Ripsnore Device Review – The Good And The Bad

Product details:
Type: Boil & bite MAD
Price: $67.00
Money Back Guarantee: 45 days
Rating:
Rank: #6
Material: Dynaflex, a medically certified BPA free material
Govt. Approval: N/A
Clinical Studies: No
Longevity, Months: 6-15

ripsnoreThe Ripsnore is a typical MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device) not unlike many of the other MAD devices I have used and tested.

Mouthpieces to help snorers were designed to extend the lower jaw forward while sleeping, which prevents the tongue from slipping back and blocking the back of the throat.  I, as well as over 80% of snorers, snore due to the tongue blocking the airway in the back of the throat and allowing air to pass completely through.  When the tongue sits there it causes vibrations which in turn lead to snoring.

This creates numerous other health issues because the body is not receiving the oxygen it needs throughout the night.  The Ripsnore requires the same setup process I have used for many other MAD devices known as the boil and bite method.

I did find some positive points while using the product, but my final conclusion is this particular product was not something I can recommend.

Design and Composition of the Mouthpiece

The Ripsnore is made up of a BPA free material named Dynaflex.

There is also an air hole in the front of the product which is great for mouth breathers, such as myself.

I sometimes suffer from a blocked nasal passage and the only option for me at night is to breathe through my mouth.

Using a device with air holes in this situation becomes necessary for me.  It is another one size fits all mouthpiece, which certain snorers with smaller mouths might have to be careful about.

The Ripsnore does not have any precision adjustments, so any exact calibration is not possible; the only custom fit you get is by using the boil and bite method.

What Makes the Ripsnore Work and How You Should Use It

This product is a standard MAD mouthpiece that I needed to boil and bite before using it to sleep.  Preparing the product is very straightforward, and I would need to gather some tools first.  I would start with a pot to boil water in, two bowls, ice water, and a spoon.

First, I would boil the water, then pour it into one of the bowls and submerge the mouthpiece in hot water for two minutes.

After the two minutes was over I placed the product inside my mouth and bit down with my jaw slightly forward and held it there for 45 seconds.

After that third step was finished I removed the mouthpiece and submerged it again, but this time in the cold water for 60 seconds.

This would allow the plastic to harden completely in the shape of my mouth.  Finally, I tested again how it felt inside my mouth to make sure the process went smooth.

If you need to repeat this, you can boil the Ripsnore up to five times before the material becomes compromised.  Since I was satisfied on the first try, repeating the process was not necessary.

Maintenance of the Product

Maintaining the RIpsnore is a similar method I use for other mouthpieces I own.

There are two main cleaning methods which I like to rotate between.  The first is using a toothbrush, which sometimes I prefer because it cleans the product thoroughly by allowing me to get inside every hole.  However, this also takes much longer.

So, at times I use the second method which is only plunging the product in some water and dental cleaning solution and swirling it around.  This second method is much quicker and I prefer it if I am in a rush.  Finally, I keep the product in a case next to my bed in a nightstand for when I am not using it.

Possible Issues

There are a few issues I had with the product.  First, it is not technically cleared by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration).

The Dynaflex plastic is cleared by the FDA but the device itself is not.  Strange how a component can be cleared, yet the product is not.  The company also advertises the Dynaflex plastic as being FDA cleared, which might make you think the entire product is FDA cleared.

A little bit of misleading advertising by the company there.  Another issue is that the product is not accredited by the BBB (Better Business Bureau).  An extra accreditation that is nice for a company to have.  The one size fits all is not really the case here either.

The product felt bulky for me inside my mouth, and if it felt bulky for me I can only imagine how someone with a smaller mouth would feel.  All mouths are not the same size.  Another issue is the short life span, as the product can only last for as little as three months.

Compared to other anti-snoring devices on the market, this is not a lot of time.  Finally, there is no real custom fit of the mouthpiece.  Not having any precision adjustments makes it a very simple mouthpiece overall.

Is it Effective for You?

When I first put the product in my mouth for the night, it felt bulky right away.  It forced me to keep my mouth open to the point that I was not used to when wearing other devices.  The material did feel smooth and non-irritating against the inside of my mouth however.

There was no harsh rubbing, or did not aggravate me in any way.  This was probably due to the Dynaflex plastic that they used to create the product.

When I woke up in the morning, I felt drained.

I knew that I did not sleep well since I woke up exhausted.  There was also a considerable amount of drool on the pillow, obviously due to the size of the product.  It was so large that it caused me to drool the entire night.

I even woke up a few times during the night and one of those times the product fell out of my mouth.  An anti-snoring device should without a doubt stay inside your mouth for the entire duration of the night, so I was extremely disappointed about that.

The size of the Ripsnore caused two major issues for me the first night already, and I was sure someone with a smaller mouth would have more severe problems.

As I continued using it for more nights, the problem did not resolve itself as it usually does.

I continued to drool, continued to feel sore, and continued to wake up tired.

Pros

  • Air flow hole which allows you to breathe through your mouth when your nasal passage is blocked due to allergies or sinuses.
  • The product is BPA free; BPA is a hazardous plastic that is associated with many health problems.
  • Denture wearers can use the device.
  • There is a 45-day money back guarantee and an 180-day warranty for defects.

Cons

  • No precision adjustments can be done for a more custom fit.
  • The product is very bulky, and I have an average sized mouth.
  • The lifespan of the product only being 3 months long is very short.
  • The product is not cleared by the FDA and not accredited by the BBB.

How Much Will It Cost and How to Buy it

The price of the Ripsnore including shipping is $67.00.  For this price you receive two mouthpieces, which makes it a little better as $35.00 is a decent price for a basic MAD device.

There is no option to buy only one, which I think would have been much better to include.  The product comes with a 45-day money back guarantee and a 6-month warranty if it is defective.

The Business that Makes the Product

The Ripsnore was created in Australia where it is still headquartered today, with distributors worldwide.  It was founded by two brothers, one of which created the product to solve his own snoring problem.  The company that markets the product claims it is 98 percent effective.

Incredibly high compared to other companies.  I must have fallen into the 2 percent, as I did not find it to help my snoring!  It is marketed on television and has an ‘as seen on tv’ sticker on the website as well as the box it comes in.

I did find the company’s FDA claim to be misleading to consumers, this took some investigation to realize the product was not actually FDA cleared.

Summary

The product overall was not a success.  I could not in good faith recommend this to other snorers looking for a useful device, regardless of what the company claims as a 98% rate of success.

This was not a one size fits all product for me personally, as it had fallen out several times over several nights.  The misleading advertising should be pulled from their marketing in my opinion.

The product is also not FDA cleared, or accredited by the BBB.  Most importantly it was not a positive experience for me.  I recommend readers to search for and try another product.

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