Meet Brentwood’s Sleep Dentist, Dr. Kellye Rice
Sleep apnea is a devastating sleep disorder that has affected my life in various ways. I first discovered I was a sleep apnea sufferer shortly after I began my sleep dentistry training in 2012. I had been suffering for years, but no physician ever recommended a sleep test for me. So, after learning all about sleep apnea and correlating my sleep deprivation with common symptoms of the condition, I took it on myself and received an official diagnosis in 2013.
However, before I knew all the scientific facts and risks related to sleep apnea, something much more personal had affected me. In 2007, an unexpected tragedy changed mine and my family’s life when my younger sister was diagnosed with severe sleep apnea and passed away in her sleep. Her passing encouraged me to explore sleep apnea and alternative methods of treating the condition because she had been waiting for her CPAP machine, but unfortunately never got it in time.
Since then, I have been dedicated to discovering the benefits and effects that oral appliances and laser procedures can provide to sleep apnea patients, including myself. Now, as a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, I am one of only a few hundred dentists in the United States certified in Fotona Twin Laser treatments for snoring and sleep apnea.