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Can Mouth Taping Cure Sleep Apnea?

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Black woman with sleep apnea sleeping before her appointment at West End Dental in Portland, ORSleep apnea occurs when the upper airway narrows or collapses while asleep, preventing airflow and briefly stopping breathing. Even though you may have slept for many hours, these brief stops may disturb your sleep pattern, leaving you feeling fatigued and mentally clouded in the morning. Furthermore, if sleep apnea is left untreated, there is a significant risk of heart disease, stroke, excessive blood pressure, and impaired cognitive function.

How Does Sleep Apnea Occur?

Sleep apnea can occur for a variety of causes. However, genetic factors are primarily responsible for its emergence. For example, people with small airways or a sunken jaw are more likely to develop sleep apnea. Similarly, one of the leading causes of the illness is obesity. Breathing during the night might be made more difficult by excess weight around the neck. Pre-existing allergies or hormonal fluctuations may also alter your breathing patterns, leading to sleep apnea.

Is Mouth Taping a Treatment for Sleep Apnea?

Medical practitioners worldwide are still researching mouth taping as a relatively new therapy procedure. Before going to sleep, the patient has a small piece of medical tape placed over their lips. This will discourage mouth breathing and promote nasal breathing. Even if the airway is narrow, this method may assist in keeping it open and lessen sleep apnea symptoms.

However, it is important to remember that mouth tape is not a permanent solution for sleep apnea, particularly if you have moderate to severe apnea. Due to nasal breathing, mouth taping may provide some comfort for persons who snore or have moderate obstructive sleep apnea.

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Do not hesitate to get help if you believe you may have obstructive sleep apnea but are tired of your daily life being negatively impacted by it. For advice on the best course of action, speak with your healthcare provider about mouth taping and its advantages. Do not hesitate to contact our specialists if you would like more advice on the subject.

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