Appliances and Dilators


If you have a history of nasal obstruction stemming from any of the branches of CAID, you can try this low-cost solution: a nasal dilator. These breathing strips are sold over the counter and do not require a prescription. The strip is placed on the outside of the nose, helping the narrowest part of the airway dilate. The breathing strips create a tent, widening the nasal valve, thereby opening the nostrils and the nasal valve area so that the air passage is widened. There are also other types of nasal dilators that are inserted into the nostrils that achieve the same effect.

Oral sleeping devices can also be helpful. These appliances move the lower jaw forward, thereby moving the tongue forward, and keeping it away from the airway. As a result, palate vibration will decrease or disappear. Some custom-made oral appliances fit around your teeth, like a mouth guard. This piece can either be made by an oral surgeon or a dentist specializing in prosthetics of this type. These mouth guards are similar to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) devices. As a result, this may also help you stop grinding your teeth, relieving painful nighttime headaches from TMJ.

Other appliances include a chin strap: an elastic strap that goes around the head and chin, forcing the mouth to stay in the correct position and reducing the loudness of snoring. A removable nasal stent can also be placed inside the nose to open the airway down to the throat. The stent is inserted just before you go to bed.

Any of these tools can provide some relief, depending on your particular case. Unfortunately these appliances cannot cure your snoring problem; they can only place you in a better position so that you do not snore. It’s also important to remember that for any of these appliances to work, you must use them faithfully. As soon as you stop, you will begin to snore again.

Aside from these tools, I also recommend using nasal irrigation just before going to bed. You can use a spray bottle, a neti pot or a nasal irrigator, as outlined in category 4. I also recommend breathing steam from a humidifier or vaporizer, or taking a long shower before you go to sleep. All of these techniques will keep the nasal passageways moist and clean.

Last, if you find that your congestion is worse at night, sleeping on two or more pillows, or raising the head of your bed by placing blocks under the legs can be helpful in decreasing the swelling in your nose associated with lying down.

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