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Favorite Dental Stories #2

Of all the different dental treatments I provide, what would you guess is the most life-changing? A beautiful smile of veneers? Dentures for a toothless mouth? Actually, the most life-changing treatment I provide is a biteguard for sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a subtle disease with many complicated symptoms. Snoring is one symptom.

I had a patient with severe sleep apnea. Let’s call him Robert. He already had a surgery to remove some tissue from the soft palate, but snoring was still a problem. I made him a sleep apnea biteguard, which repositions the jaw to open the airway and eliminate snoring.

I ran into Robert’s wife at the grocery store a few weeks later. She thanked me with tears in her eyes. Now that Robert was not snoring, they were sharing a bedroom for the first time in 10 years of marriage.

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