Whenever a serious case of snoring occurs, the temptation is to look to a cause in dietary factors. While a restriction in the nasal-valve area is probably the most common of the factors causing snoring, I am convinced that 90% of people who snore have more than one problem causing their snoring; they must identify their particular problem(s) with the help of an ENT doctor (ear, nose and throat), and when treated, there is a good chance they can end or reduce their snoring.
Schonhofer et al. 26 calculated the snoring index from the number of intervals between two snores that were greater than 11 seconds but less than 60 seconds in duration, and found no objective improvement but that the majority of bed partners reported a mild reduction in snoring when their spouse used the nasal dilator.
Abstract: A spring-biased nasal molding device for presurgical molding of cleft lip deformities, the device having a V-shaped spring member joined to a pair of intra-nasal shaping members for insertion in a nostril, and having an extra-nasal shaping member to be positioned external to the nostril connected to each intra-nasal shaping member, wherein the intra-nasal and extra-nasal shaping members are brought together by the spring member to mold the nasal anatomy into the desired shape.
CONCLUSION: The use of nasal dilator strips had a much smaller effect on the severity of obstructive sleep apnea in patients with acromegaly and moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea in comparison to the use of continuous positive airway pressure.
33. A Nasal Dilator as defined in claim 31; and said non-adhesive segment comprising at least one thin semi-rigid piece attached to said nasal strip between said two end-adhesive segments, to determine the portion of the outer nostril walls subjected to said end-adhesive segments.
6. A nasal dilator comprising in combination; a UV-spring having a central portion and two leg-portions including contact portions at the ends thereof for insertion in the nasal opening formed by the nostril walls and acting on the inner surfaces thereof for increasing said nasal opening to improve the breathing of the wearer; retaining means comprising a flexible nasal strip connected to said UV-spring at the central portion thereof and extending along both of said leg-portions; and said strip including two end adhesive segments, adapted to be pressed onto the outer surfaces of said nostril walls by the wearer to prevent said UV-spring from falling out of said nasal opening.
Patients aged 30 to 60 y were included if they had a previous diagnosis of severe OSA (AHI greater than 30) confirmed by polysomnography (PSG) and diurnal somnolence (Epworth Sleepiness Scale score greater than 9). The exclusion criteria were previous treatment for sleep-disordered breathing; the presence of any other sleep disorders; the presence of previous chronic diseases that were decompensated or untreated; a history of chronic use of alcohol, drugs, or sedatives; and increased risk of motor vehicle or professional accidents.
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Persons, who have a pollen or dust allergy, find effective respiratory support in a nasal dilator with an integrated breathing air filter These nose vents come with a filter that absorbs pollutant particles, such as pollen, dust and smoke and keeps them away from your airways.
One external dilator improved my breathing from 60% of normal to only about 70%, and the strong adhesive force irratated my skin which became red after only a few days of use; these characteristics are inherent in all external dilators, to be discussed.