VIVOS Sleep Apnea Treatment
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when your body relaxes for sleep and the tongue and muscles in your throat soften. This occurs normally, but for some people, it causes the tongue to fall back and obstruct the airway.
More than a billion people suffer from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Fortunately, there is a long-term treatment solution we use at our Elizabeth Township dental office called VIVOS Therapeutics.
What Is The VIVOS Sleep Apnea System?
The VIVOS system uses an individualized protocol to treat mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), snoring, and sleep-disordered breathing in adults. It is an all-natural, non-invasive, and non-pharmaceutical approach to treating OSA and helping you get a good night's rest.
VIVOS sleep apnea treatment uses state-of-the-art oral appliances combined with a personalized treatment program developed by our VIVOS dentist and a team of medical professionals. While there are several approaches to sleep apnea treatment, such as snore guards, advancement devices, and CPAP, they only treat the symptoms of OSA.
Using VIVOS allows us to treat the underlying cause. When you follow your VIVOS treatment plan for 12-24 months, there's a high probability that you won't need further treatment.
What Are the Benefits of The VIVOS System?
The symptoms of sleep-disordered breathing, including OSA, don't just impact your sleep; they also affect your overall health, wellness, and quality of life. Numerous symptoms indicate sleep apnea, and the most obvious are snoring, mouth breathing, and gasping for breath.
However, many other signs are not as obvious but have a tremendous impact on your health and quality of life:
- Sleep deprivation
- Daytime sleepiness
- Chronic fatigue
- Inability to concentrate
- Chronic depression
- Persistent headaches
- Drowsy driving accidents
- Heart disease
There are numerous serious health issues associated with OSA. Because your body is oxygen-deprived for extended periods, sleep apnea strains your cardiovascular system. This puts you at increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke. Untreated sleep apnea has also been linked to a shortened lifespan.
How Does the VIVOS System Help with Sleep Apnea?
Every patient is unique, and the treatment recommended with the VIVOS System will vary from one person to the next.
However, the general goal of The VIVOS System is to address the underlying cause of sleep-disordered breathing by gradually expanding the palate or roof of the mouth. Expanding the palate creates more room in the mouth and airway, allowing you to breathe and sleep comfortably and get the rejuvenating rest your body needs.
For example, when the underlying cause is addressed directly, it can also decrease your risk for Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
What's Treatment Like with VIVOS Sleep Apnea System?
VIVOS System treatment starts with diagnostic testing performed by your healthcare team, including your physician and trained VIVOS dentist in Elizabeth Township, PA. The initial consultation involves a health screening, head and neck exam, 3-D cone beam scan, intraoral photos and measurements, and an in-home sleep test.
Once diagnostic testing is complete, your healthcare team compiles a report that includes a complete assessment and evaluation, airway measurements, treatment goals, your treatment plan, and healthcare and financing.
Your Personalized VIVOS Sleep Apnea Treatment Plan
Based on the data we obtained during your assessment, Dr. Jessica Zugai will develop a treatment plan tailored to your particular condition. Then, you will receive your customized VIVOS device and follow the treatment plan, wearing it for 12-24 months, usually during sleep.
Throughout treatment, you'll periodically visit your VIVOS dentist for adjustments to your appliance, working in collaboration with a sleep specialist.
Upon completion of treatment, many patients find the complete relief they need and typically do not require further intervention.
Schedule an Evaluation with Your VIVOS Dentist in Elizabeth, PA
More than 24 million people have sleep apnea that disrupts their sleep and their lives, but 80 percent of them don't know it. So if you suffer from symptoms like chronic fatigue even though you slept through the night, or your partner complains about your loud snoring and gasping, there's a high probability that you have obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.
Please call Elizabeth Township Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment with Dr. Zugai to see how The VIVOS System can benefit you.