Sleep Disorders

Sleep problems are an epidemic today.

Compare sleep problems to the COVID-19 (Wuhan Flu) epidemic: which one is worse?

Sleep Disorders:

  • 50 to 70 million people in the US suffer from one, or several, sleep disorders
  • Over 100,000 deaths attributed to medical errors due to sleep deprivation
  • Many more cases of Sleep Apnea go UNDIAGNOSED!
  • Increased risk of contracting viruses, like COVID-19

COVID-19:

  • 1.3 million have been affected by COVID-19 as of April 2020
  • 66,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19
    • Suspected that 80% of COVID-19 deaths had:
      • Previous deficient airway
      • Sleep Apnea
      • Sleep Deprivation

Who has Sleep Apnea?

You? A Spouse? A Family Member? A Friend?
How can you find out?

(*External link, scroll down to “Take the Self Assessment”)

Sleep problems are common.
The standard, first-line of care that has been adopted for treatment in the field of Sleep Medicine is the oral Jaw Positioner.

You may always be tired in the morning , dozing during conversations or while driving. Snoring is a common indicator of sleep disorders. Or you may have had a medical sleep study provided for you.

Our Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT),  can be very effective for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. A sleeping appliance can be an excellent alternative for patient’s who are non compliant with their CPAP machines. OATs are sometimes used in combination with CPAP in order to reduce complications with patient compliance.

The FDA has approved nearly 100 oral devices. The oral appliances are used in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. In most cases, the oral appliance is designed to move the lower jaw forward. This allows the doctor to adjust and place the patient’s jaw in the best position or most optimal position to provide the patient with the best airway possible. Correct jaw re-positioning is the best way to open the airway and improve oxygen consumption. The appliances are custom to the patient and fitted by the dentist who has been trained in dental sleep solutions. Due to the vast number of oral appliances available, the patient should be examined and proper diagnostics should be taken before ordering and fitting a sleep solution appliance.
Sleep Apnea:
When does it begin?
Does it "go away?"

No, it gets worse as you age UNLESS it is treated.

Solutions to Sleep Problems:

Appliance Therapy

  • Removable 
  • Fixed

CPAP

Physiologic

  • Lose Weight
  • Improved Conditioning
  • Myofunctional & Breathing Therapy
  • Quit Smoking

Surgery

Medication

Do Nothing

Our #1 Appliance Therapy for Adults & Children
DNA (and mRNA)


Appliance= An intraoral device to provide beneficial Orthodontic/Orthopedic results from therapy

Epigenetic Appliance
Epigenetic Appliance
Epigenetic Orthodontic Appliances function by stimulating the genome to utilize the body’s biologic dynamics which will provide the most optimal result of total balance.

They look like an Orthodontic appliance – but they’re different. These are Orthopedic and they grow the bone, moving the teeth with the bone growth. These appliances do NOT force the teeth into a position like Orthodontic appliances, which function from inflammation and osteoclastic (bone reduction) activity.

The DNA functions from Epigenetics. The DNA and the VIVOS Epigenetic appliances are painless when they stimulate bone to grow and the teeth move as a result of the bone growth.
Our Appliance Results…
An improved airway and a beautiful smile!
Other Appliance Therapy Examples

Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD)

 

Today we seldom these due to their limitations. Once these were the main therapy for snoring etc. and are still sometimes used today. These are nighttime appliances that are fixed to a position that forces the lower jaw to remain in a forward position all night long. Some have daytime adaptations and wear them 24/7, and some wear them to eat as well.

 

They do not allow for Biologic movement, but the movement is dictated by the providing dentist. These are used for sleep, snoring and TMJ Therapy. Some are more flexible than others. Their benefit is realized only when they are worn. They do not permanently increase the airway, and they can cause a derangement of the lower jaw into a forward position.

Please note- We do NOT use or recommend the following appliances!

 

Fixed Expansion Appliance Example-

 

This appliance is screwed into the palate and requires fixed braces to finish

What about a CPAP?

CPAP=Continuous Positive Airway Pressure

 

We don’t use/recommend CPAP devices due to the many reported side effects.

CPAP Reported Side Effects Include:

  • Mask Allergy
  • Straps causing blisters and pain
  • Claustrophobia
  • Sore Throat
  • Occlusion Changes
  • TMJ
  • Facial Structural Changes
  • Periodic Leg Movements (PLM)
  • Sleep Partner Complaints
  • More Arousals
  • Travel Inconvenience
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