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  • Published In : Nov 2023
  • Code : CMI6254
  • Pages :150
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  • Industry : Healthcare IT

The internal nasal dilators market size is expected to reach US$ 3.82 Billion by 2030, from US$ 2.36 Billion in 2023, at a CAGR of 7.1% during the forecast period. Internal nasal dilators are small medical devices inserted into the nostrils to open nasal passages. They help increase airflow, reduce nasal congestion, and ease breathing. The growing prevalence of sleep disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea is driving market growth.

The internal nasal dilators market is segmented by product type, usability, application, distribution channel, and region. By product type, the polymer segment accounts for the largest share due to benefits like easy insertion, affordability, and suitability for long-term use.

Global Internal Nasal Dilators Market Regional Insights:

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for internal nasal dilators during the forecast period, accounting for over 40.7% of the market share in 2023. The growth in North America is attributed to high diagnosis rates of sleep apnea, favorable reimbursement policies, and new product launches.
  • The Europe market is expected to be the second-largest market for internal nasal dilators, accounting for over 31.4% of the market share in 2023. The growth in Europe is attributed to rising awareness about nasal health and an increase in online sales of dilators.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for internal nasal dilators, accounting of over 19.6% during forecast period. The growth in Asia Pacific is attributed to unmet clinical needs and improving healthcare infrastructure.

Analyst View: The global internal nasal dilator market is expected to witness moderate growth over the next five years. The rising prevalence of nasal congestion issues among both adults and children due to increasing pollution levels and changing lifestyles is a key growth driver. Growing awareness about availability of drug-free treatment options such as nasal dilators is also boosting market expansion. North America currently dominates the global market, aided by strong healthcare infrastructure and the early adoption of new products. However, Asia Pacific is projected to emerge as the fastest-growing regional market owing to the rising health consciousness among consumers.

Figure 1. Global Internal Nasal Dilators Market Share (%), by Region, 2023


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Global Internal Nasal Dilators Market Drivers:

  • Rising Prevalence of Snoring and Sleep Apnea: The growing prevalence of snoring and sleep apnea worldwide is a major factor driving growth in the internal nasal dilators market. Snoring affects over 90 million adults in the U.S. alone, while sleep apnea impacts over 22 million every year. More people getting diagnosed with these sleep disorders create a larger patient pool that requires customized nasal dilation and monitoring therapy responses. Nasal obstruction is a key contributor, and internal dilators are a preferred first-line treatment, augmenting clinical demand and sales.
  • Increasing Online Availability and Adoption: The easy availability of internal nasal dilator on e-commerce platforms and through direct-to-consumer company websites is boosting adoption. Online sales channels provide the convenience of shopping from home, discounted prices, and user reviews. As more consumers flock to the internet for health purchases post pandemic, vendors are also focusing on digital marketing strategies. This online channel presence and targeted promotions on social media will push online purchases, supporting market growth.
  • Strong Clinical Evidence and Recommendations: Robust clinical evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of internal nasal dilators in relieving nasal obstruction is fueling uptake. Multiple studies have demonstrated significant improvements in breathing, a reduction in snoring, and better sleep quality in device users. Strong clinical data has led to recommendations from physicians and associations. Positive guidance from healthcare professionals gives patients the confidence to adopt these kits for self-management of nasal and respiratory conditions.
  • Favorable Reimbursement Scenario: Supportive reimbursement frameworks, especially in developed countries like the U.S. and Germany, are facilitating greater device affordability and access. Many public and private health insurers provide coverage for physician-prescribed use of medical-grade internal nasal dilators for therapeutic purposes. This financial assistance for the relatively expensive dilator kits is critical in driving technology adoption across clinical settings as well as patient preference.

Global Internal Nasal Dilators Market Opportunities:

  • Incorporating Advanced Technologies: Companies have significant scope for growth by integrating advanced technologies such as microsensors and mobile connectivity into their nasal dilator offerings. Features like tracking device usage, monitoring respiratory parameters, and sharing data through apps will improve patient engagement. It also enables doctors to remotely track adherence and therapy responses. Value added smart devices will provide a competitive edge.
  • Expansion into Emerging Markets: Rising unmet need and under penetration make developing countries in Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Africa key markets. Growing middle-class incomes, urbanization, and improving healthcare access are conducive factors. Companies can tap into this demand by introducing nasal dilators, tailored to local pricing constraints and needs. Strategic partnerships with regional distributors and targeted marketing to increase awareness will support expansion.
  • OTC (Over the Counter) Launch of Products: Many companies have prescription-only nasal dilators, but launching OTC variants can unlock significant revenues from the self-care market. The OTC launch will improve availability and make the kits accessible to a wider population of people who self-manage minor nasal congestion, allergies, or mild snoring. The consumer segment beyond clinics gives companies access to a high-volume market and will be a future growth avenue.
  • Diversification into Lifestyle Market: There are opportunities for companies to diversify beyond therapeutic areas and enter the lifestyle consumer segment focused on general wellbeing. Marketing nasal dilators as daily nasal hygiene tools that improve breathing comfort during exercise, travel, and allergies can expand adoption. Partnerships with lifestyle brands, and sportspeople for promotional purposes can raise category visibility in the mainstream. A large untapped opportunity exists in the consumer wellness space.

Global Internal Nasal Dilators Market Trends:

  • Demand for User-friendly and Ergonomic Design: Companies are focused on engineering nasal dilator devices that provide a comfortable user experience through ergonomic and lightweight designs. Mechanisms allowing easy one-handed insertion into the nostrils are gaining prominence. Features such as smooth beveled edges, skin-friendly materials, adjustable strap lengths, and breathability are some hallmarks of the user-centric design approach. Patients desire maximum comfort for regular everyday use.
  • Combination Devices and Multimodal Treatments: Demand for combined nasal dilator and moisturizing gels or medicated sprays into a single integrated kit is rising owing to synergistic therapies. This allows leveraging multiple mechanisms for more effective nasal cavity opening, hydration, and drug delivery. Companies are also developing customizable kits permitting patients to assemble tailored treatment combinations addressing their specific needs.
  • Shift towards Reusable/Washable Products: Increasing consumer preference towards reusable and washable variants over single-use disposable options is an emerging trend. Reusable nasal dilators are cost-effective and environmentally sustainable over the long term. Companies are improving materials and coatings to allow easy cleaning and disinfection of nasal dilators. Offering replacement pads and accessories further maximizes product lifespans and reuse. This meets consumer demand for eco-friendly products.
  • Brand Partnerships and Co-Promotions: Collaborations with consumer brands like sportswear companies, pharmacies, athletes, etc. to co-promote nasal dilators and increase patient engagement are rising. These business to business partnerships provide companies with a wider reach into untapped consumer segments. They also enable unique marketing activations that resonate with audiences. Overall, strategic commercial partnerships help elevate brand awareness and category visibility.

Internal Nasal Dilators Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 2.36 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2022 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 7.1% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 3.82 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel,  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Polymer, Polymer + Alloy, Others
  • By Usability: Reusable and Single Use
  • By Application: Snoring, Sleep Apnea, Deviated Septum, Nasal Congestion, Others
  • By Distribution Channel: Hospital Pharmacies, Retail Pharmacies and Online Pharmacies
Companies covered:

Nasanita, SANOSTEC CORP, Splintek, Inc., McKeon Products, Scandinavian Formulas, Consumer Sleep Solutions LLC. , WoodyKnows (M&M Pure Air Systems LLC), HealthRight Products, ASO Medical, Airware Labs, RC Medical Devices, Rhinomed Limited and SomniShop

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising Prevalence of Snoring and Sleep Apnea
  • Increasing Online Availability and Adoption
  • Strong Clinical Evidence and Recommendations
  • Favorable Reimbursement Scenario
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Discomfort and Improper Use Risks
  • High Costs and Limited Reimbursement
  • Stigma and Perception as Lifestyle Products

Global Internal Nasal Dilators Market Restraints:

  • Discomfort and Improper Use Risks: Discomfort stemming from overuse or incorrect placement technique is a key restraint hampering the adoption of nasal dilators. Improper sizing or poor insertion risk damage to the delicate nasal lining. Complications like mucosal irritation, bleeding, and pain can arise. Lack of patient education regarding appropriate device usage and practices can heighten adverse effects, lowering technology acceptance.
  • High Costs and Limited Reimbursement: Despite being economical compared to invasive surgical procedures, nasal dilator still represent a significant healthcare expenditure for many patients. The upfront costs are prohibitive for the uninsured and those with limited coverage or a lack of reimbursement support. This affordability issue poses a barrier to adoption, especially in developing regions and among lower-income demographics.
  • Stigma and Perception as Lifestyle Products: The perception of nasal dilators as lifestyle or cosmetic products rather than medically useful devices is a market challenge. Some patients feel embarrassed or self-conscious wearing a noticeable apparatus externally. The negative public stigma limits social acceptance. Awareness campaigns highlighting clinical legitimacy are needed to change attitudes and open mindsets to adoption.

Figure 2. Global Internal Nasal Dilators Market Share (%), by Application 2023


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Recent Developments:

New Offering By Market Players:

  • Rhinomed Limited, a global medical device company, offers Turbine, an internal nasal dilator, in its product portfolio, which is a next-generation nasal dilator for improved breathing and exercise performance.
  • Splintek, Inc., a medical device manufacturing company, offers the EZ-Open nasal dilator, featuring stronger support and opening action for clear nasal breathing.
  • Sanostec, a developer and manufacturer of novel nasal devices, offers SANOSTEAM Airmax Pro, an advanced nasal dilator to relieve nasal congestion and respiratory conditions.

Prevalence of various sleep disorders such as snoring, sleep apnea and others

  • On March 16, 2023, according to a report published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, snoring is most commonly caused by a partial blockage in the upper airway, which in turn makes the soft palate and other tissues in the throat, nose, and mouth vibrate. While, according to the study conducted in March 2022, approximately 44% of male respondents reported snoring compared to one-third of female respondents, older respondents were most likely to snore, with 77% of 55- to 64-year-olds admitting to snoring, compared to 41% of 18- to 24-year-olds in the U.S.
  • In June 2022, according to a report published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, global estimates using five or more events per hour suggest rates of 936 million people worldwide with mild to severe OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) and 425 million people worldwide with moderate to severe OSA in the year 2021.
  • In May 2021, a survey conducted by Harris on Demand, an online survey platform, reported that chronic nasal congestion is a common problem among U.S. adults, with nearly 1 in 4 experiencing it every day and 85% reporting the congestion negatively impacting their daily activities every year.
  • Furthermore, from the same source above, approximately 90% of people in the survey reported aspects of their daily lives are negatively affected when they experience chronic nasal congestion, including their ability to get a good night’s sleep (60%), smell or properly taste food (48%), or enjoy outdoor activities (33%).

Top companies in Global Internal Nasal Dilators Market

  • Nasanita
  • Splintek, Inc.
  • McKeon Products
  • Scandinavian Formulas
  • Consumer Sleep Solutions LLC.
  • WoodyKnows (M&M Pure Air Systems LLC)
  • HealthRight Products
  • ASO Medical
  • Airware Labs
  • RC Medical Devices
  • Rhinomed Limited
  • SomniShop

*Definition: The internal nasal dilators are small medical devices that are inserted into the nostrils to open nasal passages and improve breathing. They are typically used to alleviate snoring, improve breathing during exercise, or help with conditions such as nasal congestion or a deviated septum They come in various shapes and sizes, but most are made from flexible materials like plastic or silicone to ensure comfort.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Discomfort and irritation from devices, social stigma, high price, limited awareness in emerging markets, and competition from alternative remedies are the key factors hampering growth of the global internal nasal dilators market

Rising sleep disorders, growing awareness of nasal health, new and improved product launches, celebrity promotions, online product availability, are the major factors driving the global internal nasal dilators market growth

The polymer is the leading product type in the market due to ease of use and cost-effectiveness. 

Nasanita, SANOSTEC CORP, Splintek, Inc., McKeon Products, Scandinavian Formulas, Consumer Sleep Solutions LLC. , WoodyKnows (M&M Pure Air Systems LLC), HealthRight Products, ASO Medical, Airware Labs, RC Medical Devices, Rhinomed Limited and SomniShop

North America is expected lead the market.

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