Please find Snore Owl fitting instructions below; or alternatively you may download and print a PDF file here.
The Snore Owl is proven, patented technology. Wear it in your mouth as you sleep, and it may reduce or eliminate your snoring. The Snore Owl may be fit and used in the security of your home by simply warming it and following these easy steps. To fit your appliance, have the following ready:
- A microwave-proof deep bowl with one cup of water
OR a glass bowl and some boiling water.
- A timer, such as a watch with a second hand.
- Spoon or tongs.
For best fitting results, read and follow the instructions before and during custom fitting of the Snore Owl. These instructions contain important information regarding the safety and effectiveness of this product.
Use of device may cause one or more of the following conditions:
- Tooth movement or changes in dental occlusion.
- Gum/ Gingival or dental soreness.
- Pain or soreness to the temporomandibular joint.
- Obstruction of oral breathing.
- Excessive salivation.
This appliance should not be worn if:
- You have any of the following conditions: sleep apnea; severe respiratory disorders; loose or unstable pieces of dental work; temporary placed crowns or bridges; full upper and/or lower dentures; loose or ill-fitting partial dentures, braces or a retainer, or other dental implants.
- You have a history of asthma, breathing, or respiratory disorders, or other relevant health problems. Please discuss the use of this device with your healthcare professional prior to using the device.
- You experience clicking of the jaw and/or have been diagnosed with temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ).
- You are under 21 years of age.
KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA
The Snore Owl is intended for use only as an aid for the reduction or elimination of snoring. Snoring occurs when the soft tissue in your throat and upper airway vibrates, making the sounds we know as snoring. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the soft tissue in your throat collapses and prevents air from getting to the lungs. Loud snoring may be a symptom of OSA. OSA can be a life threatening condition. If you “wake yourself up” from snoring or if you have ever been told that you stop breathing in your sleep you may suffer from this condition. Family members or bed partners are often the first to suspect that something is wrong, typically noticing the heavy snoring and apparent struggle to breathe. Coworkers or friends may notice the individual falling asleep during the day, perhaps while driving or in meetings. The person with OSA often is unaware of the problem.
It is important that you are aware of the signs and symptoms of OSA and discuss this condition with your doctor if you think you have sleep apnea. Educational information on “What is OSA” can be found at: http://www.lung.ca/sleepapnea/ There you will find information on symptoms and next steps if you think you have OSA.
Custom Fitting Instructions
The Snore Owl has two parts. The top tray has a stylus pin. The pin fits into a slot in the bottom tray. The trays are made of dental-grade thermoplastic material that will be molded by you to customize your device.
Before you begin to fit the Snore Owl
1. Practice lining up the trays of the Snore Owl.
- Place the stylus pin into the first slot of the bottom tray. Line up the top and bottom tray by centering the stylus pin in the slot. Now practice taking the Snore Owl apart. Rotate the trays 90 degrees from each other to release the stylus pin from the bottom tray and allow the two trays to be taken apart. Practice this several times because you will do it again when customizing the Snore Owl for your use.
- It may be helpful to see yourself in a mirror as you practice fitting the Snore Owl.
NOTE: It is recommended that you wet the device before practicing your fit.
2. Practice positioning the top tray in your mouth.
- Take the top tray and place it in your mouth with the soft side against your top teeth.
- Use the fitting fork to properly place the top tray in your mouth.
- Adjust the tray so that the stylus pin lines up with the center of your front teeth; this is the proper fitting position. Remove the top tray.
3. Practice positioning the bottom tray in your mouth.
- Take the bottom tray and place it in your mouth with the soft side against your bottom teeth.
- Line up the center of the slot to the center of your bottom teeth; this is the proper fitting position.
- Remove the bottom tray.
4. Practice lining up your teeth by watching yourself bite in a mirror.
- Line up your top and bottom front teeth in an end-to-end position, so they touch in the front – if this is your natural bite position then this will be the position in which you will bite. If your lower front teeth are positioned behind your upper front teeth then you will bring your lower jaw forward.
- The end-to-end bite position is the proper position for customizing the Snore Owl.
Softening the top and bottom trays
There are two ways to soften trays of the Snore Owl: heating the trays in boiling water or microwaving the trays in water. We recommend that you follow the instructions using boiling water; however the microwave method will produce a similar quality fit. Please choose the heating method that you are most comfortable with. Please use caution when handling the BOILING water – burn or injury may result.
IMPORTANT NOTE – HEATING METHOD – DO NOT heat the trays at the same time. Following the instructions below, heat and fit the top tray; then heat and fit the bottom tray.
NOTE: The softened material may stick to the spoon or tongs when removing from the water. Any displaced material can be reformed during the fitting process.
WARNING: The top (or bottom) tray should be cool enough to comfortably touch with your fingers before placing it into your mouth.
|Fitting the Top Tray||Fitting the Bottom Tray|
NOTE: While fitting the bottom tray, material from one tray may become stuck to the other tray, limiting side-to-side movement. You may need to trim off any excess material with a pair of sharp scissors. Place either the top or bottom tray back into the hot water for 10 seconds to soften this material for ease of cutting. Any edges left from the trimming may be smoothed with a wet finger while the material is warm.
CHECKING THE FIT
- With the trays disassembled, place the molded top and bottom trays into the hot water for 15 seconds. Assemble the trays. Position the device in your mouth using the impressions created from fitting the trays. Suck in your cheeks against the device. Massage your cheeks to form fit the material to the gums and arches. After one minute, remove the device. You may repeat this process at any time to increase the retention of the device.
- Ensure that the device allows for side to side movement of the jaw.
- Ensure that all of the device settings are comfortable. If all of settings of the device are not comfortable, begin the fitting process again.
BEFORE EACH USE
- Inspect the top and bottom trays, and replace if torn or broken. Never use a broken or torn tray.
- Wet the device before inserting into the mouth. Do not insert into the mouth dry.
USING THE SNORE OWL – HELPFUL TIPS
- Prior to use, read and follow the instructions for Before Each Use and Cleaning of the device.
NOTE: The two slots in the bottom tray of the device are used for different settings of the bottom jaw.
- The following guidance should be used to properly select the setting that is right for you:
- During the first week of wear use the outermost slot of the device.
- Self assess, or have your bed partner assess, your snoring. If your snoring does not subside move the stylus to the second slot. Wear the device on the second slot for a week.
- Once again self assess, or have your sleeping or bed partner assess, your snoring. If your snoring still does not subside, discontinue use.
- You may notice that your teeth do not appear to return to your normal bite when you remove the Snore Owl in the morning. This normally resolves within the first few hours of the day. We recommend that you incorporate the following bite exercise into your morning routine:
- Place the fitting fork–without the device–into your mouth.
- With the fork between your upper and lower teeth, slide your jaw back as far as comfortably possible.
- Bite firmly and hold for twenty seconds, release for fifteen seconds. Repeat this exercise three times.
WARNING: If your snoring worsens or you experience any of the symptoms noted in the Warnings or Contraindications section of this guide, discontinue use and seek medical attention – you may have OSA.
1. After each use, disassemble your device by uncoupling the top and bottom trays by positioning them at a 90 degree angle to each other.
2. Clean the top and bottom trays with a toothbrush and toothpaste.
3. Rinse the tray thoroughly and air dry. Store in the container provided.
CAUTION: Do not use household cleaners, bleach, baking soda or mouth wash solutions to clean the device, as this may damage the device.
CAUTION: Soak the device in a denture cleaner once each week to remove build-up that may form on the device. Follow the instructions for use included with the denture cleaner.
OPERATING AND STORAGE CONDITIONS
Operating Conditions: 41 to 104oF (5 to 40oC)/ 5 to 95%RH Storage Conditions: -4 to 140oF (-20 to +60oC)/ 15 to 95%RH
“Note: Black Plastic Container – the black case for your Snore Owl is sized to be as small as practical for ease of travel. To fit the Snore Owl into the case disconnect the upper and lower trays, then first place the lower tray into the container with the tooth impression side facing up followed by the upper tray, tooth side impression facing up. The lid will now close comfortably.”
WARRANTY – If within thirty (30) days from your purchase of the Snore Owl you are not satisfied, simply return the Snore Owl to your point of purchase for a full refund of your purchase price, less any shipping and handling charges. Company warrants that this device shall be free from defects of workmanship and materials for 90 days from date of purchase. Company will repair or replace, at its option, the defective material or part. This warranty does not cover damage caused by accident, misuse, abuse, alteration, and other defects not related to material or workmanship.
Dispose of in accordance with local regulations.