If you’re someone who suffers from nasal blockage at night, it’s likely that you’ve heard of snoring strips. They are marketed as an over-the-counter remedy that offers immediate relief from snoring by clearing your nasal passages, allowing you to breathe.
At South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center, we’ve had countless patients come to us and ask the question “Do snoring strips work?” Unfortunately, the short answer is, no. The good news, however, is that there are effective alternatives, many of which are offered at South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center.
Let’s take a look at why snoring strips aren’t all they are cracked up to be, and how Dr. Mandel can provide you with real relief.
Snoring: Causes And Concerns
Everyone knows the sound of a snore. Not everyone knows what’s causing it. Knowing why snoring occurs will help make it clear why snoring strips can’t and don’t work quite as advertised.
Snoring occurs when airflow through your mouth and nose is partially or fully blocked during sleep. This blockage results in noisy and often disruptive gasping and wheezing. While little more than a nuisance in moderation, chronic snoring can disrupt sleeping patterns and may be an indication of other health issues, such as obstructive sleep apnea.
Snoring can be caused by:
The anatomical structure of your nose and mouth, as determined by your genetic coding, can innately obstruct the flow of air.
Alcohol is a muscle relaxant and can cause the muscles in your breathing airways to slacken and vibrate during sleep.
Sinus infections, allergies, sleep apnea, and nasal polyps can also create congestion that leads to snoring.
Overweight individuals are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea and experience disruptive snoring patterns.
So Do Snoring Strips Work?
Do snoring strips work?
As we shared before, the answer is not really. This is because, in short, these band-aid-like strips and dilators can provide short-term, temporary relief, but there is no substantial evidence to indicate that they accomplish anything more.
While they may provide you a decent night’s sleep here and there, and can even be useful against acute congestion stemming from a cold or flu, they do not get to the root of issues that cause chronic snoring and the long-term sleep disruptions that come with it.
In short, when it comes to chronic snoring, they may deal somewhat with the sound, but they won’t treat the obstruction creating it.
Real Treatment Options
Knowing that nasal strips are inadequate, Dr. Mandel of South Florida Sinus and Allergy Center set about devising and providing an alternative treatment focused on long-term relief. It’s known as palatal stiffening, and can be achieved via a minimally invasive nasal procedure that utilizes a precision laser to correct the obstruction. All in all, the procedure can be completed in as little as 3 minutes.
Get the Sleep You Deserve. Visit Dr. Mandel Today
With South Florida Sinus And Allergy Center on your side, there’s no reason to wait for your snoring to just go away. Dr. Mandel knows what’s good for providing long-lasting relief, and can recommend a treatment tailor-made for you. Call to make an appointment today at 954-983-1211, or book online.