My wife had been on my case for years about my snoring. It had gotten to the point where it was putting a strain on our marriage. So I set about trying out a few different anti-snoring devices.
Mouthpieces are common anti-snoring solutions, so I decided to start there. What intrigued me about the Zyppah was that it combined two techniques in one, which is unique to any other mouth guard.
I thought that perhaps combining two approaches would double down on the anti-snoring power. I was desperate to find something that would defeat my boisterous snoring. I had seen some advertisements for the Zyppah on television, so I decided to order one up.
How Does it Work?
Anti-snoring mouth devices are technically called Mandibular Advancement Devices (MADs). What’s interesting about the Zyppah is it actually combines mandibular advancement with a technique called tongue restraint. When you use this mouthpiece, it moves your lower jaw forward and holds your tongue in place as well.
Now let me just start by saying that MADs aren’t going to win you any fashion awards. Most of them are stationary, so you’re going to look a little like Frankenstein's monster when you’re wearing them.
I ordered Zyppah from the manufacturer’s website, and it was an easy process. You can get one Zyppah for $99.95 or two for $169.95 which puts it on a similar price point as others. The box looked very professional.
Right on top was a bright, glossy instruction manual that was easy to follow. There was a letter from the inventor of the device included as well, which mentioned that it’s made in America. The mouthpiece comes with a plastic storage case which helps keep it clean when you’re not using it.
There is a little elastic band in the part of the device that would be at the back of your mouth. That’s the part that holds your tongue down. When I first saw it, I was a little skeptical about how effective the little bit of elastic would be at holding down my tongue. However, I was committed to giving it a go.
When you take the Zyppah out of the box, you will see that the part for your bottom jaw sticks out a bit further than the top part. That’s for the mandibular advancement.
What immediately stood out to me was that the Zyppah did not have any mechanism for adjusting how much mandibular advancement it created. It’s a one-size-fits-all kind of situation with the Zyppah.
That actually makes it a pretty easy decision for you: Try it out and if it works it works, if not then it’s just not right for you. The makers of Zyppah offer a 90-day money back guarantee, which is much longer than other MAD sellers. Therefore, you have plenty of time to decide if it’s right for you.
Getting it Ready
Before you can use the Zyppah, you go through a process of making a custom fit for your mouth and teeth. Custom molding ensures the best fit for comfort in your unique mouth. That’s one of the main hurdles to overcome when using a mouthpiece, compared to a chinstrap, for example.
The process begins by pouring boiling water into one cup and cold water into another. Make sure you have some kitchen tongs or another utensil nearby for handling the Zyppah in hot water.
You first dip the mouthpiece in hot water for 45 to 60 seconds to soften up the plastic. Once it’s soft enough, you down on it, leaving the unique impression of your teeth. You definitely should let it cool down for around 15 to 20 seconds before biting down on it though. You don’t want to burn your mouth!
Once you’ve bitten down on it for a while, you can take it out and submerge it in the cold cup of water so the impression can harden.
The First Night Using the Zyppah
The Zyppah was admittedly a little uncomfortable to wear on the first night. It was difficult to swallow which was a bit distressing to me. The tongue elastic felt very close to the back of my throat and was causing a bit of a gag reflex.
I did eventually fall asleep, and in the morning my wife told me that my snoring had been reduced. We were off to a great start based on that alone! I, on the other hand, was definitely experiencing some jaw fatigue and soreness from the experience.
The Next Few Days and Weeks
I continued to feel the gag reflex from the tongue elastic during the next four nights of use. However, the feeling did slowly begin to diminish. I followed the advice in the instruction manual to wear it during waking hours to get used to it more consciously. I started wearing it about the house for about an hour a day. The jaw soreness went away by the third day of use.
I’ve been using the Zyppah for a few weeks now, and the gag reflex problem has gone away.
The makers of the Zyppah must have heard people’s complaints about MADs being unattractive because they’ve made a bit of an effort in that regard. The standard issue is neon green, but you can order it pink or even military camouflage pattern.
The Zyppah has airflow holes in the front so you can breathe while you are wearing it. This is ideal for anyone who has trouble breathing through their nose while they sleep.
Cleaning it has been a breeze. I just use my regular toothbrush and toothpaste and give it a decent scrub every morning when I’m brushing my teeth. The company that makes it does also sell an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal spray.
I could see how that would be easier, just giving it a quick spray. I’ve been making sure to wash it properly as I’m told that can extend the lifespan of the device. The durability is listed as 12 to 24 months.
This product did a great job of eliminating my snoring. From my wife’s perspective, the Zyppah is a miracle. Beyond the jaw soreness that I experienced in the first days, and the gag reflex issues plus a little drooling, the Zyppah worked perfectly.
I feel that it is probably best suited for male snorers, as it seems a bit on the larger side. I think the period of getting used to wearing it might turn some people off the Zyppah too soon. That’s a shame because it did work for me. I’m glad I decided to persevere.
It is a good, sturdy anti-snoring mouthpiece that I would highly recommend to anyone. In particular, if you feel like the tongue is playing a role in your snoring, the Zyppah is the only MAD I found that also had tongue restraining technology.