Ryan C. Javanbakht
President | CEO | Apneic Patient
Ryan C. Javanbakht is the President and CEO of SleepTest.com. He co-founded the national home sleep testing service in 2016 after discovering his father’s life-threatening, cardiovascular condition was an avoidable one, had he only been given better access to and knowledge of sleep testing. He has since built a powerful team of motivated people whose desire it is to create a faster, more effective way of testing. He and his team wake up every morning with a purpose to provide care to the over thirty million American patients suffering with undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea.
Passionate About Helping People Live Better, Healthier & More Fulfilled Lives
Ryan has spent most of his professional career in healthcare because he loves to be in a role where he can help people live better, healthier, and more fulfilled lives. He started this journey in dentistry and orthodontics with Invisalign, and then made his way into the vascular world with Bard Peripheral Vascular (BD); however, Ryan fully committed to the field of sleep medicine when he learned his father’s detrimental, cardiovascular condition could have been improved with a sleep test. It wasn’t until after his father went through open-heart surgery, a triple bypass, multiple angioplasties and stent placements that he was prescribed a sleep test. After testing they learned that he had severe apnea and most likely led to his father’s cardiovascular issues. Both of Ryan’s parents have sleep apnea and have blessed him with a very narrow airway, leading to his own sleep apnea. Ryan is a big believer in all types of treatment but he and his parents all wear oral appliance therapy every night they sleep.
Educator & Advocate For Better Health Through Improved Sleep
The son of an educator, Ryan is a forever-student. He knows the value of learning and teaching. His degree in Psychology from the University of California, Davis, paired with his continued research in human behavior propelled him to lecture as an expert in testing and airway education, as well as psychology and communication. He’s lectured at many state dental board meetings, at the North American Dental Sleep Symposium, the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, California Dental Association, Obstructive Sleep Airway University, the American Academy of Physiological Medicine & Dentistry, i-CAT Congress, Vatech Symposium, and several other continued education events with Tucker Educational Excellence, Kavo, Invisalign, Henry Schein, Patterson, Benco, and Burkart. Beyond his speaking engagements, his work and his philosophies have been documented in multiple publications. Ryan tirelessly creates better options for the thousands of patients who have been and will be tested and diagnosed using the SleepTest.com service…and he believes this all begins with awareness and education.
Father & Community Member
Ryan maintains a valuable balance between helping others and finding his own fulfillment in those he loves. While he serves as a board member of the non-profit organization, Go Ministries, and is a servant leader at Harbor Point church, he is an avid reader who also values the joy of a great workout. Most important, he is a proud father raising his twins, Micah and Skyla, in sunny, Southern California. If you don’t catch him coaching Skyla’s soccer team, you’ll find him cheering on Micah’s football and baseball teams, taking both of them on Adventure Guides camping trips, snowboarding, or walking their dog, Luna, at Salt Creek Beach.
Finding out that you have obstructive sleep apnea is equal parts relief and uncertainty. On the one hand, you’ve finally discovered the cause of your snoring, daytime sleepiness, and cognitive changes. On the other hand, you’re left with a choice, should you use CPAP or oral appliance therapy to treat your sleep apnea?
Did you know that sleep apnea is 80% undiagnosed? That means that most people with sleep apnea don’t know they have it or have a suspicion that they do but haven’t been tested. That’s a scary thought because non-diagnosis means non-treatment. And when you go without sleep apnea treatment, you succumb to sleep apnea’s symptoms and put yourself at risk for other conditions that can arise due to sleep apnea.
Learning that you have sleep apnea can be both a relief and frustration. Relief because you finally have answers to why you’re so tired during the day, wake up with headaches, and have a short fuse (among other symptoms!). Frustration because it’s just another thing you have to deal with. Sometimes it feels like the punches just keep coming.