Hilda’s Mouth-Breathing Struggle on The Morning Blend
Dr. Kandula went on The Morning Blend to talk about Hilda's story and the simple solutions that can get you breathing the way you were meant to.
Welcome back to The Morning Blend. Today, the story of one mom's struggle to get a good night's rest. She calls herself a mouth breather. She'd go to bed with a big glass of water and always wake up with a dry mouth.
Does this sound like you? Is this is a familiar story? Well, today, as part of our Sleep Well, Breathe Well series with ADVENT, Hilda shares more of her story.
Sometimes I would gasp for air. I would wake up coughing at night. I always had a bottle of water next to my bed stand because I always had a dry mouth. And I realized that I was a mouth breather.
I didn't really know I had a problem with my breathing until I actually came to ADVENT. It was my first job as a C.M.A., so I was really nervous. I realized that it was a long time that I was suffering with these issues, and I didn't know that that was a problem.
That was just my norm forever. I would go to my primary physician. He would just treat the symptoms, the infection itself, and wasn't really looking for the reason why I was having so many issues. I was only able to breathe through one side of my nose, and it was always blocked on the other side.
That's why I was constantly waking up. The procedure itself was quick. It was a game changer for me. I could not believe the difference it had made. And that was only a week out. After that first week, I realized, oh, you know what, I'm not having headaches anymore.
And so that was a plus to realize that as well, that, you know, here's a symptom that I didn't realize I had until it was gone. And then I noticed it was gone. After that week, you know, things got even better.
One of the things that I noticed then was that I had to retrain myself and remind myself that, you know what, I can breathe through my nose now. Then all of a sudden, as the weeks went by, I no long- my bottle of water just stayed full because I was sleeping throughout the entire night.
And that was awesome. Especially when having a little baby and you only have a certain amount of time to sleep, maybe four or five hours at most. You know, when they're newborns. So that was amazing. And it just kept getting better after that.
Really nice to be able to sit here four years later to say confidently to a patient. It stays that way. It's meant to stay that way. It's permanent. I'm not going to the doctor as often. I'm not spending as much money for co-pays because, you know, the problem is actually fixed.
And moms need their rest. Maybe you're like Hilda, you don't know that breathing through your mouth can lead to lower energy and other problems. ADVENT Founder and CEO, Dr. Madan Kandula, is here now with more. It's great to see you again, doctor.
Great to be here. Thank you.
You know, I think people maybe wonder, hey, if at least you can breathe, why is it important for us to to not just be breathing through our mouth or not be breathing through our mouth, but also through our nose?
Yeah, I mean, as sort of sophisticated as we all think we are these days with all sorts of different technology and advances, we are fundamentally animals. And at our core, it is deeply distressing when your nose doesn't work.
The nose is the start of the airway. If somebody's nose is plugged even temporarily during the day, it is very mentally and physically exhausting and it's draining. And for many folks, Hilda is a good example of this, this is something that's been going on for her whole life.
And so how do you know what normal is if all that you've ever had is suboptimal, is abnormal and so frail? That simple change, you know, an in-office procedure, taking a nose that was shut and making it more open.
And it created a massive ripple effect throughout our life. And that's that's not unusual. That's typical. Most of our patients experience many of the things that Hilda described after we get them out of trouble, which is a wonderful thing, that we can get them out of trouble.
Yeah, you know, I- you hear her story and it sounds so common, you know, you think about congestion, you think about daily headaches, maybe you think about having trouble sleeping. But but those are things we really shouldn't just be tolerating.
You really need to have it checked out. Is that right?
Yeah, absolutely. And, you know, unfortunately, many folks are like Hilda who go in and they have a problem. They seek relief and unfortunately, the way the health care system is designed outside of ADVENT's walls, it's usually just trying to slap a Band-Aid on it.
And have do you go on your way? For us at ADVENT, it's crucial to get to the root cause of what's going on and explain the options for somebody and to deliver those options in as elegant of a manner as possible.
And so this is all that we do. All that we do is treat these issues. And so therefore, it requires more of us when somebody is coming in to say, you know, might there be help?
And almost always there is. Almost always there's an answer. Almost always there's something that could be done to really help somebody. And many times it helps people in profound ways that they don't even know that's even possible.
And that's why I think that comprehensive evaluation that you do of The Breathing Triangle® is so important and, we're running out of time, but it just really quickly. The fact that she's still having this relief four years later, I mean, that that's got to be wonderful news, not just for her, but it should be encouraging to other people , too.
Yeah, absolutely. I mean, I think I don't- I realize only now how many people hear what we do and hear that, hey, it just takes a few minutes to have this done and think, oh, this must be temporary.
It's it's not temporary. It's very unusual for folks to go through the procedures that we do and have issues that recur down the road. It can happen, but it's not common. And so, Hilda, again, it's normal.
She's four years down the road. I expect her to be able to go through her whole life and hopefully never have anything done again and have the life that she's supposed to have for the rest of her life, which is which is truly wonderful.
Yeah, it's great news. Doctor, thank you so much for joining us and sharing Hilda's story.
Thank you. Thanks for having me.
Absolutely. And the great news is that it's an in-office simple solution that can be done in as little as 20 minutes with zero downtime. So here's the deal: today ADVENT released some additional new patient appointments for Morning Blend viewers, which is great so that you can be seen this week.
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