|Type:||Jaw supporting mouthpiece|
|BBB accredited:||Not Listed|
Before I tell you anything about this device, I have one thing to say. Ouch! I’m not saying that because it’s uncomfortable either.
Maybe you already know what I’m getting at, but just in case you don’t I’ll explain it soon. Let’s get to the facts.
The Tomed SomnoGuard AP is a jaw retaining mouthpiece. If you want to get really technical you could also call it a mandibular advancement device like the product info says.
Like any other jaw advancing device, this one pulls your lower jaw forward. It does this to keep your jaw from putting any pressure on your airway while you sleep.
If the jaw puts pressure on your airway it will cause airway constriction. Airway constriction is what causes snoring regardless of your specific cause of snoring. They all come back to airway constriction.
You can get this mouthpiece if you live in the United States, but this is actually a British product. Since this device is made by a British company the Better Business Bureau does not keep any records about them.
This solution has not been approved by the American FDA either. It does not come with any kind of satisfaction guarantee, so getting a refund may be difficult if not impossible. Also, this mouthpiece will cost you around $200 making it one of the most expensive options available. This is why I have to say ouch!
This is one area where this mouthpiece is actually above average. The design is very modern and has lots of features. It is two pieces so it fits over both the upper and lower jaw.
The fitting begins with the boil and bite process that is standard for jaw retaining devices. The inner part that actually touches your teeth is made of a much softer material than the outside shell.
The outside is very hard. One interesting thing about this design is that you can mold the top and bottom pieces separately. However, once the mouthpiece has been molded you can adjust it by simply turning a screw.
The screw allows for 10 mm of adjustment so you can change how far the mouthpiece moves your jaw. Ten millimeters is actually a lot. Most mouthpieces that have an adjustment feature have a range of more like 6 or 8 mm.
There have been a ton of problems with this solution. No matter where you look or who you ask, there is something going wrong with this mouthpiece. Others have complained about everything from the device falling apart to the adjustment screw breaking.
It also wears quickly in general and falls out frequently. This is one of those situations where if it can go wrong it probably will. There a lot of horror stories about this mouthpiece and a noticeable lack of positive comments.
Of all the jaw retaining solutions you have to choose from, the Tomed SomnoGuard AP is both one of the worst and one of the most expensive. That’s a rare combination, even for a snoring solution.
The best recommendation I can give you is to avoid this device and choose from one of the better options. The only exception would be if you want to throw away two hundred dollars or so.
Even if you did want to throw away two hundred dollars there are much more entertaining ways to do it, I know I can think of a few. Take a look at a tongue retaining device or another jaw advancing mouthpiece.