What kind of gags can I use?
I have terrible sinus problems, so I can almost never breathe through my nose. I know I'm not the only one with this problem either. This wouldn't be a huge deal, except for the fact that I'm a huge fan of gags! This is a problem because if I were to shove something in my mouth, I'd be done breathing until someone took it out. So what do I do? Well you have a couple options!
1. Some places actually sell breathable ball gags, which are like your normal ball gag, but they're hollow, and have holes drilled in them. They actually work very well, and I've had no problem breathing with them in. You can even make your own with a strap of some sort and a small Wiffle ball, if you want to let your creative side out. Just remember to file down the areas around the holes, because any rough edges could cut your lips.
2. You could try an open mouth gag like a ring gag or spider gag. If you use one of these though, you just have to make sure to let your partner know not to stick anything through the ring gag and into your mouth, like a dildo, or a penis.
3. Try a bit gag! I've found that bit gags are very easy to breathe around. They're not the most comfortable gags to wear, but I'd much rather be able to get oxygen than be as comfortable as possible. They're nice enough that I can wear them for a long while, but I just prefer ball gags.
How do I make sure to use my gag safely?
Well, when you first get your gag, put it in your mouth without buckling it closed. Try breathing with it in your mouth. If you can breathe easily you're probably good to buckle the gag up and use it. If you're having difficulty breathing then you should take the gag out and try something smaller, or a different kind of gag. It's also a good idea to take the gag out when your jaw starts to hurt and let your mouth relax.
A lot of the appeal of an open mouth gag is the idea that you can't talk, but you can still have things put in your mouth, like a dildo or a penis. Before using one, make sure your partner understands you want to use it so you can breathe through your mouth. It'll be difficult to talk once you're gagged up. You should set up a safeword before any kink session, but if you're gagged you won't be able to shout words, so it's also a good idea to have a safe signal like a hand motion of some kind.
So you see, even if you have breathing problems, and even if your nose doesn't always want you to use it, you can still get your kink on with gags. You can make them yourself, or order them, but however you do it, just remember to stay safe, and just as importantly, have fun!