J. Sabo March 2019

Highland Springs HERALD

March 2019

701 Highland Springs Avenue, Suite 12 Beaumont, CA 92223 www.tmjandsleepapnea.com babylaser.com 951.769.1616

How I Found My Practice and Passion I’m Listening

W hen I was studying psychology during my undergrad, a group of dental experts came to my university with a peculiar test. The goal was to carve a 3D letter “H” in the corner of a block, and the score would determine our propensity for a hands-on career. During this seemingly odd task, I found myself captivated by how this task married artistry and attention to detail. This attraction to hands-on tasks had been ingrained in me from a young age. My parents designated most home improvements as family activities. As such, we were introduced to tools and techniques of various trades. This love of tools continues to the present day; Dad gifted me a new cordless chainsaw for Christmas last year! (Thanks, Dad!) Fast forward eight years and I had made my way through dental science prerequisites, a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology, and a doctorate of dental surgery degree at Loma Linda University School of Dentistry. After graduation, my clinical career started as an associate with two wonderful offices in Redlands. This valuable experience allowed me to discover what I enjoyed most about dentistry. The opportunity to purchase a practice arose two years later, and I jumped at the chance to build my own dental family. Jessica Wagner Sabo, DDS Inc. has been blessed over the years by this wonderful community, and I am humbled by our practice’s growth from friends telling friends about us. It’s our favorite way to grow! Over the last 14 years, my family has grown and so have the professional services I offer my patients. This change started when two of my loved ones presented with head and neck problems that I couldn’t help solve. A camping trip revealed that my son, 4 years old at the time, had fragmented breathing during sleep.

“… and I am humbled by our practice’s growth from friends telling friends about us. It’s our favorite way to grow!”

He was soon diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea. I didn’t know what to do to help him. Around the same time, another loved one was diagnosed with a TMJ disorder and trigeminal neuralgia. I didn’t know how to help her either. For someone that solved issues by digging her hands into them, I couldn’t sit by and let this be the reality for two people I cared about deeply. Because of this, I began taking on numerous residencies to gain more training and education in craniofacial pain and sleep disorders. Through this additional schooling, I was able to help quarterback the care for my son. His airway has grown, thanks to the removal of tonsils and adenoid tissues, as well as the orthodontic expansion of his dental arches. He is now 10 years old and a vibrant, budding jazz musician. The facial pain of my other loved one is well-managed now, and she is enjoying an improved quality of life with her condition. I have been blessed to become an in-network provider for Epic Health (which includes Beaver Medical Group) to treat our patients with TMJ, facial pain, and sleep-disordered breathing using their medical insurance benefits. This “tool girl” has continued to collect both physical and mental tools to help our patients navigate whatever issues the head and neck may develop. Let me know if you think any of these tools may help you or your loved ones. Thank you, and God bless.

–Dr. Jessica Sabo



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