Do you have Sleep Apnea? Does someone you love have it? Does it ever make you feel LOST? Sort of feels like being whisked away to a strange ISLAND sometimes, doesn't it?
Well, if this is how you've been feeling, FEAR NOT! Dr. David McCarty and Dr. Ellen Stothard have made you a MAP!
Welcome to the ISLE OF SLEEP APNEA ("I love Sleep Apnea"--tee hee!)--a magical island full of mystery and wonder. As the saying goes: It doesn't matter how you got here, sugar; You can't swim home!" Guess we'd better start exploring!
Your first stop will be an educational loading-zone of sorts--The Bay of Narrative. Here's where you'll learn that it really IS all about YOU! You'll learn the language of your own Sleep-Wake Complaints, and piece together how these malfeasances fit in with your Sleep Apnea diagnosis.
From there, we'll visit the FIVE REASONS TO TREAT MONUMENT (and Coffee Hut!), to take a deep dive into the WHY of Sleep Apnea. Why should you treat it? What reasons are important to YOU? Over Pie and Coffee, you'll parse out these REASONS carefully, thoughtfully, mindfully.
After you're clear on the REASONS TO TREAT, you'll have to decide HOW you'll seek transit over to TREATED TERRITORY, crossing the deep and turbulent RIVER OF DECISION. Positive airway pressure therapy, oral appliance therapy, surgery, hypoglossal nerve stimulation therapy, airway retraining exercises, position therapy, Airway Centered Dentistry...so many choices! Whew! This book gives you boots-on-the-ground wisdom so that you can feel comfortable with your decisions!
In PART THREE, you'll then journey into some of the most mysterious parts of the ISLE as you tour common COMPLICATIONS and COMPETING DIAGNOSES. You'll gasp at the many forms of positive airway PRESSURE TOXICITY! You'll swoon as you learn about the terrors of the Willis Ekbom Wilderness (Willis Ekbom Disease is the fancy name for Restless Legs Syndrome!). You'll master the landscape of INSOMNIA BADLANDS, and you'll trek through the lonely terrain of the MIRE OF PERSISTENT SLEEPINESS. You;ll even get to look under the hood about how SLEEP-WAKE actually WORK, learning about the TWO PROCESS MODEL OF SLEEP-WAKE REGULATION. This will include learning to use Empowered Sleep Apnea's exclusive neato CrackerJack-Box decoder-ring Gizmo The Circadian Rhythmo-Wheel, which will help you understand your OWN circadian rhythm!
Finally, you'll get a tour of a truly professional-grade problem-solving tool called THE FIVE FINGER APPROACH, as you tour the orienteering geologic miracle of FIVE FINGER APPROACH MOUNTAIN.
Wouldn't you like to have an ENTIRE CAREER OF WISDOM, from one of America's MOST EXPERIENCED PATIENT-CENTERED SLEEP CLINICIANS, all packed into one amazing, beautiful adventure book?
Isn't it time you felt EMPOWERED?
Come to the ISLE. Change your LIFE!
"...a masterpiece in the landscape of patient-centered education."
--Pat McBride PhD; Executive Board of Directors, American Academy of Dental and Physiological Medicine; Executive Director for The Foundation for Airway Health; Advisory Board for The Endeavour: A think tank of multidisciplinary practitioners created to develop messaging, education and treatment protocols to address the multiple issues facing airway, health and development issues in 0-71 month old children around the world
"Empowered Sleep Apnea is an absolute must-read, for providers and patients alike. It’s a wonderful reminder of what it means to be a healer.”
--William Lester, MD, MS; Massachusetts General Hospital-trained board-certified internist; Primary Care Internist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Medical Informatacist, Harvard Medical School