Somno guard AP
on the 9th Oct 2014
I have worn amandibular splint supplied by the local hospital for the past 20 years. I have found it reasonably comfortable but probably a bit of a passion killer. It certainly worked for my apnia giving me a good nights sleep and getting rid of the permanent feeling of jet lag. As the splint is now old it needs replacing so I thought I would give the Somno guard AP a whirl. It took a couple of attempts to get the guard fitting reasonably comfortable and with the thought that it would not come loose from my teeth. I found that the retaining unit was not sufficiantly deep enough to give it a secure feeling in my mouth. While I was able to adjust the guard so that my lower jaw was held sufficiently forward I found it to big and bulky. With the adjusting screw in between the upper and lower sections, it made the whole extremely bulky. It was easy to breath with but virtually impossible to speak. Where I think it was better than the hospital one is that it was far easier to clean being able to separate the two pieces. I gave it a go for about three weeks but now back with my old splint and will probably ask my dentist to begin the process to get a new one even though it's a lot more expensive. If you've not worn a splint before give the Somno guard a go it might work for you especially if it gives you a good nights sleep
I couldn't get on with it
on the 11th Sep 2013
I'm a CPAP user, but my consultant suggested I might want to try these as well as it could well give the same results and I wouldn't have to be hooked up to a machine looking like Darth Vader every night. I also thought it would be really useful for holidays, as I don't like lugging the CPAP machine on planes. The moulding process and the accompanying video was very good, and I got a very good fit. I have not been able to sleep in it, or in fact manage to keep it in my mouth for any length of time though. It just feels like I'm going to drown in my own saliva after about 10 minutes, and just feels really unnatural - whereas going back to a CPAP mask feels like a cosy blanket in comparison.I'm a mouth breather if that makes a difference. At this time, I'm afaid I couldn't recommend it.
Not the most robust device
on the 27th Jun 2011
I've had a variety of MADs over the years, both specialist fitted ones and most of the SomnoGuard range. This is definitely an improvement on the basic SomnoGuard as it holds better, is easier to mould and can be adjusted using the screw after moulding. However, I've had two of these now, and they've both failed with the same problem. Either my lower jaw is exceptionally strong or there's a bit of a design flaw. Basically, after some time (around 4-6 months) the screw 'punches' through the C shaped bracket leaving a hole with sharp edges right where your tongue goes, and also allowing your lower jaw to move back - rendering the device useless. I've recently moved onto the SomnoGuard SP, which took a little getting used to (you have to open your mouth differently to have a drink of water) but I'm hopeful that it will prove more robust.
on the 8th May 2011
just bought this product and am yet to try it out but what immediately concerns me is the quality of the instructions which is a big bugbear with me for any product, especially one's that cost a lot of money.the instruction video is useful but does not always match the written. the video does not include instruction 9 which is very confusing and seems pointless to the whole procedure. also there is no explanation of the purpose of the locknut which is included as a spare but is not on the unit itself so it seems to be superfluous.hopefully the unit will actually work and not be reduced in its effectiveness by poor, cheaply produced instructions.
on the 11th Aug 2010
I think it's a great contraption, however I think both the upper and lower parts should actually be connected together. I say this as once I've fallen asleep whilst using it, my jaw drops even further, and sometimes the guard unhinges itself from the top part - and is not worth putting in my mouth at all. Apart from that, it does work. I would've preffered to have paid half as much for this device, or had a device with a little more sophistocation.
on the 9th Sep 2009
I was recommended this by my ENT specialist. It seems that most people have had considerable success with this product. Unfortunately, my own experience does not support this. I spent a week sleeping on my own getting used to it, but when I joined my wife she told me that the snoring was actually worse to the point that she forbade me wearing it when we went on holiday.