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Are you a "mouth breather"? In other words, do you breathe primarily through your mouth?

It's a little-known fact that many people in Western countries have been conditioned to breathe through their mouths (breathing through your nose is healthier, but that's another story).

But some people have no choice but to be mouth breathers - because their nasal passages are permanently blocked.

Permanent blockage of the nasal passages can lead to sleep apnea. Apnea Treatment Guide book says about the case of Bob, a 39-year-old who lives in Holland, Michigan, U.S.A.

In today's lesson, I'll be explaining how nasal surgery can cure sleep apnea - and how Bob dealt with the consequences of the surgery.

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How a Blocked Nose Can Cause Sleep Apnea ------------------------------------------------------------------

For some, blocked nasal passages never pass. Nasal congestion or obstruction is constant, causing them to breathe with an open mouth. Unfortunately, partially closed or congested nasal passages can result in snoring and sleep apnea.

Within the nose, there's a dividing wall between each nostril. That wall is made of cartilage and called a "septum". The term "deviated septum" is usually associated with a broken nose. But this condition may occur naturally without injury. This is one way that the nasal passage can become blocked and lead to sleep apnea.

The odd shaped items in the nasal passage are called "turbinates." These can be thought of as "shelves" running from front to back in the nose.

Turbinates consist of spongy bone covered with a tissue and with blood capillaries close to the surface. The tissue itself is a thin mucous membrane. In dry weather or with hard blowing, capillaries may rupture, resulting in a bloody nose.

Whether the result of injury, naturally occurring excess tissue, or inflammation and infection, enlarged turbinates can obstruct breathing.

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A Quick Primer on Nasal Surgery

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Nasal surgery as a treatment for sleep apnea often involves the septum or turbinates.

A common problem corrected by surgery is the straightening of a deviated septum. The process involves breaking and use of splints to straighten the septum.

Surgery on the turbinates involves surgery with a scalpel or laser to reduce the size of the turbinate tissue. A recently-developed process uses high frequency radio waves to reduce spongy bone underneath the mucous membrane. Surgery involving laser or radio waves obviously produces less bleeding than surgery with a knife.

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The source of these information is Marc MacDonald, who is an independent sleep apnea researcher. His newest book, "Cure Your Sleep Apnea Without CPAP: 9 Survivors Tell Their Story" helps sleep apnea sufferers to take action to cure their sleep apnea through 7 proven treatments:

Apnea Treatment Guide

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Sleep Apnea Guide - New Pages

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Do you want to learn how to improve obstructive sleep apnea with tongue exercises? There is a new page on Sleep Apnea Guide website which contains information about Oropharyngeal Exercises and Tongue Exercises for sleep apnea.

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Until next time...

Remy Thiery

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