Treat the root cause of sleep apnea

CPAP therapy is an effective way to address the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but many patients find their machine to be inconvenient and uncomfortable. Plus, a CPAP cannot provide a permanent solution to sleep-disordered breathing. Fortunately, alternative treatments are available. One is the innovative Vivos system. This remarkable protocol non-surgically addresses the anatomical abnormalities that cause OSA. Dr. Gutschow is proud to be a Vivos-trained medical professional.

Your Jaw and Sleep Apnea

One common culprit behind OSA is the failure of the jaw to develop properly. Maxillary hypoplasia is a term that refers to the underdevelopment of the upper jaw. Mandibular retrognathia defines a lower jaw that is set too far back. Both of these conditions can result in a compromised upper airway and lead to the repeated pauses in breathing that define obstructive sleep apnea.

How VIVOS works

Vivos is a nonsurgical method for correcting maxillary hypoplasia and mandibular retrognathia. It uses a daytime-nighttime appliance (DNA) system to apply gentle pressure to the palate, gradually expanding it to correct maxillary hypoplasia. It may also involve the use of a mandibular repositioning-nighttime appliance (mRNA), the purpose of which is to train the lower jaw to rest in its proper position.

Together, the DNA and mRNA remodel and/or reposition the jawbone so that it no longer has any effect on the upper airway. After you finish your treatment with the Vivos system, you should be able to sleep soundly every night without the use of a CPAP machine.

The Treatment Process

If you would like to take advantage of the Vivos system, your journey will begin with an in-depth medical consultation and some diagnostic tests. These tests may include a home sleep study, a CBCT scan, a head and neck examination, and more. The data collected from them will let us know whether the Vivos system would be a viable CPAP alternative for you. It will also help us map out your personalized treatment plan.

If you are a candidate for Vivos, you’ll wear your custom oral appliances as instructed by Dr. Gutschow. On average, Vivos treatment lasts for 12 – 24 months. You’ll visit Dr. Gutschow periodically throughout that period so she can adjust your appliances and monitor your progress.

Benefits of VIVOS

The Vivos system offers numerous benefits, including:

  • The appliances are comfortable
  • The appliances are nearly invisible
  • The Vivos system is non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical, which means it is an extremely low-risk treatment
  • You may begin to notice results within the first few days or weeks of treatment
  • Vivos permanently addresses one of the main causes of OSA
  • After completing the Vivos protocol, many patients no longer require any type of OSA treatment