Welcome to my VitalSleep review.
More specifically my review will concentrate on the VitalSleep anti snoring mouthpiece.
As you’re here to find out more about this product, I would hazard a guess that snoring is an issue in your life.
Most people typically view snoring as a problem that keeps their partner, or others in the household, awake during the night (and probably yourself as well).
However, to be completely honest, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Snoring can cause all kinds of issues with your mental and physical well-being, and this is why it’s vitally important to seek a solution as soon as possible.
So, without further ado, let’s find out more about the VitalSleep anti snoring mouthpiece.
Product: VitalSleep Anti Snoring Mouthpiece
Cheapest Place to Buy: vitalsleep.com
Type of Product: Mandibular Advancement Device
Guarantee: 60-Night Money Back Guarantee and 1 Year Warranty
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
The Basics of the VitalSleep Anti Snoring Mouthpiece?
The VitalSleep anti snoring mouthpiece is what is known as a mandibular advancement device (MAD).
A MAD is specifically aimed at tongue snorers and will hold both the lower jar and the tongue forward in order to prevent snoring.
Snoring occurs when the throat muscles and the tongue become too relaxed.
When the throat muscles relax they partially block the airways between your lungs, nose and mouth. When you breathe, air traveling over the relaxed tissues causes them to vibrate, and this creates the sound of snoring.
Additionally, the tongue may fall back, once again blocking the airways. The blockage constricts air from passing through the airways and this is another reason for the sound of snoring.
Tongue snoring is especially synonymous with snorers who sleep on their back.
So, by holding the lower jaw and the tongue forward the airways are kept clear, thus allowing air to pass through the airways, which will then prevent you from snoring.
Who Are VitalSleep?
VitalSleep is actually the signature product of the Snore Reliever Company LLC.
David Hernandez is the inspiration behind the anti snoring mouthpiece. David was frustrated by his chronic exhaustion and fatigue, but took the advice of his dentist and started to research anti snoring mouthpieces.
He was extremely perturbed by his findings and found that most of the devices he came across were of questionable safety and quality.
What was even more shocking to David was that the price of these products were hugely expensive and typically out of reach for the average person.
David spent close to $3,000 on a mouthpiece that was prescribed by a dentist and it was because of this that David wanted to develop an affordable and effective solution for snoring.
David graduated with a degree in physical therapy from Daemen College in 1999. The Snore Reliever Company LLC is based in New York City, New York and was registered in 2010.
The actual product was designed by Dr. Richard Koffler, who has over 20 years of experience in medical rehabilitation.
VitalSleep is classified as a Class II medical device and the product has been cleared and approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The VitalSleep Website holds a Consumer Protection Certificate, which means that it is Doctor Trusted.
They have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and meet the DoctorTrusted.org code of conduct.
This means that the product has:
- Passed all due diligence checks
- Fair pricing and a fair refund policy
- An ethical billing policy
- Reasonable health claims listed on their website
You can also contact VitalSleep representatives by phone or email seven days a week.
How Does The VitalSleep Mouthpiece Work?
So, I’ve been through the basics of how mandibular advancement devices work.
We now know that this type of device is aimed at bringing the lower jaw and tongue forward so that the airways are free from blockage and the relaxed tissues will no longer vibrate.
I’d also like to point out that this is one of the few products I have seen that offers 2 different sizes, aimed at men and women separately.
The VitalSleep MAD will advance the lower jaw by up to 8mm, which will then open up the airways and drastically improve breathing while you sleep.
You are able to sleep in any position that you wish when wearing the device, as you can breath through your nose or your mouth (there are certain devices that restrict you to only breathing through the nose, so with these it is advisable to sleep on your back).
As I’ve mentioned, there are 2 sizes, a regular size for men, and a woman’s size which is 10% smaller.
VitalSleep is one of the mandibular advancement devices that can be customized (not all MADs can be, which can be extremely frustrating if the product doesn’t fit in your mouth properly).
The device will need to be molded to your teeth, thus providing an individual and customized fit.
Firstly, check the back of the device so you can correctly identify the top half. The product should already be in a neutral position, but if it isn’t then simply adjust both sides with the hex key provided. Basically, you don’t want the lower half to be in a forward position before you’ve gone through the molding process.
Next place fairly hot water, but not boiled, into a bowl and fill it up so that it’s enough to submerge the device. Place the mouthpiece into the hot water (using tongs) for a total of five seconds. Remove from the water, wait ten seconds, and then place it in your mouth.
You should bite down gently for 10-15 seconds, while making sure to press the surfaces of the device against your teeth.
Remove the device and place it in cold water for up to 30 seconds in order to set your mould. Place it back in your mouth to ensure that it is comfortable. If it doesn’t feel quite right then simply repeat the entire process over again.
Often, the mould may not take place as required because the device was placed in hot water for too long or the user bit down a little too hard on the mouthpiece.
What Else Do I Need To Know?
Mandibular advancement devices in general take a bit of getting used to. I mean, let’s face the facts, you are putting a fairly noticeable object in your mouth for a number of hours while you attempt to sleep.
Many users of MADs complain of jaw soreness and occasional drooling, but this is completely normal to start off with. I would suggest that if you feel soreness for a longer than a few days then this product possibly isn’t for you.
However, VitalSleep does offer a 60-night money back guarantee, so you are able to test and try the product out for a whole 2 months, and if you’re not satisfied for any reason, simply ask for your money back.
VitalSleep do actually recommend sleeping with the product for a few nights without the lower mandibular advancement. This is indeed great advice and I’m surprised I have never considered this before.
This allows you the opportunity to get used to having the product in your mouth while you sleep, without having to “jump in both feet first” and possibly have to go through the discomfort of having your jaw pulled forward from the very first night.
Well done and good shout VitalSleep and I’m disappointed to not have thought of this myself.
Construction and Testing
The product is made from ethyl-vinyl acetate, which is hypo-allergenic and of medical-grade quality. It contains no BPAs or latex.
Now something of interest – The vast majority of anti snoring mouthpieces haven’t been clinically tested, due to the huge expenses involved in doing this. Therefore, these companies typically rely on studies of similar products to ensure that their devices will work.
VitalSleep is one of the said companies that hasn’t had their MAD clinically tested. With that being said, a very similar product was tested at the Department of Thoracic Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital, UK. The results concluded that 80 out of 94 subjects who were tested found that it dramatically reduced their snoring.
As I’ve mentioned above, the product is also FDA approved.
The price of the VitalSleep mouthpiece ($69.95) is one of the most competitive I have seen in the marketplace and the one-year warranty is definitely amongst the most generous.
If the product wears out within one-year of you purchasing it you can get it replaced and there is no limit to how many replacements you can order in a year. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me.
Even more generous, is the fact that you can buy a second mouthpiece at the time of your initial purchase for just $39.95.
When you consider that getting a mandibular advancement device molded and fitted by a dentist will typically cost thousands of dollars, it’s easy to see why the VitalSleep product has been so popular over the years.
Of course, not forgetting (once again) the 60-day money back guarantee, you literally have nothing to lose.
I was also extremely impressed by the fact that there are no shipping fees whatsoever, nationally or internationally, for the VitalSleep mouthpiece.
I have seen MADs that are even more expensive to start off with than the VitalSleep device and then with the inclusion of taxes and shipping fees see you paying an additional $30-$40 on the advertised price.
This is NOT the case with VitalSleep, as far as the price goes, what you see is what you pay.
Shipping will typically take a maximum of 4 days within the US and up to 10 days for an international order.
Cleaning and Maintenance
You should clean the mouthpiece after every use. This is easily done with toothpaste and water, so I suggest when you brush your teeth in the morning you can clean your device as well.
As the product has been molded to fit around your teeth, and there are a number of crevices and grooves, so please ensure that you spend a little time cleaning the device thoroughly.
Then allow it to dry naturally for an hour or two before storing it in the storage case it comes with.
I would also advise that at least once a week you soak the mouthpiece in a denture cleanser to ensure it stays clean and lasts for as long as possible.
Is The Product For Everyone?
The VitalSleep mouthpiece will not be suitable for everyone.
I would not recommend the product if you:
- Suffer with a temporomandibular joint disorder
- Have sleep apnea
- Suffer from a respiratory disorder
- Wear braces or dental implants (that were fitted in the previous 12 months)
- Have loose teeth
If you fall within any of these categories you will need to find an alternative solution.
Pros and Cons of The VitalSleep Mouthpiece
- At $69.95 this is definitely one of the least expensive mandibular advancement devices in the marketplace.
- You can buy a second device at the time of your first purchase for just $39.95.
- The VitalSleep mouthpiece comes in 2 sizes, men’s and women’s.
- The product is FDA approved.
- The website holds a consumer protection certificate.
- VitalSleep has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
- The product can be molded and therefore customized for an exact fit.
- There are no taxes or shipping fees to pay (which is almost unheard of with other similar products).
- It comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.
- There is a free one-year warranty which allows you unlimited replacements during this period.
- The actual VitalSleep device has not been clinically tested itself (although this is a very common practice for MADs). However, a similar product was tested and saw an 85% success rate.
- It is not suitable for everyone and certain people will need to look elsewhere for a solution to their snoring (as I’ve mentioned above).
I’m not going to hide the fact that I’m not really a fan of mandibular advancement devices.
However, this is just a personal opinion and the fact that I just don’t like anything near my mouth, nose, eyes or face (I guess you could call me a “face claustrophobic”).
With that being said, the VitalSleep device is probably one of, if not, the most impressive anti snoring mouthpieces I have reviewed.
You literally have nothing to lose by ordering and trying out the device.
It’s one of the least expensive mouthpieces in the marketplace, you have a 1-year warranty, literally thousands of satisfied customers, 2 different sizes to choose from, and a 60-day money back guarantee.
What’s not to like.