Sleep like a baby, and breathe through your nose! Oral taping reduces snoring and sleep apnea

Sleep like a baby, and breathe through your nose! Oral taping reduces snoring and sleep apnea
October 1st, 2017 | Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Solutions | Comments Off on Sleep like a baby, and breathe through your nose! Oral taping reduces snoring and sleep apnea

Sleep like a baby, and breathe through your nose! Oral taping reduces snoring and sleep apnea

Does your mouth fall open during sleep? Do you snore or stop breathing throughout the night? Take a tip from a baby to sleep well, and breathe through your nose! Oral taping is the trendy way of keeping your mouth closed all night – so you can sleep like a baby!

Babies are obligate nasal breathers, and can manage to nurse and breathe simultaneously. This is due to the overlap between the soft palate and the epiglottis.

baby soft palate

Note the overlap of the soft palate with the epiglottis. The slightly rigid nipple of a baby bottle presses the tongue down.

Mouth breathing is associated with noisy snoring and dangerous sleep apnea. Furthermore, air passing over the soft tissues of the throat can lead to dryness and irritation, even inflammation of the tonsils and adenoid tissue. As snoring occurs, the irritation to these soft tissues in the back of the throat increases yet again – creating a vicious cycle.

It only takes a small piece of tape across the mouth to keep the lips closed during sleep. Nothing dramatic, just enough the width of the lips. The type I recommend most is NexCare’s sensitive skin tape (see below).

oral taping to sleep like a baby

A small amount of tape the width of the mouth is sufficient for promoting oral breathing.

sleep like a baby with nexcare tape

This is one brand of many – I like it because of the pain free removal in the morning.

Using oral taping to improve quality of sleep is a great idea – under appropriate medical supervision. No, the doctor is not going to watch you sleep with your mouth taped, but will send you home with a sleep-airway screening device prior to recommending the taping. The initial screening will allow the doctor to assess the level of apnea or other sleep disordered breathing, and determine if referral to another specialist would be recommended prior to trying the tape at home.

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