Sleep Apnea - Sleep Better NW

Don’t Drive Drowsy!!

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Dr. Erin Elliott

We’re so excited to share this testimonial from our patient who was told she didn’t have a problem until we got a chance to test her and treat her:

“I have struggled with snoring, being light headed in the morning and driving very tired into work every morning for the last several years. I even fell asleep at a red light (and bumped into the car in front of me) two years ago while on my way to work. I spoke with my dentist about a mouthpiece, but he wasn’t very helpful or encouraging, and informed me it would be very expensive. So, I decided to tough it out. (I was misinformed).

However, in March 2015, I saw a notice (not an advertisement- as the message was very educational about the health problem and a convenient solution as opposed to bragging up the facility) in the Liberty Lake Splash about the process offered by Sleep Better Northwest and Post Falls Family Dental Center: to test for sleep apnea and to work with insurance to secure medical benefits. This was the motivation I needed to make an appointment to determine if I had sleep apnea and if I met the criteria for the appliance (since I’m extremely claustrophobic, the mouthguard was the only solution to my problem).

Long story short- the first morning I woke up after using my oral appliance- it hit me that I was wide awake and clear headed; I also had more energy than usual. I drove to work without being the least bit tired, and I felt so much better all day. It has only gotten better from there.

I can’t thank Dr. Elliott and the team for making the sleep apnea solution so convenient. I’m also very thankful that the notice was placed somewhere where I was reminded about the seriousness of having sleep apnea.

The professionals at SBNW are friendly, helpful and excited about my success- and I just don’t have enough nice things to say about them! I’m just sorry I didn’t do this sooner!!!!!!

– Ceil O.