Dear Dr. Smith:
I am pleased to write about Karen's and my experience with [the mouth appliance you prepared for her].
A few years ago, Karen started snoring. Her condition quickly intensified such that her snoring became louder and louder and occurred every night. Needless to say, our sleep was seriously disturbed. Consequently, she saw several doctors. She was found to be suffering with sleep apnea and finally was fitted for the CPAP. She used it for several months, but never became comfortable. And while CPAP seemed to help somewhat, it was cumbersome and often noisy. After months of frustration, she was refered to you.
Your care was excellent. Within a few months she received the mouth appliance for which you fit her. She wore it that night -- no snoring and, for the first time in a long time, a sound night's sleep for us both. Now, several months later, we can report complete success. Karen has used [the appliance] every night -- snoring is over, good sleeping has returned.
(You have my permission to use me as a reference, and to quote this letter as you like.)
Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know G___ was in to see me & had nothing but good to say about her whole experience with you and getting her OA! She is so very thankful and has not had a migraine since she started using it. She is using both the OA and CPAP. I explained she could just use the OA but she said she can not sleep without the CPAP.
I just wanted to thank you for taking such good care of her! I appreciate it & she sure does as well.
"My face does not hurt hardly at all. I wear it every night. It makes a big difference. It started helping right away. I now have 2 headaches a month instead of 2 headaches a day."
“Wearing appliance every night, sometimes it comes out, fit is satisfactory. Jaw locking gone, other jaw symptoms are gone or greatly reduced. Jaw now prefers a more forward position with the lower incisors pushing against the upper incisors. Able to chew food ok.”
"I wear it at night. I don't have the pain I had before. My headaches are better."
“I can count on going to sleep and sleeping 4-5 hours with no Ambien. I then take 1/2 Ambien.
Now no night sweats when asleep, but get them when I wake up. Wake up feeling more rested.
Husband reports now no snoring. Less hip pain at night allows me to sleep on a side longer.
My jaw is more comfortable in a more forward position than before. I find I am eating more on my front teeth. I now eat comfortably.”
"I feel 100% better. I have more energy during the day. I am sleeping better. There was no jaw pain after the first week. Tension in my neck is gone."
“It feels wonderful. My tongue moves around more freely. My jaw feels better. It does not want me to take it out. There are a couple of places needing adjustment for comfort.”
“My chiropractor is trying to gently massage it and work with me. He has found I set so much better with the appliance in, so that has also been great.”
Watch our interviews with patients of Dr. Smith who have experienced remarkable improvements in the treatment of their Sleep Apnea and TMJ/TMD issues.