Why am I so passionate about helping others who snore or who have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)? Well, let me begin by telling you my story which began several years ago . . .
My wife used to have to suffer with my sporadic nightly snoring that would keep her awake and she would often worry that I would occasionally stop breathing for short periods – kind of like choking, then catching my breath, over and over again. I also was not feeling “well-rested” in the morning. I was tired during the day especially while driving or sitting and watching TV. Oftentimes, I would skip my favorite shows and family time to go to bed early just to repeat my non-restful sleep.
Luckily, I love to go to continuing education classes. In 2009, I attended my first class on Sleep Breathing Disorders – and after that initial class, I attended many more. After attending these classes, I began to think “Is this me? Do I have sleep apnea?”
In early 2011, I was diagnosed by a certified, medical sleep physician and fitted with my first oral appliance to treat my sleep apnea. I never considered CPAP therapy; I definitely preferred to have an oral device. Within the first week of getting my appliance, my wife commented, “You are not snoring anymore or gasping for air!” Soon, my family all began to notice that I had more energy. I was waking up in the morning feeling more rested and refreshed. My family appreciated my new-found energy to be more involved with them. My five year old son requires a lot of energy and I had more to give!
Subsequently, I began walking and swimming daily and lost over 30 pounds which improved my breathing at night even more. Today, I have restful, refreshing sleep with no snoring and, according to my latest sleep test, minimal apnea episodes. I now enjoy all of the health benefits of a great nights sleep! My wife gets a good nights’ sleep as well – and that is just as important!
So if you or your spouse snore or occasionally stop breathing or gasping for air at night, please call our office for a complimentary consult and see if an oral appliance is right for you. I am proof that an oral appliance works!
Let’s live healthier, sleep better and smile more!
Please note: The diagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is made by a certified, medical sleep physician who can recommend an oral appliance made by a dentist like myself.
John F. Blattner, DMD, FAGD, MAGD October 17, 2016