Nasal dilators are not a new anti-snoring solution, but they may be one that you have never heard of before. There are a couple types of devices that fixate onto the nose to help stop snoring – nasal dilators or nasal strips. It is important to choose the right one that fits your specific needs.
A Closer Look
Nasal dilators are tiny devices that can be made from either metal, plastic or rubber and fit directly into your nostril and (hopefully) stay in place the entire night to help your breathing.
If the sizing is correct, there should not be any type of uncomfortable feeling in the nose.
One huge advantage for me personally is there is no jaw pain during the adjustment period as you typically get with appliances you place in your mouth for the entire night.
Breathe More Snore Less
The science behind these types of products is how they widen your nostrils and keep them open for air to flow freely. If your nostrils constrict in the same way your throat collapses during sleep – you can imagine how breathing through them will be difficult.
This restricted airspace is what causes the snoring noise, and more importantly other health issues such as exhaustion during the day. The Rhinomed mute nasal dilators will keep the nostrils open and theoretically stop you from snoring.
Specifications and Company
The Rhinomed mute nasal dilator comes in 3 different sizes. Everyone has different sized nostrils, so the product gives you different options and remarkably, like other anti-snoring devices, these are micro adjustable as well. I have never seen this kind of custom fitting or fine-tuning for a nasal device before.
The company is headquartered in Melbourne, Australia and is a medical technology company with other product as well, such as a nasal device for athletes which was created to help breathe easier during exercise.
In 2014 Rhinomed mute had successfully accomplished becoming FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved, as well as acceptance into CE Mark (European Authority) and TGA (Australian Therapeutic Goods Associations.
I prefer products that are accepted by the FDA (and other international organizations where applicable) since they must pass rigorous testing to become approved.
They also state on their website that the products have gone through clinical testing before being put onto market. For example, they are currently testing a product for sleep apnea in a pilot study which is yet to be released to the public.
How is it Different?
Today, there is a wide variety of anti-snoring solutions available. In the category of anti-snoring solutions for the nose, there are two – nasal dilators and nasal strips.
Nasal dilators are inserted into the nose to widen the nostrils, whereas nasal strips are applied on the outside to widen the nostrils. In my experience, I have found nasal dilators to be a better solution.
Another nasal dilator product is the Sleep Right Nasal Breathe Aid. They are very similar when it comes to function and appearance. Depending on if you prefer to wear a device on the outside or the inside, personally, I prefer the inside as it is more secure throughout the night.
After researching which size I should purchase for myself, I decided to go with the medium one. After placing the order, it arrived relatively quickly to my home and was packaged very nicely. Not loose, or in simply a plastic bag like other products I have ordered, and it also came with a nice booklet with instructions.
After reading the instructions, which I highly recommend doing it’s not as easy as you would think it is to use the Rhinomed, I inserted the piece into my nose with the help of my bathroom mirror. It felt like it was in place well and according to the step by step instructions and image looked that way also.
I felt like I had slept well throughout the night, and when I woke up, the Rhinomed was still in place as how I left it. It did not slip out as other nasal dilators I have tried did. My snoring app and my wife had a different opinion, however.
My app said I snored during the night, and this was confirmed by my wife. It must not have been a lot because I did not feel exhausted or overly tired as I do when I use nothing at all.
I continued to use it for the rest of the week, and while I found it was a great relief to not have to worry about jaw pain, drooling, or facial pressure; the main issue was it did not work as great as I had expected and cleaning it every single day was more annoying than I thought it would be.
Reviews are right down the middle. Some users were very excited to say that the nose snoring device worked better than strips to help them stop snoring. I have also read other users say they are very irritating to wear.
Users that were indifferent about it (were not happy one way or the other), basically said that they fell out easily, but when they stayed in, they worked. I think these users might have purchased the wrong size and not adjusted them properly when using them.
You can purchase the Rhinomed MUTE on Amazon.
Price and Warranty
The different sizes are all priced the same, and the trial pack contains all three sizes, so you can figure out which one you will need to purchase long term.
I went straight for medium, you might want to try the trial pack first if you are new to testing nasal dilators or snoring products in general.
The trial pack can be bought for 14.99, and the small, medium, and large sizes can all be purchased for $21.95.
Each pack contains three units, which will last for a total of 30 days all together.
I could not find any information on a money back guarantee or warranty. However, if these are like other nasal products, there usually is not a warranty or guarantee for the others I have tested.
Pros and Cons
- Different sizes to fit different nostrils.
- Not very noticeable as opposed to when you are wearing a mouthpiece.
- Did work for reducing my snoring.
- Tiny, very easy to travel with and store.
- Did not work as well as expected, heavy snorers might not notice much help.
- Daily maintenance was too difficult.
- Very expensive when calculating yearly costs.
- Could possibly be uncomfortable to wear.
I thought they were an effective nasal dilator and helped reduce my snoring.
I am not a heavy to severe snorer though. I think these will work well for mild to moderate snorers. As usual with these ‘alternative’ products, I recommend using a MAD or TSD to really tackle your snoring issues.
These are much more effective for hardcore snoring issues.
My Rating: 3.5
Which Product Should I Buy?
With well over 100 products on the market it can obviously be quite daunting to decide, “Which one?”
To help ease the decision process I have created a comparison chart where you can effortlessly assess each product and its features, price, pros and cons. I have also written several detailed reviews for those devices that I believe to be leading products.
If you would rather not spend a lot of time reading reviews, please take a look at the article linked here: My Mouthpiece Recommendation. It’s a list of three products which I believe, based on my extensive experience, are the best options available to people who suffer from snoring.