What is nasal breathing?

Nasal breathing is a simple but powerful function. Breathing through the nose promotes a smoother, more efficient airflow, which can be especially beneficial for individuals with sleep apnea. Nasal breathing also reduces the likelihood of snoring, a common symptom of this condition, by maintaining a clear airway and preventing the soft tissues at the back of the throat from collapsing. By embracing the gentle art of nasal breathing and addressing obstacles such as congestion or allergies, you may experience improved sleep quality and a potential reduction in sleep apnea symptoms. This technique can have a dramatic impact on your restorative sleep and overall health. 

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How to make the change to nasal breathing—what does it entail?

We offer specialized training at the San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea to help patients transition to nasal breathing. Our experts work closely with you to identify obstacles to nasal breathing and provide techniques and exercises to promote this healthier breathing pattern. By improving airflow through the nasal passages, sleep apnea symptoms can be reduced, enhancing sleep quality and overall health.

What should I expect with nasal breathing?

Adopting nasal breathing can have a significant effect on sleep quality and may help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with sleep apnea. These are some of the benefits you can expect when incorporating nasal breathing into your sleep routine to treat sleep apnea:

Improved oxygen flow

Nasal breathing promotes efficient oxygen exchange. For individuals with sleep apnea, this means that even during brief apnea episodes, the oxygen flow to your body remains relatively stable.

Enhanced sleep continuity

Nasal breathing can help maintain a steady breathing pattern throughout the night, reducing the frequency of apnea episodes or the severity of their effects.

Potential symptom relief

Some individuals with mild obstructive sleep apnea may find that adopting nasal breathing practices alone can improve symptoms.

Clenching and grinding relief

when you cannot breathe through your nose, your oral and airway muscles spasm in an attempt to breathe normally, this appears as clenching and grinding. Correcting your nasal obstruction can significantly improve your clenching and grinding. 

Potential complementary treatment

Nasal breathing can complement other treatments for sleep apnea, such as continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy or oral appliances.

Nasal breathing can be a helpful strategy in managing sleep apnea, but it may not be a standalone solution for everyone, which is why we offer a wide range of treatments designed to treat this condition. We can discuss your options during your initial consultation. You may also require other lifestyle modifications, procedures, or oral devices to ensure restful sleep hours.

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Why choose the San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea?

At the San Francisco Center for TMJ and Sleep Apnea, our commitment to comprehensive care sets us apart. We take a holistic approach to sleep apnea treatment, recognizing that a combination of factors can contribute to this condition. Our team of dedicated professionals understands that successful treatment involves addressing not only the symptoms but also the underlying causes. By integrating various disciplines, including dentistry, sleep medicine, myofunctional therapy, and more, we offer a well-rounded approach tailored to each patient's unique needs. With our multidisciplinary expertise, advanced technology, and patient-centered care, you can trust us to guide you toward improved sleep and overall well-being.

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Our Network of ENTs

Dion Health boasts a proficient team of ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) colleagues and associates dedicated to crafting personalized nasal breathing treatment plans. Focused on addressing sleep apnea and enhancing overall respiratory function, their collaborative approach ensures comprehensive care for patients seeking effective solutions and improved sleep quality.

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