You may not have noticed this, but Zyppah is ‘Happy Z’ spelled backward! It is a snoring mouthpiece which was designed by a U.S. dentist and is a mandibular advancement device (a MAD) which holds the lower jaw and tongue forward, creating much more room for breathing which prevents snoring.
I had used this device before and wanted to give it another go after seeing some rave reviews online. Typically, I use the SnoreRx which works great, but I wanted to move on to something different.
The Zyppah really is an interesting device; although its application and use are straightforward, there are pros and cons.
How is Zyppah Different?
The first thing you are likely to notice with Zyppah is the strikingly different mouthpiece which is not like any other product currently available on the market. Its unique shape and vibrant colors make for an exciting product which is stylish and fashionable. Although color may be the last thing you may be concerned about when it comes to an anti-snoring device, it is good to see that its manufacturers understand the importance of design.
Zyppah also combines two different snoring device methods. Not only does the Zyppah re-position your lower jaw, but it also stabilizes your tongue, preventing it from falling back and causing snoring. Although most single-method anti-snoring devices work well, the combination of these two methods means the Zyppah is virtually guaranteed to eliminate snoring problems and improve your sleep.
Fitting the Zyppah
Using aptly named “boil and bite” technology, Zyppah finds the best possible fit for your jaw and teeth. Although this sounds somewhat complex, it only takes a few minutes for the Zyppah device to fit to your jaw and be ready.
To fit the Zyppah, you will need to boil it in some water for around one minute, no longer. Bring a pot of water to the boil on a stove and drop the Zyppah in. After a minute has passed, carefully remove it and allow it to cool (so you don’t burn yourself) and then place the device into your mouth.
Zyppah’s materials go softer when they are exposed to a higher temperature, enabling the device to be adjusted and fit your jaw and teeth. When the device finally fits snugly, and you are happy, remove it and allow it to cool completely so that it can re-harden.
Here is a quick step-by-step guide if you are still not certain:
- Rinse the Zyppah and place it in your mouth to get an initial feel for it.
- On the stove, boil a pot of water and use tongs to submerge the Zyppah in the boiling water for one minute. You will need to hold it down because the plastic will float.
- Remove the Zyppah after one minute and allow it to cool for around 30 seconds. Place the Zyppah in your mouth and align it properly with your teeth.
- Bite down on the Zyppah mouthpiece, holding your teeth in place for one minute. It is very important to keep biting down on it, as this will enable the Zyppah to fit your teeth.
- Remove the Zyppah and allow it to cool so it can re-harden. If you want, you can place it in a bowl of ice-cold water, so it cools down a lot quicker. This way, you can test it out and see if it fits correctly.
Zyppah’s Pros and Cons
The packaging is nice, and the product arrived quickly with easy to understand instructions. The Zyppah is an interesting hybrid design which both holds the jaw forward and keeps the tongue stationary, completely preventing snoring. It is an American-made and FDA-approved device which is endorsed by the Better Business Bureau. Overall, the design is very comfortable, and it is made from materials which do not include BPA; even the rubber piece which slips across the tongue is comfortable. Zyppah’s fitting process allows you to get only a precise fit and it can be completed in less than five minutes. Also, the Zyppah includes an airflow hole which enables effortless breathing while you sleep, and there is even a 30-day money back guarantee.
There are a few cons. The process of fitting Zyppah to your mouth can be a little fiddly and is more specific than other devices. Also, like with most anti-snoring devices, it can cause soreness in the jaw and drooling while you are still getting used to it. It also cannot be worn by people who have dentures, crowns or bridgework or have loose teeth. The Zyppah also makes swallowing quite tricky, so you drool excessively while wearing the device.
The company has redesigned their website, and parts of the site aren’t working, the online coupon codes don’t work, and the pink and camouflage colors are no longer available.
It is also expensive. With shipping and tax, it cost me $117 which is a lot of money for a small silicon mouthpiece without any additional features or adjustability.
What Causes Snoring?
Sleep apnea and snoring are, in general, considered to be conditions which predominately affect men. It is widely known that most men snore, but women can be affected too!
Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft palate (the soft part at the top of your mouth) as the lungs strain and inhale oxygen through airways which are obstructed or partially obstructed. Snoring typically occurs when the muscles which keep the airway open become too relaxed and excess tissue accumulates nearby, causing an obstruction.
There are many things which can contribute to snoring’s effects, including substances which promote muscle reaction or a build-up of fatty tissue such as alcohol, being overweight, sleeping on an overly soft or large pillow and taking sedating medications such as sleeping pills.
Snoring can also be caused by deformities of the nasal passage or throat. Children are not safe from snoring either, with the major cause of childhood snoring being enlarged tonsils.
Personally, I prefer the SnoreRx.
The fact that Zyppah contains two methods of snoring prevention is stylishly designed and is very easy to fit to your mouth makes it a top choice for an anti-snoring device for some people. The user reviews are all positive, but the professional reviews are unfavorable.
The Zyppah is one of the leading anti-snoring devices on the market today, and it is easy to see why. It eliminates snoring completely by combining both tongue stabilization and jaw positioning resulting in a better night’s sleep.