Breathe Right nasal strips represent an anti-snoring solution that successfully alleviates snoring caused by nasal airway blockages. These flexible bands are applied just above the flares of the nostrils and they work by gently lifting the sides of your nose, thus allowing air to flow freely through the nasal passages. Due to their effectiveness, snorers often ask whether they could be of use in treating obstructive sleep apnea. Here is a simple answer to this question.
Can You Use Breathe Right Instead Of A CPAP Machine?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical condition characterized by breathing cessation during sleep. It is caused by an intermittent relaxation of the throat muscles, which results in oral airway blockages. Snoring is one of the main symptoms of this condition. Most often, people who suffer from sleep apnea need to use a CPAP machine, which keeps the airways open throughout sleep. Milder forms of the condition can be treated with the use of mandibular advancement devices, but only with a doctor’s approval.
Breathe Right nasal strips are an excellent solution for nasal-based snoring, but they do not prevent oral airflow blockages. Therefore, they cannot be used as a replacement for a CPAP machine or a mandibular advancement device and they are not a valid option for treating obstructive sleep apnea.
However, if you also suffer from nasal-based snoring, there is no reason why you could not use Breathe Right alongside a CPAP machine or a mandibular advancement device. That being said, we have to emphasize that one can never be too cautious when it comes to medical conditions like obstructive sleep apnea. We advise you to talk to your doctor before using any anti-snoring solution, including Breathe Right.