When asked to write this foreword, I was at first a bit shocked and dismayed. How can I provide a reason for you to take time out of your busy life and spend it reading about snoring? Snoring and its relationship to Sleep Disordered Breathing is a subject that is so misunderstood and quite scary once it is understood.
After all, as a Health Psychologist, my primary concentration is on Positive Psychology and how focusing on the positive can lead to a longer, healthier and happier life.
And then I read Dr. Sambataro’s book. I found the hope I was searching for.
True, snoring is NOT some odd and amusing behavior, but one that can have severe consequences, including death.
Research has shown that close to 40,000 people die each year from cardiovascular problems connected to Sleep Disordered Breathing.
Here are a few names you might be familiar with:
Jerry Garcia - Grateful Dead guitarist
Reggie White - NFL defensive lineman
Carrie Fisher – Actress
Anton Scalia - Supreme Court justice
John Candy – Comedian, actor
These famous people are all believed to have died from complications of Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is the more severe form of Sleep Disordered Breathing.
More than half of the U.S. adult population suffers from Sleep Disordered Breathing. About one in five suffers serious health consequences from the condition. Without treatment, the remaining four out of five will likely suffer the long term consequences of sleep interruption, oxygen deprivation, and chronic stress.
To make matters worse, roughly 85% of these people remain undiagnosed and completely unaware of the deadly consequences and health risks it poses. Both they and their healthcare providers attribute their various symptoms to stress, aging, or a multitude of other causes.
And for those diagnosed with Sleep Disordered Breathing, almost seven out of ten of them do not wear the prescribed CPAP machine. That’s a 70% failure rate for a device that is supposed to be the “gold standard” and has a high degree of success.
Snoring is a telltale sign of Sleep Disordered Breathing. That’s about half the adults in this country – many of whom deny that they snore.
So, you can see my dilemma. Anyone who snores should be scared. How can I be positive about something so health-destroying and even deadly?
Well, Dr. Sambataro provides the answer to my dilemma in the form of hope. Hope for the successful treatment for Sleep Disordered Breathing. This new treatment is slowly gaining recognition in the medical community and, as yet, is almost unknown to the public at large.
Primarily, this is a book about hope; about the healing role of the oral physician. Intraoral appliances and NightLase therapy offer the hope of effective intervention, possibly even a cure for Sleep Disordered Breathing. These are two drug-free treatments that an oral physician can provide.
But it goes beyond that. This book calls for a complete paradigm shift in traditional dentistry – away from the piecemeal emphasis on repair and replacement towards a more comprehensive focus on promoting whole-body health and creating emotional and spiritual balance.
This paradigm shift is the journey that Dr. Sambataro has been on for the 20-plus years that I have known him – first as a professional colleague then eventually as a friend. This comprehensive approach is a voyage towards ultimate health. Dr. Sambataro invites you to join him on this journey.
So, if you snore, read this book. You will gain a new appreciation of the importance of restful sleep, and it might even save your life.
Gene Eberts, Ph.D.