Sleep Apnea is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder that afflicts millions of Americans. It’s more than just loud snoring that annoys your sleep partner. Because sleep apnea causes you to stop breathing for only a few seconds, but over and over, you never drift into deep sleep. You don’t even know you’re waking up. But your body knows because the next day, you are sleepy, cranky, unfocused, and suffering other unpleasant side effects. Worst of all, sleep apnea can cause lasting damage such as heart disease. Dr. Kitzmiller, a sleep apnea sufferer himself, has made it his business to help people in the Cincinnati, Milford, and Loveland area who suffer from sleep apnea, whether it is through his practice’s Oral Appliance Therapy or referral to a specialist for CPAP therapy. Throughout the years of treating his own patients with Oral Appliances, he was frequently asked, “Where can I donate my CPAP machine now that I am wearing an oral appliance?”
Unable to find a good resource for his patients, he and his wife, Lori, created “Breath of Life,” a CPAP donation program whereby gently used CPAP machines can be dropped off at our office, sent out to be refurbished, and then donated to sleep apnea sufferers in desperate need.
Over the years, Dr. Kitzmiller has collected nearly 100 CPAP machines from existing patients and area residents. Currently, he and Lori are working with Matthew 25 Ministries, who accept the donated CPAPs and use them in their local and national humanitarian and relief efforts.
Do you have a CPAP that you would like to donate? Call Lori at 513-248-8848 to make your donation drop-off plans! A patient in need will thank you for giving them “The Breath of Life”!