
There is the knock on effect. Your snoring may be disrupting the sleep of those living with you.
Dependent on the cause of your snoring, there are many products available on the market that may help.
ZQuiet is a mandibular advancement device or MAD. It promises:
- To help you wake up refreshed and revitalized.
- It works for women and men.
- It is small, flexible and low profile.
- It will increase your energy with proper sleep.
- You can enjoy the health benefits of quality sleep.
- No more sleepless nights.
Time to take a look what this device can do and if it may work.
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Who Makes This Device?
This device was designed by Dan and Katerina Webster in conjunction with Avery Lieberman, DDS.
The Websters sought a solution to deal with Dan’s snoring. They formed the company Sleeping Well LLC.
Dr. Lieberman has over 20 years dental experience. This experience includes the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliances. He is also the founder of The Treatment Center for Disturbed Sleep.
The company also supplies custom oral appliances to dentists and medical professionals. They are aiming to build a list of trained sleep dentists.
What Is ZQuiet?
The medical term for your jawbone is a mandible. Advancement means “the act of moving forward”. This means that an MAD – like a ZQuiet – is a mouthpiece that moves the jaw forward.
So how does moving your jaw forward help relieve snoring? Let see what causes snoring and how this device works.
How Does It Work
There are many reasons why people snore. One of these reasons is the partial obstruction of the airway to and from the lungs. This may be caused by relaxation of the muscles in the tongue and throat tissue.
When we sleep the lower jaw relaxes. This in turn causes the surrounding muscles and tissue to relax. Gravity causes your tongue to fall backwards towards your throat. This narrows the airway, restricting air flow. As a result the air passing through vibrates and causes a noise. This is what we call snoring.
An MAD aims to help lessen the restriction on your airways. It does this by moving the jaw forward and away from the back of your throat. This may also cause the tongue to move forward and open up the airway. This can reduce the air resistance that leads to snoring.
This device offers a Two Step Custom System and Natural Hinged Technology.
Two Step Custom System
- You are supplied with two mouthpieces. They are different sizes depending on whether you need a small adjustment to your jaw, or a little more. Having the two options allows you to see which may work better for you.
Natural Hinged Technology
- The device has soft hinges between the lower and upper jaw mouthpieces. This aims to to provide maximum flexibility and comfort. It claims to adapt with the way you sleep and provide maximum relaxation.
The device is made from thermoplastic elastomer. It is soft and flexible. The material is non-toxic, odorless, and tasteless. It does not contain latex or BPA. The material used has passed strict consumer safety testing. It is made in the USA. It has been cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration as safe for use.
The product is designated a Class II medical device by the FDA. This means the company had to prove that the product is effective. It must achieve its intended purpose.
It is ready to use straight from the box. You do not need to mold it. There is no special fitting procedure. If needed, you can trim it with small scissors to improve fit. After trimming the company advises that you use a nail file or emery board to smooth any rough edges. This will avoid irritation to the gums.
The device in may be cleaned with warm water and mild dish soap. The company advises that you use a toothbrush for best results. They do however caution not to use toothpaste as this may discolour the device. It may also alter the surface of the material. Rinse it thoroughly to remove all soap prior to storage.
We have mentioned the Natural Hinged Technology. This feature is patented by the company. It allows natural breathing through your nose and mouth. It uses specially designed airflow posts. These may eliminate discomfort from having a clenching your jaws.
The design of these hinges also help keep the device in place. The company claims you can even talk or drink while wearing the device.
We have also noted the fact that this device, unlike many others, is ready for use straight from the box. It does not require moulding by placing in boiling water, biting on it and cooling it.
MAD’s work by moving the lower jaw forward. This may cause discomfort as your jaw muscles are held in a position they are not used to.
The discomfort should pass after a few days in some cases, in others maybe a few weeks. The discomfort should also ease during the day when you are not wearing the device.
You may also find initially that you drool a bit more on your pillow. This is due to excess saliva production. It may pass after a few weeks.
Some people have also reported that it may make your teeth sore or feel loose. This feeling should go away in a few hours. The company advice you discontinue use and see your dentist if it lasts more than six hours.
It may also initially make your tongue a bit tender.
Who Can Use This Device?
This device is intended to solve the issues of simple snoring. It should be safe for more most adults over 18 years.
You should not use the device:
- If you have full dentures, crowns, caps or bridgework that are loose.
- If you have dental implants that are less than a year old.
- If you are receiving orthodontic treatment.
- If you have had or have jaw joint diseases or issues.
- If you have sleep apnea. This is a medical condition. You should consult your doctor before using this device.
- If you have a respiratory disease like severe asthma or emphysema.
There is a yes/no questionnaire in respect of these issues that you must complete before purchase.
Complaints & Issues
The company is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. It has an A+ rating.
It has 20 logged resolved complaints and 4 negative reviews. These mainly revolve around customer service, returns process and credit card charges.
ZQuiet Reviews & Complaints
The product is sold directly from the company website. As a result independent customer reviews are few and far between.
There are many positive testimonials on the company website. People are very grateful to get their lives back on track and be able to sleep in the same room as their partners again.
Some people have also noticed the benefit for themselves. They report better sleep and more energy.
Ron F reports:
I’ve been using ZQuiet® for 3-4 years now. I had been thinking I needed to try something for my snoring for awhile, then I put action to it when I was sent to the basement when I was keeping everyone IN THE HOUSE up on vacation with my in-laws! I ordered it right away and it was waiting for me when we got home from vacation. It worked from night 1. I used to think I was wearing this for my wife, so she can sleep. It hit me a couple of weeks ago when my wife was out of town for a night, so I didn’t wear it. I ended up waking up several times and just had a restless night of sleep. Not only is ZQuiet® for my wife, but it’s FOR ME TOO! Thanks for thinking of this great product! I’m very rested!
Not everyone is quite as happy. Some people report that the product may not last very long.
Adriana Priscal writes:
It works alright. I bought the zquiet for my husband not too long ago. It definitely has reduced his snoring and allowed me to get some rest, but I’m not overwhelmed with the results. My biggest complaint is the quality of the product. I am already starting to see signs of aging from use and i’m not really sure how much longer it is going to be before I have to replace it. Would I recommend? Yes
Meanwhile some people find it too uncomfortable to use. There are also comments about poor customer service.
My advice would be DO NOT BUY this device. Extremely uncomfortable, and extremely RUDE customer service. It will be a miracle if they don’t charge my credit card $60
Packages, Prices & Where To Buy It
The product can be purchased direct from the official company website.
The pack includes 2 devices. You have two options available:
See below how the official site looks like.
The company offers a 30 day money back guarantee less shipping and handling.
You need to contact Customer Service to obtain authorisation.
If you took advantage of the trial offer then the $9.95 is not refundable. You will be responsible for return shipping.
Pros & Cons
Snoring can disrupt our lives and the lives of those around us. Any solution would be a benefit.
This device has many positive customer reviews. But it may not work for everyone. The price is reasonable and you have the option of a 30 day trial for the cost of shipping and handling.
It may be worth checking what type of snorer you are to see if this device may work for you. You can find a simple test on snore.net.
We laid out the facts, will you buy it? Comment below and tell us what you think!