Sleep and Breathing for Adults

Sleep and Breathing

Signature Dentistry of Denver is dedicated to helping patients with sleep apnea find a permanent resolution to their apnea and/or snoring problems. While many doctors focus on treating only the symptoms of apnea, typically with medical devices such as cpap, Dr. Bennett and Dr. Khanjari are trained in The Vivos System. Vivos is an innovative sleep apnea treatment that addresses the root cause of apnea and snoring, creating lasting changes that improve your ability to breathe and the quality of your sleep. The best part about the The Vivos System is that it is a non-surgical solution. Over the past decade, over 14,00 patients have received treatment in the Vivos System – including Dr. Bennett! Both Dr. David Bennett and Dr. Hamid Khanjari were among the first 150 dentists in the world to complete Vivos training.

What is Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

Snoring is a sleep breathing disorder that can not only disrupt your sleep, but the sleep of those around you. Snoring is not simply a nuisance, it is a strong indicator of sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. This process deprives your body of the oxygen you need to properly function. When your body doesn’t receive the oxygen it needs, it can create a wide range of health problems. And while snoring is common for people with sleep apnea, many people with this condition aren’t even aware of it. Many people who snore or suspect they may have sleep apnea do not seek testing or treatment because of the cumbersome devices used to treat it. Now with Vivos, there is a treatment solution doesn’t require surgery or a lifetime of wearing a cpap or oral device to bed.

 

Adult Sleep Airway 3D Scan

Adult Sleep Test

What are the warning signs of Sleep Apnea?

  • Snoring
  • Feeling Tired 
  • Being Overweight 
  • Hypertension/High Blood Pressure
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Poor Memory
  • Mood Swings

What Are The Causes and Types of Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when there is an anatomical blockage of the airway. The most common blockage in adults is the tongue. This occurs when there is not enough room in a person’s mouth for their tongue. If a person has an underdeveloped upper and/or lower jaw, the tongue does not sit in the mouth where it should. When you lay down and your lower jaw relaxes as you sleep your tongue falls back into your airway. This is why people with OSA often snore or can sound like they are choking. Central Sleep Apnea occurs when the brain does not send the right signals to the muscles responsible for breathing. This type of apnea is less common, and cannot be treated by a dentist since the problem is not dentally related.

What Are The Health Problems Associated With Sleep Apnea?

There are many health problems that can arise from untreated sleep apnea. Without adequate oxygen, your body has a difficult time functioning, which has wide ranging effects, both in the quality and quantity of life. Severe and moderate sleep apnea in adults has been linked to stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression, anxiety, dementia, obesity, and heart failure. Even mild sleep apnea can have significant effects on your quality of life, whether it be a daily lack of energy, reduced performance at work, or sleepiness while driving. For these reasons and many more, if you believe you may have sleep apnea, it is critical that you come and visit us at Signature Dentistry of Denver, so we can help improve both the quality and quantity of your life!

What is Vivos?

The Vivos System represents a clinical breakthrough in the treatment of sleep disordered breathing including mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea resulting from underdeveloped upper and lower jaws. Vivos is being called the single biggest breakthrough for mild-to-moderate OSA since the cpap. This revolutionary approach targets the root cause of sleep disordered breathing without surgery.

How Does The Vivos System Work?

The Vivos appliance is a custom designed solution used to widen the upper arch and nasal passages, allowing more optimal airflow, more room for the tongue, and aligning of the bite. The Vivos appliance is worn during the night while you sleep, and is gently expanded over the course of treatment, which is generally between 12 and 24 months. During your treatment, our doctors will document the growth and expansion of your upper arch and airway. The Vivos System is non-surgical, and can permanently treat the obstruction so you can breathe better and don’t have to wear a cpap or sleep device for the rest of your life!

What Are The Steps In Vivos Appliance Therapy?

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At your initial sleep consultation, our team will listen to any concerns you have or symptoms you are experiencing, and complete a thorough examination to determine if you might have a breathing issue and whether you might be a good candidate for The Vivos System. If you have signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, we may recommend you complete either an at home sleep screening or we may refer you to a specialist for a complete sleep study.

At your initial sleep consultation, our team will listen to any concerns you have or symptoms you are experiencing, and complete a thorough examination to determine if you might have a breathing issue and whether you might be a good candidate for The Vivos System. If you have signs and symptoms of sleep apnea, we may recommend you complete either an at home sleep screening or we may refer you to a specialist for a complete sleep study.

At the diagnosis appointment, we take records that include photos, a 3D digital scan, and impressions of your teeth. Dr. Bennett and Dr. Khanjari have assembled a multidisciplinary healthcare team that will then review your data, records, and test results to establish your diagnosis. Our team consists of Dr. Bennett and Dr. Khanjari, a board certified Sleep M.D., and a Vivos Technician. These professionals will create your Airway Intelligence Report, which includes your diagnosis and treatment plan. You are unique and your treatment plan and custom Vivos Appliance that is designed from it will be tailored to address your particular condition.

At the diagnosis appointment, we take records that include photos, a 3D digital scan, and impressions of your teeth. Dr. Bennett and Dr. Khanjari have assembled a multidisciplinary healthcare team that will then review your data, records, and test results to establish your diagnosis. Our team consists of Dr. Bennett and Dr. Khanjari, a board certified Sleep M.D., and a Vivos Technician. These professionals will create your Airway Intelligence Report, which includes your diagnosis and treatment plan. You are unique and your treatment plan and custom Vivos Appliance that is designed from it will be tailored to address your particular condition.

At this appointment, you return to our office for delivery of your Vivos Appliance. Our doctors will tailor the fit of your appliance and give you special instructions regarding its use and wear based upon your treatment goals. In most cases, you will be instructed to wear your Vivos appliance at night.

 

At this appointment, you return to our office for delivery of your Vivos Appliance. Our doctors will tailor the fit of your appliance and give you special instructions regarding its use and wear based upon your treatment goals. In most cases, you will be instructed to wear your Vivos appliance at night.

 

You will return to our office every 4 – 6 weeks for a brief visit with us. At these appointments, our doctors will tailor your Vivos appliance to fit the new expanded shape of your upper arch and airway. They will also track and document this expansion and provide additional instructions for your appliance wear based upon your progress. Vivos treatment typically takes between 12 and 24 months.

You will return to our office every 4 – 6 weeks for a brief visit with us. At these appointments, our doctors will tailor your Vivos appliance to fit the new expanded shape of your upper arch and airway. They will also track and document this expansion and provide additional instructions for your appliance wear based upon your progress. Vivos treatment typically takes between 12 and 24 months.

Why choose Signature Dentistry of Denver for Vivos Treatment?

Over the past decade, over 14,00 patients have received treatment in the Vivos System – including Dr. Bennett! Both Dr. David Bennett and Dr. Hamid Khanjari were among the first 150 dentists in the world to complete Vivos training. At your initial consultation, our doctors will determine whether you are a good candidate for this treatment by using state of the art screening tools, 3D digital imaging, and a personalized approach to discover how we can help you. If you are a good candidate, our doctors will create your individual treatment plan.

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