At Shepherd Mall Family Dentistry, we understand that many patients don’t fully understand why they can’t seem to get the type of sleep they need to feel rested and ready to go the next day. If you experience daytime drowsiness, trouble staying focused, irritability, and feeling tired no matter how much sleep you received the night before, these are all symptoms of a sleep disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea.
As dental sleep medicine specialists, Drs. Allen and Flake can offer our Oklahoma City patients a solution designed to treat their sleep disorder quickly and with minimal disruption to their nightly routine. With the use of the innovative VIVOS System, our doctors can provide patients dealing with mild to moderate sleep apnea a permanent treatment option for getting the sleep they deserve.
How Sleep Apnea Impacts Your Ability to Rest
For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, their airways become partially blocked at night during sleep when soft tissue in the back of the throat relaxes to block their airway. This causes a disruption in breathing that reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches the brain. In danger of receiving too little oxygen, the brain shocks the body out of sleep to reopen the airway and restore the flow of air.
This cycle of falling asleep, the airway becoming blocked, and having the brain shock the body out of sleep can occur dozens of times an hour for patients dealing with severe obstructive sleep apnea. The resulting strain and additional stress this places on the body can increase a patient’s risk for a variety of health problems, including hypertension, heart attack, and stroke.
With the body being unable to sustain a state of deep sleep, the brain doesn’t receive the amount of REM sleep it needs to fully rest and recover during the night. Too little REM sleep disrupts the brain’s ability to stay focused, and prevents patients from feeling rested. This leads to the common symptoms of sleep apnea, such as daytime drowsiness and consistently feeling fatigued.
Unfortunately, millions of patients with obstructive sleep apnea fail to receive treatment for their disorder. Since the telltale snoring, restlessness, and gasping that often signal sleep apnea only occur at night, many patients fail to realize they even have a problem unless alerted to their disruptive sleep patterns by a bed partner or housemate.
If you experience the symptoms of sleep apnea and think you may have a problem getting the nightly rest you require, our team at Shepherd Mall Family Dentistry can help.
Introducing the VIVOS System
With the use of the VIVOS DNA appliance therapy system, Drs. Allen and Flake can offer patients dealing with mild to moderate sleep apnea a potentially permanent solution for treating their sleep disorder.
The Daytime-Nighttime Appliance (DNA) offers an innovative approach our doctors can use to treat a variety of sleep and breathing disorders. Using the DNA appliance, Drs. Allen and Flake can provide treatment assistance to patients dealing with:
- Sleep Apnea
- Trouble Breathing
- Facial Structure and Balance
How DNA Oral Therapy Works
The Daytime-Nighttime Appliance looks and functions much like a retainer. The majority of patients wear their appliance at night while asleep. However, unlike a retainer that simply protects the position of a patient’s teeth, the DNA gently and painlessly works to move a patient’s teeth, jaw, and facial structures into their optimal positions.
Using the scientific principle of epigenetics, the appliance utilizes the body’s own genes to enhance the growth of the jaw and nasal structures. The appliance can stimulate the jaw and the patient’s palate to grow in just the right way so that the necessary room is created that allows the airway to stay open at night.
Patients with sleep apnea can finally get the rest they deserve, as the DNA appliance helps to widen the upper arch of the airway, creating more space and preventing obstruction. Most excitingly, because the DNA causes permanent changes in the body, it can correct the issues that cause sleep apnea, permanently curing a patient of the disorder.
Your Key to a Better Night’s Sleep
With the VIVOS DNA Appliance System, patients can start receiving the night’s rest they deserve after just four easy steps.
- Step 1.) Initial Consultation: During your initial consultation with our dental sleep medicine specialists, you’ll undergo a series of diagnostic procedures designed to determine the severity of your sleep apnea.
- Step 2. Comprehensive Diagnosis: After completing your initial screening, our doctors will make a complete and comprehensive diagnosis of your sleep disorder.
- Step 3.) Airway Intelligence Report: With all necessary information collected, our doctors will create a custom treatment plan designed successfully treat your apnea.
- Step 4.) The VIVOS System typically requires between 12 to 24 months to complete. Your custom treatment plan will be tailored to meet your individual needs every step of the way.
Contact Our Office to Schedule Your Free Consultation
Why wait to get the better night’s rest you deserve. Contact our office today to schedule your Free Consultation and Initial Airway Diagnosis. Start getting the rest you need to succeed in your personal and professional goals by discovering what VIVOS can do for you.