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Nasal Dilator

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by a pause in breathing. Similarly, many people with sleep-breathing problems already sleep on their sides or stomachs already for the following reasons: Due to various degrees of jaw narrowing, the tongue and voice box (which grow to their normal size), takes up too much space inside the mouth.
Abstract: A nasal dilator capable of introducing separating forces in the nasal outer wall tissue, has a resilient member, and a pair of spaced-apart end surfaces which can be forced toward one another from an initial flat position of the dilator to thereby substantially reduce the direct spacing therebetween by an external spacing reducing force.

Abstract: A nasal breathing assist device includes one or two open-ended tubular elements each extending along a central tube axis between a relatively large first end and a relatively small second end, and at least one non-resilient tab extends from the first end toward the second end of the tubular element.
30. A nose dilator defined in claim 29: and said UV-spring comprising substantially flat spring material prebent into a UV-shape in its free position; and centering means comprising, an aperture at the center of said nasal strip, and projecting means at the center of said UV-spring disposed to enter said aperture, for enabling the wearer to readily align said center of said nasal strip with said center of said UV-spring when installing each new nasal strip.

The treatments were based on normal breathing, use of an END (Respir+®; Kentia Diffusion; Boulogne, France), an internal nasal dilator (Nozovent; Prevancure; Ste Pouret, Paris, France), and 0.05% of nasal decongestant (tymazoline hydrochloride; Pernazene; Synthelabo; le Plessis-Robinson, France).
Thomas et al 13 stated in 1998 that such devices were first used in American football players, making up for the mouth guard the athletes had to use, which makes it difficult to breathe through the mouth and, consequently, makes nasal breathing even more important during exercise.
1 and 2 by way of illustration, the dilator of the present invention includes spreading means comprising a thin U or V-shaped spring 1 preferably made of thin flat spring material (hereinafter referred to as a UV-spring, or just spring”) having leg-portion 2 with contact-portions (or tab portions) 3 or 3 a at the ends of the spring and adapted to be inserted inside the nostrils of the user free of contact with the septum to increase the nasal-openings.

Based on the findings of a single study ( 12 ), it has been suggested that nasal strips can help an athlete do the same amount of exercise using less energy” ( 8 ). The rationale is that if airway resistance is reduced, then respiration is easier; thus, the metabolic cost of ventilation is lower.
The dilator illustrated herein comprises a thin U or V-shaped member, preferably a spring (hereinafter referred to as UV-spring); the preferred forms of the invention include thin pads at each spring-end for soft contact on the nasal surfaces when the two spring-ends are inserted, each in one of the two nostrils to expand the nasal opening.

Apnea was defined as the complete cessation of airflow for at least 10 seconds and associated with an oxygen desaturation of 3%. Hypopnea was defined as a significant reduction (>50%) in respiratory signals for at least 10 seconds and associated with an oxygen desaturation of 3%. The apnea–hypopnea index (AHI) value was calculated as the total number of respiratory events (apneas plus hypopneas) per hours of sleep (14).
For snorers who breathe through the mouth even though the nasal passage is open and cannot correct this condition, then as a last resort, a direct solution for mouth-breathing is better than nothing—at least the noise and energy-loss are often eliminated.

10. A nasal dilator as defined in claim 6; and said retaining means including a single flexible non-adhesive segment between said two end-adhesive segments and extending about equal distances from said connection of said strip with said spring at said central portion thereof; and clamping means including a clamp-piece to secure said non-adhesive segment between said UV-spring and said clamp-piece at said central portion of said UV-spring, for enabling the wearer to install said leg-portions of said spring in said nasal opening without the wearer's fingers contacting said end-adhesive segments and to maintain alignment of said strip with said UV-spring.

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