25th October 2011 2:42 pm
My name is Jenni,
At the age of 38 l was diagnosed with sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea is a life threatening illness. When you sleep, your throat closes over and causes you to stop breathing and of course interrupts your sleep. ( that’s the basic short version.)
At that stage in my life (4years ago) i was a single mother, caring for my mother with dementia (mum lives with me) and my daughter whom has epilepsy and i was working night shift (I have now changed to day shift.)
As you can imagine i was very busy and to top it all off, l wasn’t getting the sleep l needed to carry on.
My sleep specialist suggested a C Pap machine. OMG not only did l look like Darth Vader but l felt like him! I took 6 months off work to try to get use to this machine that was… uncomfortable,annoying, scaring my daughter and in the end l put it in the cupboard and that is where it has stayed. How anyone can sleep with a C Pap machine is beyond me!
I became very depressed and totally exhausted and have been that way for the past 4 years. I had a sinus operation this year in the hope it may help with my sleep apnea (it didnt) This was affecting my whole life. By 1pm l’m usually back in bed having a sleep. This Sleep Apnea was controlling my whole life. I never had the energy to do anything.
Someone suggested a sleep splint. I started to surf the net for a dentist who could make me one.
I made an appointment to see Dr Harry Marget at the East Bentleigh Dental Group.
Dr Harry is a very nice man and made me feel very comfortable. He seemed very confident that a dental splint would work. Dr Harry took the time to explain everything to me and answered my questions (l had plenty of questions!) As i was sitting in Dr Harry’s chair the tears started to fall. I was soooo exhausted and so desperate for someone to help me.
I went back to Dr Harry to have my mould made for my splint, which was quick, easy and pain free.
10 days later my splint was ready. Dr Harry showed me how to put the splint in my mouth… take it out and also what needed to be done to care for my new dental splint.
The first night l put my splint in (it is now known as my dummy) l fell straight to sleep….. when i woke in the morning l started to cry… could this be working??????
Well last night was night number 4! l slept like a baby!! It’s now after 2pm and i have been running around all day…. no nap for me!
I was expecting my new splint to give me jaw pain and thought it would take me awhile to get use to it. I have been pain free and it is comfortable..fell asleep straight away on the first night… only a great dentist could get it that right!
Dr Harry has given me my life back. I cannot thank him enough for what he has done. I cannot put into words how l feel. We take our health for granted…. not anymore. Thanks to Dr Harry, l have a second chance. I’m sure when l see Dr Harry in a couple of weeks l will cry again but this time it will be tears of joy.
A BIG BIG THANK YOU to Dr Harry and his wonderful staff.