Nasal dilators

Nasal dilators are anti-snoring devices that are usually designed to be inserted into the nasal passages during sleep. They must be worn during the entire length of the sleep session to benefit the wearer, and are usually made of soft, pliable material… so as not to injure or damage the nose while they are inserted.

How Are Nasal Dilators Meant To Work?

Nasal dilators are meant to open up the nasal passages during sleep by physically expanding them to create more room. This is said to have two primary benefits.

First of all, it is said to help by making it easier to breathe through the nose. This is supposed to help reduce the odds of the wearer suffering from nasal snoring.

How to use nasal dilators

And secondly, they are said to help promote nose breathing over mouth breathing—which can also make a difference for snoring. When you breathe through your mouth during sleep, it can dry out the upper airway, which makes you more susceptible to upper-airway soft palate vibration—the most common cause of snoring.

So wearing nasal dilators is said to help you sleep with your mouth closed more often, thereby keeping the ‘drying out’ of the upper airway from happening as fast or as often.

Do We Believe That Nasal Dilators Can Help?

Yes we do, albeit with some limitations. We like mandibular advancement devices and tongue stabilization devices a little bit better, but we are still pretty happy with how nasal dilators and nose strips work for some people. It is possible that nasal dilators will not help enough to make a difference for some snoring sufferers—but they are also usually inexpensive and pretty easy to try.

What We Like

We like that these devices are less invasive than MADs or TSDs. We also like that they tend to be less expensive, and that they can be practically cosmetically invisible during use. We also like how many different brands, models, and options there are available on the market, and that they usually come in a few different sizes.

What We Dislike

Our biggest dislike of this type of anti-snoring product is that they simply do not work for everyone. We also don’t like how they can sometimes cause a bit of rubbing in the nose, which can, in some cases, result in soreness and/or rawness.

Who Could Benefit From A Product Like This?

The most likely candidates for this type of product would include people who…

  • Want a minimally invasive anti-snoring product
  • Don’t want to spend a ton of money on a snoring remedy
  • Would rather try something less invasive before moving on to MADs or TSDs
  • Feel like mouth breathing is causing them some problems
  • Need an additional product to use in conjunction with other devices

Who Should Avoid Using This Type Of Product?

People under the age of 18 are usually directed to avoid using this type of product, as are people who have sensitive nostrils.

But aside from these restrictions, most other people who suffer from either regular or periodic snoring can (and may want to) try nasal dilators at some point. Just make sure that you read the instructions and warnings on the box before you do, and try to follow them to the best of your ability. You may also want to put your dilators in during the day for a few hours before you sleep, as this can help you to acclimate to how they feel in your nose.

Consumer Reviews Found Online

We’ve read a lot of reviews for many of the nasal dilators on the market today—and by far, the two biggest complaints that we have heard are that…

  1. They simply do not work for everyone
  2. They can tend to cause some soreness on the inside of the nose

But we have also heard of these products working for a lot of people… so the responses definitely vary. We feel that there are certainly worse types of anti-snoring products out there, and that the reviews seem to indicate that nasal dilators are actually quite well received in the marketplace.

Granted, there are many different types, and some are more popular than others. But this is why you should do some research to figure out which type might be more suitable for you.

How Much Should I Spend Buying A Pair Of Nasal Dilators?

Nasal dilators in use

You can expect to spend anywhere from $15 to $30 on a good pair of nasal dilators, though keep in mind that most of the best ones will cost somewhere around $20 (or even less). If you pay more than $30, you are probably either buying in bulk, or overlooking a lot of quality products in lower price brackets.

What Are The Alternatives?

If, for some reason, nasal dilators do not sound like the anti-snoring remedy for you, then nasal strips are probably the next-best, closest thing that you will find as a replacement. In fact, a lot of people prefer nasal strips to nasal dilators because nasal strips do not require you to insert anything into the nasal passages, and some people see this as a better alternative.

With that being said, sometimes neither of these remedies will end up working for some snorers—and more drastic measures will be required. For this, you may want to consider either a mandibular advancement device, or a tongue stabilization device.


At the end of the day, nasal dilators can offer a unique and relatively effective means of ending or reducing a snoring problem—though they are not perfect. They certainly have their downsides, but they also offer a better track record than stop snoring pillows, pills, throat sprays, and other methods similar to these.

If you are in the market for a stop-snoring product and do not wish to use something as invasive as a TSD or MAD, then a pair of nasal dilators may potentially be the perfect option for you.


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