Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is Snorex™?
A. Snorex™ is a customised oral device that has been developed to maximise airflow during sleep for people who snore.
Q. What is the difference between Snorex™ and the devices I can buy on the Internet?
A. Anything you buy off the Internet is going to be a generic fit. The rejection rate for mass produced products is high because they are all the same, while everybody is different. Snorex™ on the other hand is custom made to fit you with the emphasis on your comfort.
Q. What causes snoring?
A. When you sleep the muscles of the jaw and throat relax, allowing the jaw to drop back and narrow the airway at the back of the throat. The narrow airway acts like the pipe in an organ, the air speeds up and vibrates causing snoring.
Q. Why do I snore sometimes but not at others?
A. The conditions which allow the muscles of the jaw and throat to relax are not always consistent. Alcohol, physical work, stress or sickness can trigger those conditions.
Q. Why is it that as I have got older my snoring seems to have got worse?
A. When we first start snoring we may be fairly young but it can start at any age. Generally, as we get older the muscles lose their firmness and tone. In the neck, throat and jaw, that allows the jaw to drop more and make the airway even narrower. Also as we age we tend to put on weight around the neck.
Q. Does losing weight and doing more exercise help stop snoring?
A. Very fit people snore. Carrying excess weight and not exercising are not the cause of snoring, but they will make things worse. Losing weight and doing more exercise are good for you and may help in the short term, but is not the long term solution.
Q. I have been told that I stop breathing for a few seconds then start snoring again with a grunt and a splutter. What is happening?
A. What you describe is called 'sleep apnoea'. In its commonest form the airway closes off briefly as you inhale. You struggle to regain your breath for a few seconds. Then with a grunt you start breathing again. When this happens often it has serious consequences for the snorer. Reduced oxygen levels in the blood affect the heart and brain. The struggle to regain our breath starts off an automatic response that disrupts the natural sleep patterns and over time leaves us sleep deprived.
Q. What about surgery?
You will need to talk to your Doctor or an Ear Nose and Throat specialist about that option. (I have supplied SNOREX™ to Doctors because they know what the surgery involves)
Q. I have heard about a machine called a CPAP what do they do?
These machines were originally developed for people with severe breathing difficulties. It quickly became clear they stop snoring as well. For some users they are literally a life saver. They have a place, but for many users they are bulky and inconvenient. Just about every week I get a call from a person who is using one for no other reason than to stop snoring and they would like to use something a bit more convenient.
Q. How does SNOREX™ work?
A. SNOREX holds the lower jaw closed and forward while you sleep, this keeps the airway open, and permits the air to flow slowly so snoring does not start.
Q. Can I breathe through my mouth when using my SNOREX™?
A. Yes. your SNOREX™ is made with an aperture in the front, so if you have to, you can breathe through it. Once you have used the SNOREX™ the size of the aperture can be altered should you prefer a different size. It is an adjustment covered by the guarantee*.
Q. Will my mouth dry out?
A. Habitual mouthbreathing does dry out the mouth. The presence of the SNOREX™ stimulates saliva flow, keeping your mouth moist.
Q. Will my mouth stay closed with SNOREX™ in?
A. Mostly yes. Each Snorex is made individually with a special high-pressure press, as a result a natural suction causes it to clings to the teeth keeping the mouth closed. However, some people are in such a habit of opening their mouth that for a brief while they may have to use a denture adhesive to train themselves to keep their mouth closed.
Q. Does the SNOREX make me breathe through my nose?
A. With a SNOREX™ you can breathe though your mouth or your nose, as you prefer. Many people report that wearing the SNOREX™ helps them to breathe more through the nose.
Q. Is the plastic safe and can I choke on it?
A. Yes it is safe. It is made from a dental grade plastic that is specifically intended for use in the mouth and is perfectly safe to use. The SNOREX™ cannot choke you.
Q. Is the SNOREX™ comfortable?
A. Yes, it is comfortable, if a little strange at first. Comfort is important, so if you notice any high spots that irritate, they will be polished off free of charge during the first year.
Q. How successful is the SNOREX™ and is it guaranteed?
A. The SNOREX™ has a success rate of 95-98%. But some snorers have complications that prevent the SNOREX™ from being fully effective. In that unlikely event, you are covered by my guarantee. As people are different individual experience may vary. My money back guarantee has some simple terms and conditions; that the SNOREX™ is used as directed and that we explore all possible adjustments before giving up. The initial setting is based on your comfort and the ability of your jaw muscles, once they have adapted, increments to the position can be made. Any adjustment during the first year is free.
Q. Can I get SNOREX™ from a shop or buy on the Internet?
A. No. SNOREX™ are individually made, ensuring a precise and accurate fit. That is the only way to get something that works, is comfortable and durable.
Q. How long will the SNOREX™ last before I need a new one?
A. A lot will depend on how well it is looked after. In normal use, cared for as reccomended you can expect it to last about five to ten years. However, people have made them last fifteen years and others need to replace them every two years. Major dental work can affect the fit but the SNOREX™ can usually be modified to accommodate the changes.
Q. Where can I get a SNOREX™?
A. Each SNOREX™ is custom made because everyone is different. The reason SNOREX™ is so successful is that each one is made to the users unique characteristics. So it requires a visit to a SNOREX™ specialist. Depending on your location an 'In home appointment' may be available for your convenience.
* As people are different your individual experience may vary slightly. Money back guarantee terms and conditions; that the SNOREX™ is used as directed and that we explore all possible adjustments before giving up. The initial setting is based on your comfort and the ability of your jaw muscles, once they have adapted, increments to the position can be made. Any adjustment during the first year is free.