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SleepDent

SleepDent
Joined May 2017
SleepDent
Joined May 2017

I am a dentist working in dental sleep medicine. On one level I can sympathize with how you feel. When someone messes with a person's livelihood, it is, indeed, a serious matter. I have been working with sleep apnea patients for about 13 years and I have seen the condition get people fired from great jobs, lose their marriages, alienate their children, and die in their sleep. Please take it seriously. The condition affects 20 million or more people in this country and keeps growing as people get more obese. With greater awareness, doctors(and dentists) are screening people more carefully for the condition and you need to expect that. Many people do not suspect that they have the condition because they don't feel symptomatic. We now have a pretty good idea of the profile of potential victims, and from what you say, you are in there. Where I definitely DO fault the doctor is when she made the statement that you have sleep apnea based on the profile. That was unnecessarily upsetting to you. Nobody can be sure that a person has sleep apnea without appropriate testing and there is a significant chance that you DON'T have it. Screening is no big deal. They now have home sleep tests that are easy, fast, and cheap. So just get it done quickly and have peace of mind. Even if you do have it, not everybody gets CPAP. There are oral sleep apnea appliances, surgical options, and an Inspire pacemaker, too. Good luck to you. It will work out. Arthur B. Luisi, Jr.,D.M.D.