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May 7, 2019

It's been 6 months since having maxillary and mandibular advancement with palatal expansion surgery to treat sleep apnea.  It's been a long journey with many appointments, but I can say that I've really started to see some positive changes. 

The most impressive of...

May 2, 2018

Three months after undergoing upper and lower jaw surgery to treat sleep apnea, and I'm finally starting to feel a bit more like myself.  My recent gum graft healed fairly quickly and I should be able to share some photos of that soon.  The jaw pain is slowly improving...

March 17, 2018

It's now been 6 weeks since having double jaw surgery to treat sleep apnea.  Weeks 5 and 6 were much easier than previous weeks, as many of the post-surgery issues I was dealing with have gotten significantly better.  

Most significantly, I've finally been abl...

March 4, 2018

Four weeks after my double jaw advancement surgery to treat sleep apnea has shown some interesting changes in my profile, with an improvement in the jaw and neck line.  Things weren't looking so great at the one week mark, but with swelling that was to be expected.  I...

February 25, 2018

The third week after my double jaw surgery (maxillary and mandibular advancement) to treat my sleep apnea has been an eventful one.  I started back to work on my normal schedule as a periodontist, so healing is no longer my full time job.  Plus, I've been going to the...

February 18, 2018

At nearly two weeks post-operatively, I'm finding that I'm getting a little better each day with some increase in energy levels as well.  Until this point, I had been taking 1-2 naps per day.  Now I don't need a nap, although it would be nice.  I've been able to start...

February 13, 2018

People have asked if all of this work that I did to treat my sleep apnea has been successful.  Well, I can say that I do feel better airflow through my nose when I'm laying down.  The problem is that I still can't lay down flat for very long, so it's hard to give a def...

February 11, 2018

So it's officially been two weeks since undergoing double jaw surgery to advance both my mandible and maxilla to improve my airway space to treat my sleep apnea.  My facial appearance is pretty normal at this point, as about 80% of the swelling has resolved, although m...

February 9, 2018

So it's been a week.  Gotta say I'm glad that week is over... 

Overall, there has been significant improvement in the amount of swelling, and the bruising is fading now with much more yellow in it than before.  My speech is still pretty difficult to understand and I can...

February 8, 2018

Our Amazon Echo (aka Alexa) could understand my garbled speech this morning, so that was an improvement!  Oh, the little things...  

Minor improvements in pain and swelling today, but my neck still looks like it belongs to a zombie. 

I realized my big mistake i...

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About Dr. Sarah

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As a periodontist, I went to 3 extra years of training after dental school to specialize in treating periodintitis, a condition affecting the bone and gums around teeth.  I learned so much about disease and surgery, but suprisingly little about nutrition and health, and how best to support your body as you recover from surgery.  Due to my own personal journey through IBS and major back surgeries, I have since become slightly obsessed about these topics, listening to literally thousands hours of health podcasts, going to health conferences, and reading many books on the topic.  I have found that many of my patients are also starving for this information, but don't know where to start.  I hope this can be the place!

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