MC's Story

I was treated with extraction orthodontics from 1995-1999 in Hawaii from ages 13 to 17 years old. 4 bicuspids were removed. I distinctly remember the orthodontists pulling my upper and lower backwards during the course of the treatment. In 2002, I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed which I believe further contributed to the development of sleep apnea. My sleep apnea symptoms began soon after the orthodontic treatment began but I just didn't realize it at the time. It wasn't until the symptoms gradually worsened over the years when I was finally diagnosed with sleep apnea in 2010. Never would have thought I would have sleep apnea as I was a competitive distance runner so was way under the average weight for my height.

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