With my oral appliance, I can date freely without feeling embarrassed about my condition.
This past spring I met a wonderful, lovely woman who is smart, driven, and full of life. She is one of a kind! I want to be like her. I want to enjoy each second of life. I want to love freely, passionately, with no regrets.
Several years ago, for some reason I just couldn’t fall asleep one night. At first, I thought it was just me — too excited for life and love and unable to settle down for sleep. But one night turned into one week and one week turned into several months. At the time, I was able to function fine and my job performance didn’t suffer. But I knew it would eventually catch up with me. So after about a year I asked my primary doctor for help.
We tried a few different prescriptions. Some didn’t work, some I just didn’t like, and others were just too powerful and made me feel constantly drowsy. So finally my doctor requested a sleep study with a Pulmonologist.The sleep study revealed, I have mild sleep apnea and the sleep doctor recommended CPAP. Although I was hesitant, I went along with it. I was in shock! I was fitted with something called nose pillows and a machine that pumped heated air into my nose. It was hard to get used to the air pressure. It was adjusted several times but it couldn’t go any lower and I needed a chinstrap to keep my mouth closed. I wasn’t married and I wasn’t dating anyone at the time, which is good, because I kept asking myself, “who would want to deal with me and this machine?” I felt depressed and prayed for an alternative.
Luckily, after some months I visited a Sleep Psychologist, who taught me about Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI). I saw some improvement but overall the quality of sleep was still lacking. So the APRN referred me to a sleep dentist, who told me about the oral appliance from Whole You. It changed my life!
Getting off the CPAP machine was like cutting the strings that held me back. I like that the oral appliance is small and I can open my mouth to drink water at night. I can sleep in any position just like a child. And I can date freely without feeling embarrassed about my condition. It’s a great feeling! I want to share this positive experience with the world.