I got involved with the treatment of sleep apnea. It was a very personal decision. I had a good friend of ours that had a massive stroke. I think with some of the knowledge I have today, if I could have intervened, we could have prevented the sequence of events that happened with him and his family.
Secondly, I was personally affected by the sleep apnea, which I had no idea that I had it. I thought it was really just for obese or overweight people, but my personal experience just seeing without even knowing that I had it, and all of a sudden being treated with it, it's not only helped my life and given me more energy, feeling like I'm rested. I just feel like I get so much more done.
Probably the most impactful thing too, and I've had this with a few patients, but my sister I had spoken with for three years, that we saw some signs that I wanted to get her tested. And she said, "No, I sleep fine," which is a real common thing that I hear from a lot of patients. I treat sleep every day and I can't look at a person and say you have this or you don't, you really have to be tested.
After my mom had passed away, my sister and I were down there and I talked to her again. So she finally agreed, but my mom passed away on a Saturday and my sister a year older than me passed away the following Saturday, and we never got to test her.
So with me, it's very personal. I don't want people to have to go through that. Many people that don't even know they have it. 90% of the cases of obstructive sleep apnea are undiagnosed.
Personally, it's something to honor my sister's life, but I'm very, very passionate about helping people so they don't have to go through a sequence. I'm very thankful for so many physicians that send their patients to us for treatment, many of the times though, it's after a heart attack or after a stroke, I'd like to catch these early, so not wait for all the damage to be done internally. And I think by testing when needed, it's a way to identify and treat things at an early stage, just like we do with any of our other illnesses like cancer. We don't wait until it gets into stage four.
So that's where I'm very, very driven. I don't have a company, but I have a mission. There just happens to be a company with it. My mission is really to make people aware and to help give people hope for their future life and things they can do that are simple to prevent these things from happening.
Dr. James Ross has focused his training on sleep medicine. He understands the challenges of sleep apnea because he lost his sister to complications from sleep apnea and suffers from mild obstructive apnea himself. He has practiced dental sleep medicine since 2010. He is a member of several organizations devoted to treating apnea and other sleep disorders:
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine
- American Sleep & Breathing Academy, Board-Certified Diplomate
- International Academy of Sleep, Fellow
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine
Dr. Ross has worked hard to pass his Diplomate Exam with the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and achieve his Fellowship Award with The International Academy of Sleep to provide you with the very best of care.
Dr. Ross and his team are passionate about helping his patients get screened, tested, and treated. He personally knows how this overlooked but deadly condition can alter a person’s life and that of his/her family. Dr. Ross wants to help you navigate the complex medical maze of options, insurance, and follow-up visits to ensure the best version of you!
Dr. Ross and his talented staff look forward to meeting you at your free consultation.