This must be a pain to read from the beginning.
So I finally get to see this specialist. I fill out a few forms and as the guy is looking through the papers he stops and goes, "That's interesting, you grind your teeth at night? That might explain a few things".
Remember how I mentioned how one of the potential causes for my sleep apnea could be my jaw causing my throat to close up? Turns out, grinding your teeth at night is sometimes your body's way of forcing your jaw off so you can breathe again.
I get to chose between breathing or maintaining my awesome smile.
I've had the teeth grinding problem for (surprise surprise) years as well. I got a mouth guard to wear at night so I don't destroy my teeth in my sleep. So the next step is to go get a specially made mouth guard that not only prevents the teeth grinding BUT also stops my jaw from crushing things.
Oh! And you know what else the specialist told me? "You might have a special case for sleep apnea. We only see this kind of thing in tall and thin Asian males".
TALL, THIN, ASIAN MALES.
I WONDER WHAT OTHER HEALTH PROBLEMS THESE GUYS GET.
I also wonder what other surprises my genes have in store for me.
Unfortunately, I guess the earliest I can see the orthodontics guy is in February. Which means there won't be an update to this until then.
In the meantime, I'll be using my Abnormal Psychology's professor's audio lectures to help me fall asleep.
If his voice can make me sleep in class, it can make me fall asleep anywhere.