Vivos Airway Health
Do you snore throughout the night and feel tired when you wake up? You may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Dr. Vincent Ip of Smile 360™ in Austin, TX, is a certified provider of the Vivos System, a groundbreaking therapy for OSA.
Learn more about this comfortable, non-surgical, and non-pharmaceutical approach to helping you get restful sleep...
What Makes Vivos Different?
For decades, dentists like Dr. Ip have been recommending oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The Vivos System is the next step in the evolution of dental appliances.
While traditional oral appliances alleviate snoring by opening up your airway during the night, they do nothing to actually modify the structure of your jaws. If you ever stop wearing your appliance, your airway will collapse again, and your snoring will return. Vivos oral appliances, on the other hand, combine the disciplines of dental sleep medicine and orthodontics. When you wear the custom-made Vivos appliance, it will both open up your airway and apply precise pressure to shift your teeth and reposition your jaws. Within two years, patients can achieve an enhanced airway structure that will stay open without the use of an oral appliance.
In short, the Vivos System can potentially offer you a permanent solution to snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Are You Ready to Sleep Soundly through the Night? Meet with Our Expert Dentist
Dr. Vincent Ip of Austin, TX, has dedicated much of his career to the study of sleep apnea. His expertise in these areas has earned him the prestigious title of Diplomate in the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Now, at Smile 360, every dental procedure he performs contributes to proper breathing, often improving the appearance of the patient's smile in the process.
Dr. Ip is a Smile (Air)chitect™ who specializes in Smile Rejuv(air)nation™.
If you are living with OSA, Dr. Ip and the Vivos System can help. Your journey towards a better night's sleep and improved health can begin today. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ip by contacting us online or by calling our Austin office.
Call Us: (512) 444-4746
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What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing while you sleep. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients with OSA stop breathing during the night because the soft tissues in their mouths and throats collapse and obstruct the airway, which often results in loud snoring and fitful sleep. Because patients with sleep apnea don't get the restful sleep they need, and because their oxygen levels can decrease dangerously during the night, they are at higher risk for health concerns like high blood pressure, heart disease, and depression.
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What Causes OSA?
A variety of factors contribute to airway collapse during the night, including a patient's weight and lifestyle choices, such as smoking cigarettes. However, one of the most common causes of OSA is a poorly developed upper or lower jaw, which dentists refer to as maxillary hypoplasia and/or mandibular retrognathia/retrusion.
Many of us have underdeveloped jaws to some degree, which is why so many people require orthodontic treatment and wisdom tooth removal. However, these therapies don't necessarily address the effect that underdeveloped jaws can have on the airway.
The Vivos System is designed to correct this root cause of OSA. Through the emerging science of Pneumopedics®, Vivos appliances induce changes in the dental structure over time, relieving the nightly obstruction of the airway.
Treatments for OSA
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are commonly recommended for patients with sleep apnea. CPAP does keep your airway open during the night, but many patients find the masks uncomfortable and cumbersome. The machine itself is loud, and very inconvenient when traveling.
A few surgical solutions exist for the treatment of sleep apnea. Some surgeries involve the removal of excess tissues, while others involve the placement of a "sleep apnea pacemaker." Of course, surgery carries inherent risks and should be avoided if possible.
Oral appliance therapy is a great solution for many sleep apnea patients. Specialized dental practices can create custom-fitted nightguards that shift the position of the jaws during the night, opening the airway. However, traditional appliances do nothing to address the underlying causes of OSA.
The Vivos System is truly a revolution in the non-surgical treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. The therapy consists of retainer-like devices that patients wear during the night. Not only do the devices shift your jaws to facilitate breathing and alleviate snoring, but they also apply precise pressure to reshape your oral structures and permanently improve the function of your airway. In less than two years, many of our patients in Austin, TX, can stop using the appliances and enjoy a life free of OSA.
Sleep Apnea Also Affects Children Vivos Can Help
Did you know that children can suffer from sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is particularly dangerous in young people because it can interfere with their physical and emotional development. Your child may suffer from sleep apnea if he or she struggles with:
- Chronic allergies
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Swollen tonsils and adenoids
- Trouble at school
- Frequent headaches
- Restless sleep
- Aggressive behavior
- Daytime drowsiness
- Nightmares or night terrors
- Arrested growth
- Crowded or crooked teeth
All of these conditions could be the result of your child not being able to breathe properly during sleep. The Vivos System is an ideal treatment for pediatric patients because it can permanently reposition their teeth and jaws, potentially saving your child from a lifetime of disordered sleep. Dr. Ip welcomes children at his practice in Austin, TX.
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Smile Rejuv(air)nation™ is Dr. Ip's focus at Smile 360 in Austin, TX. Every treatment he recommends has a twofold purpose: to improve the appearance of your smile and to contribute to a properly functioning airway.
Are you ready to meet with our Vivos-certified Smile (Air)chitect™? You can request a consultation right now by sending us an email or by giving us a call.
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The Vivos Treatment Timeline
How popular is the Vivos System?
More than 17,000 patients have improved their airway health through the Vivos System.
Are Vivos appliances uncomfortable?
Your devices will be designed based on highly detailed scans of your bite, so they should fit snugly and comfortably over your teeth. Within a few weeks, most patients get used to wearing the appliances at night and don't give them a second thought. Of course, if you ever need to make adjustments to your appliance, you can visit our Austin office.
Are there any risks associated with the Vivos System?
As a non-surgical therapy, the Vivos System involves very little chance of an adverse outcome. Because your devices will be designed by Austin's Dr. Ip and the experts at Vivos, you can trust that they will precisely address the cause of your OSA. The health risks of not treating your sleep disorder are far more serious than the risks of this non-invasive solution.