Denise finally finds the relief she has been looking for 10 long years with Dr. Alkhoury!
Denise illustrates for us her problems with sleep and breathing through- out her life and emphasizes how little to no proper diagnosis was received from other doctors. At one point she was even advised that her struggles could possibly be psychological. Dr. Alkhoury stepped in to asses her situation and was able to identify her TMD via sleep studies. Denise explains that after 1o years she has finally found relief and is no longer terrified of the abnormality she used to face throughout her life. She drastically feels the improvement in her life, from better sleep to more pleasant moods and irradiation of fear by being alleviated from her condition.
Please tell me about your story, how you found out about us and your symptoms:
Well hello I am Denise, I came to Dr. Alkhoury because I could not breathe and I was choking in my sleep. Waking up not able to breathe and I was even happening during the day. I have clenched my teeth my whole life and I have been telling doctors and dentists that I had this problem. No one was able to help me. Doctors told me I needed to see the dentists, dentists told me I needed to see doctor. I went to Stanford and saw several different doctors there, who basically told me that it was all in my head.
Stanford doctors? And when was that?
Yes and this was right before I came to see you so April of 2019
And what did you tell Stanford doctors?
About my clenching of the teeth and at the point where I had come to see I was afraid to go to sleep because I was afraid that I was going to suffocate in my sleep. That is how bad it was and I could not get any help, they told me I needed physical therapy but no help with any sort of appliance.
Did they at least do a sleep study for you?
No and I also went to an ENT specialist in Stanford who could not seem to find any reason as to why I would be choking. They did a series of allergy tests and shrugged their shoulders and sent me on my way so since I have met you I have been able to sleep.
How did you find us?
Searching the internet for a TMJ specialist which is as I am saying something that seems to be very mysterious and very hard for people that suffer from the way that I do, from TMJ and Sleep apnea. To find someone who can help them, and since I have come here I have started sleeping and feeling rested. I feel 10 years younger and I am not afraid.
How about your pain?
The pain also is constantly having facial pain, jaw pain, headaches.
Are you feeling better now?
I feel great, I feel safe, and now I am sleeping, and resting.
How about your mood – do you feel like you have better mood and energy?
Absolutely, I feel like I am actually getting sleep and I literally used to cry before I went to sleep because I was afraid – so afraid as to what was going to happen while I was asleep.
So you are happy with the sleep therapy TMJ seminar?
Absolutely thank you!