The over-the-counter anti-snoring market is rife with hundreds if not thousands of products and scores of people choose to resort to these – often dubious – devices, to alleviate their sleep-related problems. One such device, Snore B Gone, is the focus of this review.
Snoring is about more than just the loss of quality sleep though. It leads to a massive number of health problems, among them sleep apnea and heart disease, and – in an extreme – it can even be deadly. Dealing with it therefore should not be taken lightly.
A word of caution before I begin this review: if you’re struggling with snoring-related problems, first and utmost: seek the help/opinion of a qualified physician. Only if/ when he/she recommends that you resort to devices such as Snore B Gone, consider purchasing them.
What exactly is Snore B Gone though?
A mouthpiece focused on mandibular advancement, Snore B Gone is hardly unique in function and in scope. In fact, there are literally scores of other similar products available out there. The main selling point of Snore B Gone is in its marketing as well as its apparently bulky and adjustable structure.
The plastic of which the Snore B Gone mouthpiece is made is claimed to be free of BPA and latex, and it is said to be FDA-approved. It is also claimed that the mouthpiece can be remolded, and that a single one is enough for a user, since its regular use trains the jaw to assume the proper position upon falling asleep, therefore its continued use is redundant.
What does Snore B Gone claim to achieve?
Through the pushing forward of the jaw and the immobilization of the tongue, the device claims to alleviate the airways while tightening up the muscles of the throat, which thus become unlikely to begin vibrating.
Unlike some of the other mouthpieces available for snoring, Snore B Gone does not seem to feature a tongue stabilizer – a part of the device that pushes the tongue forward as well.
Needless to say, having achieved all the above, Snore B Gone may indeed be considered to be effective against sleep apnea too. As a matter of fact, it used to be marketed as such at one point, though the product itself seems to carry a warning that it should not be used for sleep apnea – so that whole thing was a little confusing to say the least.
It has to be noted that from a purely common-sense perspective, the efficiency of the device hinges on a number of factors.
The age of the user is obviously one such factor, as is his/her gender and body weight. Sleeping position impacts the efficiency of the device too, as does alcohol, tobacco and medication use. One’s overall fitness level is also thought to play a role.
Long story short: the maker of the device promises that Snore B Gone will significantly reduce snoring and in some cases, it will do away with it completely.
How is Snore B Gone marketed?
The product is obviously pushed through its official website, snore-b-gone.com, where a fairly standard pitch is made. It is obvious that not many resources were put into the creation of this website and there’s nothing really special about it. The alleged virtues of the device are extolled on a handful of pages, including the usual mix of user testimonies and medical study results.
It is worth noting that there is a disclaimer at the bottom of the every page, according to which, the statements made on the website have not been evaluated by the FDA – no surprises there either. Translation: it all needs to be taken with a grain of salt.
There is a Contact page available too, which features a physical location (2303 Kennedy St. NE, Suite 105, Minneapolis, MN 55413), a phone number (888-317-5763) an email address (email@example.com) as well as an email form.
This is important because some user complaints regarding the product/company have stated that there is no way to contact the vendor.
That simply does not appear to be the case…
Above and beyond the actual website and the standard sales copy, Snore B Gone’s pushers have gone further and created a video ad, in which they apparently employed celebrity backing, in the person of Lester Holt.
Just how legit is this video though? There seem to be several problems with it and it has generated quite a bit of controversy.
While Lester Holt is indeed in it, the video does not seem to be about Snore B Gone at all. In fact, in one of its scenes, it is obvious that the device used by the person is not a Snore B Gone device.
The Snore B Gone logo looks like it has been edited into the video at a later date, so it really does not look good. I believe it is safe to jot this one down as a major fiasco on the part of the Snore B Gone people.
How does it stack up against other similar devices?
As I’ve already mentioned in the beginning of this review, Snore B Gone is far from being a unique device within this vertical. In fact, I have seen several similar devices reviewed.
Zyppah RX was one of these devices, and I bring it up first, because the device in the above said video ad looked like a Zyppah RX indeed.
Other than that, there’s ZQuiet and NoZnore, just to mention a couple more brands.
The bottom line in this regard is that price is probably the only real difference-maker among these options, though if you are indeed in the market for an anti-snoring mouthpiece, you should probably go through this quick check-list too:
- make sure that the maker of the device you are about the buy, offers comprehensive clinical evidence regarding the benefits of the said device.
- make sure the price is good, there’s at least a 30-day money-back guarantee and that there are no restocking fees (this is how some of the shady operators make money off returned merchandise deemed unsatisfactory by the would-be user).
- check for buyer/user feedback. You obviously need this to be overwhelmingly positive.
How much does it cost and is its price competitive?
According to the Snore B Gone website, a single device (which is in effect “a month’s supply”), costs $59.99 plus shipping and handling. Two devices are priced at $99.98, while a package of 3 costs $119.97. In the latter case, shipping and handling is included in the price as well.
The device does come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. If sent back, a restocking fee of $9.99 is charged.
This inevitably raises the question: for how long can one use such a device? Apparently, a single device can be used for 3 months, so it is a little confusing why the website peddles 3 devices as a three months’ worth of supply…
Also, according to the Amazon sales rep. of the device, a user should not need more than one, as it trains the jaw and the muscles of the throat to adopt the correct position, so after 3 months, its benefits should stick.
By comparing the price of the device with that of other, similar solutions, it is safe to conclude that it is indeed quite expensive.
What do actual buyers say about the device?
This is where things turn southward for Snore B Gone. You see, the problem is that people don’t really seem to like it, and there are several reasons for that.
As usual, complaints cover a wide range: some are unhappy that the device cannot be used for sleep apnea. Others decry the fact that it simply does not work and that it cannot be fathomed as a replacement for CPAP (which is indeed what many people hope to use it as).
While some of these complaints do indeed stem from personal user preferences, there are a few that don’t.
Several users have complained on several sites (including Amazon) that the device they received had nothing to do with the one presented at the site and in the various ads.
Instead of being clear and bulky, the mouthpiece people ended up paying $60 for, was small and blue – a generic plastic mouthpiece indeed, which is available for much less elsewhere.
Some buyers contacted the official Snore B Gone site about this issue. More precisely, they asked them whether the mouthpiece was indeed adjustable or not. They replied that it was a boil and bite device, so that makes it clear.
On the upside, there are a couple of positive user reviews at Amazon too, but in this regard, the product does not look good at all.
So, does Snore B Gone really work?
As far as a generic boil-and-bite mouth piece works, yes, Snore B Gone might definitely work. The problem is that science has long proved it: such solutions aren’t really all they’re cranked up to be.
Should you really order it?
I’m not going to advise you against picking this one up, though you need to bear in mind that you will most likely end up paying $60 for a boil-and-bite mouthpiece. Then, even if you send it back, you’ll be stuck with a restocking fee of $10.
Make your decision in light of this and considering all the above presented facts.