Many people suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). At Redwood Dental, we offer treatments using the Vivos System to help you treat this condition so that you can rest better at night and improve your overall health. Our dentist and team are committed to giving you back a healthy quality of life. We invite you to call Redwood Dental at 435-571-0288 to learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Providence, Utah, and to set up your consultation with Dr. Troy Walton.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by interruptions and pauses in breathing patterns while asleep. These interruptions are most frequently caused by airway obstructions, such as the tongue rolling back in the throat or collapsed airway tissues. These interruptions may occur multiple times each night, and result in a fragmented sleeping pattern as well as decreased oxygen levels in your body.
In many cases, OSA is a result of underdeveloped jaws. Underdeveloped jaws result in a narrower airway, which in turn makes it more difficult to breath normally while asleep. This condition may occur in both children and adults.
Because OSA is a sleep-related disorder, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. Many people with this condition are unaware that they suffer from it, and the problem is often noticed by a partner or loved one who realize that something unusual is occurring while the individual is asleep.
Some common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Choking, gasping, or snorting sounds during sleep
- The sensations of gasping or choking while asleep
- Hypersomnia (excessive daytime drowsiness)
- Long pauses or interruptions in breathing
- Abrupt waking during the night
- Headaches upon waking
- Waking with shortness of breath
- A dry mouth or sore throat upon waking
- Poor, fitful or restless sleep
- Depression and mood changes, including irritability
- Memory impairment and difficulty focusing
Additional symptoms may appear in children suffering from sleep apnea. Some of these symptoms include
- Arrested growth
- Academic challenges
- Behavior issues, including aggression
- Mouth breathing
- ADD or ADHD
- Chronic allergies
If left untreated, OSA can contribute to other serious medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, asthma, anxiety, depression, obesity, ADD, chronic pain, headaches and liver problems.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Our skilled dentist provides oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea and help you regain your health. At Redwood Dental, we use the Vivos System to treat your condition so that you can rest well at night and enjoy a healthier quality of life. The Vivos System is an excellent option for those who suffer from chronic snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea.
The Vivos System is different than other oral appliance therapies. Not only does the Vivos System help to keep your airway open for normal breathing it stimulates jaw growth which remodels and improves your airway. Normal breathing is silent and through your nose. When you are breathing normally, you are breathing quietly and effortlessly. Normal breathing allows your body to receive normal, restorative sleep so that you awake refreshed. Snoring and sleep apnea are not normal breathing patterns. This is especially important when treating children, as it helps to prevent the jaws from developing incorrectly and causing or exacerbating OSA in adult life.
During your initial consultation, Dr. Walton will use advanced scanning technology, CBCT, to take precise measurements of your airway and jaws. This will ensure that your Vivos appliance fits perfectly. When you wear your Vivos appliance, it will keep your airway open through mandibular advancement – or by holding your jaw in a slightly forward position. This prevents the soft tissues of the throat from collapsing and the tongue from rolling back. The Vivos System will work to correct the underlying problems causing narrow and constricted airways so that your jaws can expand to their proper positions. This combination of mandibular advancement and correcting the problem of underdeveloped upper and lower jaws will allow you to get the rest you need.
If you have any questions about the Vivos System, oral appliance therapy or obstructive sleep apnea, please contact our office. We will be happy to provide you with additional information and help you schedule your consultation with Dr. Troy Walton.