Dr. Barewall was highly recommended by a friend who had seen her to stop his snoring. I learned that I needed to complete a sleep study to assess whether or not I also had apnea before seeing her. This took some time. So in the meantime, I found an over the counter device that stopped my snoring. Going into the appointment, my question was if it was worth it to pay about $3K more for a fitted device when I had found another solution for less.
Her assistant, Gina, was outstanding. Besides being personable, she was very knowledgeable and passionate about snoring solutions. I asked her many questions since I didn't know how much time I'd get with Dr. Barewall. I felt that she wasn't pushy about their products, which would have turned me off. So I was already feeling more informed and positive before I met with the doctor. She knew a lot and shared with me what she felt confident about and encouraged me to ask Dr. Barewall some questions directly.
Dr. Barewall spent a lot of time with me. It's clear she is very intelligent and articulate. She looked me in the eye when we were talking and I felt she was giving me her full attention and caring about my questions. I walked away feeling confident that since the other device had worked for me, a fitted one would be successful, and worth the investment to have a much lower profile device, and one that allows for talking, drinking, and for lips to be closed when wearing. After all, I will be wearing it for many hours of my life!
So, I was very impressed with the initial meeting. Stay tuned to see if the device works as expected. I think that it will.