This product review was uptated on September 2018
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Snoring is known as a vibration in the respiratory area which results in an unpleasant sound caused because of an obstructive area. It is not only an unpleasant sound that makes your loved one to elbow you crashing your ribs because he or she cannot sleep, it is much more than that. Snoring causes sleep deprivation, this is the reason why it needs to be treated. It is bad for your health because your sleeping cycle is not constant.
Besides you cannot fully rest, snoring makes your body to struggle to get some oxygen because of this airway obstruction. So, by using an effective anti-snoring product as MADs and TSDs your sleep quality will improve and so will your health.
VitalSleep is an oral appliance, this means that when inserted in your mouth it will keep your airway unblocked while you sleep thus preventing snoring sounds. Most Mandibular Advancement Devices will not allow you to adjust the position of your jaw, but VitalSleep will. It comes with a tool designed to tweak the position in which you want your jaw to be held.
The material used to produce VitalSleepis thermoplastic. It is also BPA free and latex free so allergic people will have no problem using this mouth piece. Besides, it is in the small group of oral appliances that come in different sizes. They recommend the small size for women and the large size for men. Having two sizes is definitely an outstanding feature as the one-size-fits-all rule used in most MADs is not always applicable.
However, it is made in thermoplastic and to use it you have to mold it first, if you unpack it and place it in your mouth you will feel it terribly uncomfortable. You can achieve a perfect custom fit by doing the boil and bite method.
It also has an air hole in the front, which is very important to distribute oxygen correctly. Not all oral appliances have these holes to allow the proper flow of oxygen so this is also a very important feature. VitalSleep has been classified as a Class II anti-snoring product. It was also cleared by the FDA on January 2010 (FDA-510 (K) Number K092942.
I know that the boil and bite method may sound scary and complicated, but it is actually pretty easy. In fact, it is the most used method for molding mouth pieces because its high level of fitting. It will take you less than five minutes, believe me, it is really simple. Then all you have to do is adjust it with the hex tool included in the package.
Below you will find some easy steps to mold your VitalSleep, you need a pot of water, a bowl and a timer (or clock). However, before molding it you have to make sure that both trays of the mouth piece are directly on top of each other and correctly aligned. You can use the hex tool to help them to be lined up. There is kind of an indicator mark on both sides that will help you to adjust it. Any doubt regarding repositioning will be solved by looking at these marks.
- First, you have to find the little opening which is the rear part of the mouthpiece. Now, insert the handle included in the package in the small opening. If it does not go in, you might be using the handle upside down.
- Boil water in a small pot. When it starts boiling, retire it from the fire.
- Submerge VitalSleep with help of the handle for only 10 seconds. Time is of essence, so follow rules strictly or otherwise you will spoil the product. Most products using the boil and bite method need to be submerged a minute or so. Well, this is not the case of VitalSleep, only submerge it for 10 seconds.
- Remove the appliance from the water and locate the upper tray (there is a triangle stamped inside)
- Insert VitalSleep in your mouth (the triangle has to touch your upper jaw) and bite for about 15 seconds.
- Remove it from your mouth. Cool it using cold water from the faucet for 30 seconds.
- Remove the handle and try it to see if it fits correctly in your mouth. If it does not, you can repeat the process once more.
- Use the tool to adjust the lower tray. I used mine passing the halfway point.
It comes with instructions anyway, so read them thoroughly before doing it. It is simple but you only have two chances. I have never had to re-mold any of my mouth pieces though.
I always mold and adjust my new mouth pieces when they just arrive. By doing this when I have to go to bed everything is already prepared to be used.
I placed it inside my mouth and I fell asleep really fast because I remember being tired. My ribs were not crashed during the night and to be honest with you, I did not wake up during the night at all. I woke up fully rested, I felt really refreshed.
My jaw was terrible sore though. But I knew this was going to happen. Every time I am testing a new oral appliance my jaw is sore for the first few days. I think that for being the first day, I might have adjusted the lower tray a little too much.
Before using it for the second time, I used the hex tool to adjust my VitalSleep once more. It felt way too much comfortable, but I had my doubts if it would be effective in this new position. It turns out that the second night was just as the first one, no snoring, no wakening up. I woke up feeling refreshed and soreness was not that bad.
I tested VitalSleep for a whole week and soreness was totally gone by day four. It is a really comfortable product, it felt soft and secured. It was easy to breathe too. I really got a good night’s sleep using VitalSleep. I have tosay that I have not drool at all using VitalSleep, which I have using all the other oral appliances. No gum irritation was detected either.
I had a very happy experience using it and a good night’s sleep. It has an excellent design, it is comfortable and effective. You can mold it and you can also adjust it to reposition your jaw at your comfort. The air hole in the front allows you to breathe freely. I have tested a lot of anti-snoring products and several mouth pieces, and VitalSleep is just excellent.
I think you can order it for more than a fair price considering all the features that it includes. You can buy it for $69.95 and the company offers a discount of $109.95 for two.
The company offers a 30 days guarantee. So if you do not like the results, you can return it and get a full refund. Also, they offer free replacements during the first year of use. This means that if you need to replace it, they will send you a new one for free, because shipping is already included. So the area of customer service is really great, you can tell they support their product.
Pros and Cons
My experience using VitalSleep was more than positive. I really enjoyed using it. But just in case, read all the advantages and disadvantages you may find using this product:
- It was cleared by the FDA.
- It has an air hole that enables you to breathe through your mouth.
- It has an adjustable mechanism to achieve a proper jaw positioning.
- It is made in the USA by using medical grade materials.
- Latex and BPA free.
- It uses the boil and mouth process to achieve a perfect custom fit.
- It is cleaned by using tooth paste and a toothbrush.
- It offers a 30 days guarantee.
- It also offers replacement for a year.
- It is a very affordable product.
- It comes in two different sizes.
- Its lifespan is of 12 months.
- I personally do not like the fact that it is molded around the gum line.
- I would not use it if I were using a denture with partial teeth. Consult your dentist.
- It is not a company accredited by the BBB.
- If you want to return the product, shipping will not be refundable.
- It has crevices, so you have to be careful with bacteria.
Jaw soreness is a common complaint among MAD users. You have to give your mouth a time to get used to a device pressing your jaw. Soreness is completely normal. Users of VitalSleep have also claimed getting a full night’s sleep and feeling more energetic.
You will also get other benefits connected to a good sleep quality. Most people who have used this product reported having a positive outlook and to be in a better mood.
Most complaints regarding VitalSleep are about its crevices, which is understandable because it means that you will have to spend a few extra minutes cleaning thoroughly if you want it to last a full year.
If you are anything like me, you pay attention to all labels, so clinical studies are important before making a buying a decision. Most mouth pieces used to prevent snoring are not clinically tested before being released in the market. These are expensive tests, so manufacturers try to avoid it relying on test underwent by similar products.
VitalSleep was not clinically tested, but it is in fact quite similar to other anti-snoring products. For example, The Department of Thoracic Medicine tested a product just like VitalSleep and it was proven to have 85% of effectiveness.
This device is definitely better and it is very different from any other on the market. Most of all the anti-snoring products are ordinary mouth pieces, without jaw repositioning or without even a decent air hole, so if you decide to buy this product I really think it will be s smart choice.
Besides it offers two other very important features to mouth pieces users. Firstly, it comes in two different sizes, small and large. This is a feature very hard to find in common oral appliances. Secondly, you will be able to adjust the lower tray, which results in absolute comfort. It also has an air hole that will allow mouth breathers to use it without any risks.
If you buy two, you will buy the product for only $30, which makes VitalSleep a very affordable product. It is actually very cheap for being an adjustable mouth piece. Remember that the company not only offers a 30 days guarantee, they also offer free replacements for a whole year, whatever your reason is.
What Should I Do?
I had a positive experience. I recommend VitalSleep because it is comfortable, adjustable, effective and affordable. However, something that may be effective for me may not be effective for you. You know what may be the factors that cause your snoring issues, so you are the best person to answer the question above. If you already have tried MADs before and you had a positive experience, I am sure you will like using VitalSleep.