Breathing is surviving. Breathing is essential for us to stay alive, and any little restriction in the breath can greatly affect the whole body. If you feel short of breath at frequent times, then it means you may be suffering from an airway disorder. A number of other medical conditions can also lead to shortness of breath. Some of the common ones are pulmonary diseases (asthma, COPD, etc.), cardiovascular disease, pneumonia, and bronchitis. Make an appointment with our Palo Alto dentist to determine your condition and undergo the right treatment option.
What are the symptoms of having a breathing disorder?
- Shortness of breath
- A feeling of throat tightness
- Coughing frequently
- Noisy breathing, known as "stridor," in which you make sounds like whistling
- Strenuous breathing, especially while inhaling
How can breathing disorder be diagnosed?
Flexible laryngoscopy: Through this test, the dentist looks into the structures of the larynx (throat) with the help of a small flexible camera. The camera passes through the nasal passage, nasopharynx, and down into the throat. You will be put under the effect of mild sedation as that will make you more comfortable during the examination. The examination might take about 1 - 2 minutes and may not be painful at all.
Bronchoscopy: Through this test, the dentist can view the whole windpipe down to the carina with the help of a flexible endoscope (a little longer than the one used for flexible laryngoscopy). You will be put under the effect of mild sedation so that you don't feel any discomfort when the scope enters the airway. The procedure might take around 5 minutes.
If you feel that you have a breathing disorder, you should visit our dental office to talk about it. Our dentist will treat your condition by recommending some medications or other procedures. To schedule an appointment with our dental office, call (650) 321-0340. We will be happy to discuss your treatment and then make a recommendation for how you should proceed.