Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep disorder caused by abnormal anatomical features, notably an underdeveloped mouth and jaw. While an underdeveloped jaw may seem like a minor cosmetic problem, the fact is that it could be the primary cause of OSA, a severe sleep condition that is associated with several life-threatening health concerns. Vivos oral appliances can address the OSA disorder by realigning the airways and upper and lower jaws.
What Is Vivos?
The Vivos devices are flexible, plastic mouthpieces that resemble sports guards. They consist of a small tab that forces the tongue to lift and go up into the roof of the mouth. Vivos appliance therapy improves the balance of the bite and jaw structures and promotes the growth of the airway.
The appliances help reduce the obstruction of the airways, encourage better night-time breathing patterns and decrease jaw tension and teeth clenching symptoms. In addition, the need for more complex appliances like CPAP is eliminated. Vivos is a non-invasive, non-surgical, and cost-effective oral appliance therapy prescribed by dental professionals to treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
How Does Vivos Device Work?
The Vivos oral appliance encourages bone growth in the nasal passageways, mouth, and facial structures. It increases the upper airway area and optimizes the spaces between the upper and lower jaws. Additionally, the appliance helps balance the jaw structures in a more open and forward position. Night-time airway obstructions such as the tongue falling back into the throat can be prevented. Breathing patterns during sleep can be controlled, like helping more nasal breathing and inhibiting mouth breathing. With more space, the tongue fits better in the mouth. With the forward positioning of the jaw, the tongue postures are adjusted, pushing it away from the throat and airway. Vivos therapy enables the bite to be enhanced for better neuromuscular and biomechanical function.
Benefits of Vivos Therapy
Vivos therapy is different from other obstructive sleep apnea treatments. It is entirely non-surgical, comfortable, and easy to integrate into your everyday routine for a limited period.
The Vivos appliances are highly effective as they significantly reduce the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. People often experience life-changing results without using CPAP or other interventions. Most times, these results are lasting.
The Vivos treatment durations generally last for only twelve to twenty-four months, though the results can vary for every individual.
Eliminate Other OSA Treatments
Vivos therapy may eliminate the need for other lifelong obstructive sleep apnea treatments such as CPAP, surgery, and implant neurostimulation.
To learn more about our Vivos oral appliances, visit our office, Robert E. Anderson, D.D.S., at 4300 Golden Center Dr, Suite G, in Placerville, CA 95667. You can also reach us at (530) 622-9068 and schedule an appointment.