In addition to the less than stellar visual statement it makes (the caveman look hasn’t been appealing since the Stone Ages), mouth breathing can also have negative effects on your health.
Mouth breathing typically results from a nasal obstruction. In some cases, the nasal issue is due to a cold- meaning the condition will go away on its own when the cold is gone. However, for many people, mouth breathing can be a chronic condition due to allergies, sinusitis or nasal structure.
At Palm Beach Sleep and Sinus we assess the entirety of your condition and develop a comprehensive plan to treat it. While prescription medicine may provide some relief, another option is our BreatheNaked procedure. This proprietary surgery, developed by Dr. Agrama to repair nasal obstruction, is offered to his patients while they are comfortable and awake in his office.
After administering a local anesthetic into the soft tissues inside of each nostril, Dr. Agrama makes a small incision from the top to the side of each nostril between the two cartilage plates of the nasal alar valve. He opens a small pocket between the upper and lower cartilages, then sews them together with dissolvable stitches, cinching the nostrils open.
Since the surgery occurs inside the nostril, there are no cuts or scars on the outside of the nose or face. And, unlike traditional surgeries, there is no placement of permanent implants, plastic stents, or cartilage grafts. This means minimal change to the appearance of the nose and no packing or stents to block breathing.
In the following two months, a scar forms between the two cartilages that reinforces their strength. The nostrils remain open and less floppy while retaining their natural shape.
By strengthening the cartilage on the inside of the nostril (called the nasal alar valve or nasal vestibule), BreatheNaked is able to produce a permanent “breathe strip” effect. Whereas your nostrils would historically collapse with each breath you took, after the BreatheNaked procedure, your nostrils will remain open. This allows for clear, comfortable, more-exhilarating breathing throughout the day and while you sleep.
Mouth breathing doesn’t have to be a lifelong condition. Schedule an appointment to find out how to close your mouth and open yourself up to better health and happiness.