Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village, CA
Breathing is essential to life, but medical science continues to build a consensus that the way you breathe plays a huge role in so many aspects of your health… including sleep! Your Agoura Hills sleep apnea dentists want to explore this issue further, and how we can help now that Integrative Dental Arts has become a Vivos Breathing Wellness Center.
You need a good night’s sleep to be at your physical and mental best
Medical science continues to build a consensus that living without proper sleep over a period of time has serious consequences. Researchers at the University of Chicago released a study last year in Acta Diabetologica examining 162 patients with some degree of abnormal glucose tolerance. Scientists measured the quality of their sleep in terms of both duration and efficiency using an actigraph device and then measured the cognitive ability of the participants via the Montreal Cognitive Assessment.
They found a significant link between poor performance on the cognitive function assessment and more inefficient sleep.
Breathing issues are linked to sleep disorders
You probably have heard of obstructive sleep apnea. This is a serious sleep breathing disorder that affects more than 22 million Americans. There are many physical, lifestyle, and environmental factors that can raise your risk factor of developing sleep apnea, but ultimately this disorder is caused by some sort of issue with the airway—either a narrow or obstructed airway, or a collapse of soft tissue into the airway when you sleep. A person with a severe case of sleep apnea may experience these airway impediments hundreds of times per night; each time a sleep apnea attack occurs, airflow becomes difficult or entirely interrupted, disrupting the sleep cycle as the brain sends signals to the body to resume breathing.
Common symptoms of mild to moderate sleep apnea include:
- Chronic snoring
- Frequent drowsiness or fatigue during the day
- Gasping or choking sounds while asleep
- Persistent headaches, especially first thing in the morning
- Mood swings or irritability
- Chronic pain
Vivos treatment for sleep apnea
Vivos oral appliances represent the latest exciting strides in the quest to correct breathing issues and the problems they cause. Vivos itself is a company that has its own network of providers, and constructs oral appliances according to the guidelines of Pneumopedics®, a treatment philosophy that is used to complete a physiological remodeling of the airway through the application of forces that impact the mandibular skeletal system, in addition to the soft tissue structures in the oral system.
Each Vivos oral appliance is safe, non-invasive, and can be used on patients of any age. This method of treatment also is non-invasive and is found to have a higher compliance rate among sleep apnea patients than the use of CPAP.
Your dentists at Integrative Dental Arts now offer Vivos appliances as part of our continued commitment to providing dentistry that serves the entire body, not just issues related to the teeth and mouth. Our lead dentist, Dr. Kathleen Carson, is herself a Vivos VIP Provider and a clinical advocate for these oral appliances.
To learn more about Vivos or schedule a screening where you can be evaluated for a sleep breathing disorder such as sleep apnea, call our office today at (818) 889-0400 to schedule a consultation.
Integrative Dental Arts proudly serves patients in Agoura Hills and Westlake Village in southern California.