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What is Sleep Apnea

More than 22 million Americans suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, a condition studies have shown to be directly correlated to anxiety and chronic fatigue. The majority of people who suffer from sleep apnea aren’t aware they are suffering from sleep apnea, and perhaps as much as 90% of the Americans who have it are undiagnosed,. If you suffer from daytime sleepiness, can never seem to get enough sleep, have depression or another mood disorder, or have been diagnosed with cardiovascular conditions like high blood pressure or coronary artery disease, you may have sleep apnea.

Sleep Apnea can be seen in children too. They manifest as ADHD, bedwetting, grinding, snoring  and under eye dark circles.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Snoring
  • Severe Anxiety
  • Facial Pain
  • Morning headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Frequent throat infections
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loss of motivation
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Weight gain or difficulty losing weight
  • Autoimmune diseases such hypothyroidism/diabetes

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes you to periodically stop breathing while you sleep. This condition can lead to several serious health problems if left untreated. Dr.Reddy can provide appliances and devices to help treat sleep apnea and allow you to rest better at night. For more information about sleep apnea therapy in Irving, dallas, grandprarie, colleyville, Texas, and to make your appointment with our experienced dentists, please call Dr.Reddy at 214-492-1171

 

 

Children and Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB)

Only in the last 20 years has research established the connection between certain common childhood health issues and a single likely root. – Sleep Disorderd Breathing (SDB)

The symptoms associated with SDB can vary from one child to the next, but even mild SDB (mouth breathing, crowded teeth, snoring) can point to serious underlying health issues and the need for treatment.

  • Pediatric sleep disorders impact a child’s behavioral, cognitive, and physical development, with long-term consequences (Bonuck, Parikh, & Bassila, 2006; Montgomery & Dunne, 2007).
  • Children with SDB are 40 to 100 percent more likely to exhibit behavioral and emotional problems, including hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, social issues with peers, and conduct problems, including aggressiveness (Bonuck, 2012).
  • Children with cross bites (misaligned upper and lower teeth) are 3.3 times more likely to suffer from SDB, while children with convex facial profiles (i.e. receding chins) are 2.6 times more likely (Finland Study 2013, published in European Journal of Pediatrics).

The research is clear – SDB is the underlying condition that often gives rise to many childhood health issues.
Children with wide, forward dental arches who breathe through their nose sleep better, and children who sleep better perform better in school, behave better, and experience fewer health issues.
Unfortunately, childhood sleep disorders are becoming far more prevalent among our youth, and far too many parents and healthcare providers are unaware of the dire consequences.

Bedwetting and your Child’s Dental Development. How are they connected?

Bedwetting can be caused by a compromised airway which can lead to Sleep Disordered Breathing (SDB). Over just the past 20 years, compelling research from around the world has forged important links between SDB and certain childhood health issues that plague as many as 9 out of 10 children.

The Importance of Your Child’s Airway. What are the side effects of a compromised airway?

The central issue for many children suffering from the effects of SDB is a compromised airway. When a child’s airway is narrow, underdeveloped, or constricted in any way, the child will struggle to get enough oxygen at night and may resort to mouth breathing. Bringing the upper and lower jaws forward while making them wider can help open up the airway of a growing child.

Dangers of Mouth Breathing, Why is it a problem?

Mouth breathing is different from nasal breathing and often leads to further compromises in the airway. Mouth breathing is often cited as a contributing factor in a compromised airway, and in patients who require orthodontic treatment. It can also prevent the proper function of the tongue and other orofacial muscles children need to speak, swallow, chew, and function. Mouth breathing can also cause the delicate tissues of the tonsils and adenoids to swell and become enlarged, which can further restrict the airway and thus perpetuate the cycle of needing to mouth breathe.

“We believe elimination of oral breathing, i.e., restoration of nasal breathing during wake and sleep, may be the only valid “finish line” in pediatric sleep disordered breathing.” C. Guilleminault, S. Sullivan, 2014 – Stanford University

The Dental Connection

Many young children with SDB have dental arches that are underdeveloped, narrow, and positioned too far back. A normal human profile should have the lips and chin positioned well in front of the eyes with a strong jawline. Unfortunately, in most cases, such growth and development doesn’t happen on its own.

In our modern world of limited breastfeeding and soft, processed foods, far too many of our children are simply not developing fully in their lower facial areas. If allowed to persist during their formative early years, this condition prevents proper growth and development of a child’s airway.

Early Treatment is Critical

If these abnormal conditions are left untreated in children, by the time they are fully grown, there is little that can be done to correct them.

All too often, teeth become overly crowded and extractions are prescribed, followed by years of braces. Eventually, many of these children will grow into adults with SDB, who may eventually require CPAP machines to obtain the oxygen they need at night – all because their airways were never allowed to fully develop.

By expanding the entire anatomy of the upper and lower jaws, the airway can expand and develop to its full potential. If treatment intervention occurs during a child’s critical growing years, many of the symptoms associated with SDB greatly diminish or simply disappear.

Does your child exhibit any of the symptoms linked to Sleep Disordered Breathing?

Sleep Apnea in Children:

Sleep Disordered Breathing

  • Restless Sleep/Arousals
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Bed Wetting
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Nightmares
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Aggression/Defiance/Anger
  • Lower IQ/Difficulty in School

Underdeveloped Dental Arches & Jaws

  • Limited or No Breastfeeding
  • Weak Tongue & Orofacial Muscles
  • Soft Diet/Processed Foods
  • Poor Oral Habits (thumb/finger sucking, tongue thrust, etc…)

Compromised Airway

  • Mouth Breathing/Snoring
  • Swollen Adenoids/Tonsils
  • Low Tongue Position/Tongue Thrust
  • Crowded/Crooked Teeth
  • Overbite/Crossbite
  • Overjet/Open Bite

The Cause

Failure of the upper and lower jaw to develop properly is a common cause of obstructive sleep apnea. This condition, called maxillary hypoplasia and/or mandibular retrognathia/retrusion, often results in a compromised upper airway.

Early intervention is key : Dr.Reddy will do a thorough evaluation of your childs face, neck, mouth, gait and posture and access tongue thrusting,  mouthbreathing, grinding, snoring and other habits such as thumb sucking.

Dr.Reddy uses guides or snore guards to start myofunctional therapy and osteopathic doctors to establish a comprehensive treatment plan for your child. Misdiagnosis is happening symptoms are varied and multifactorial

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DNA Appliance Therapy

Vivos Appliance is the onlbest treatment option for TMJ Pain and Sleep Apnea

What is the DNA Appliance?

Vivos DNA device can correct or improve problems causing TMJ pain, obstructive sleep apnea, orthodontic teeth crowding, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS) and many postural problems. How and why? Because the root causes of all these problems are closely related – 1) Airway and Breathing patterns during sleep 2) Bite imbalance and teeth clenching and grinding at night. The Vivos is a unique oral and facial growth appliance because it works for adults. There many options for kids expanders and anterior growth appliances, but very few appliances work for adult forward growth.

How Does the Vivoslife DNA Treatment Work?

The Vivos device is the only FDA approved device to treat sleep apnea. It works by stimulating bone growth in stem cells in the mouth, facial structures and nasal passageways. Or simply put, DNA treatment results in increasing the size of the upper airway and optimizing the spaces about the upper and lower jaws. The therapy increases the upper airway size and balances the jaw structures in a more open and forward position. . Breathing patterns during sleep can normalize such as more nasal breathing and less mouth breathing.

Vivos DNA Clears Airway Obstructions & Corrects OSA and TMJ

After having Vivos therapy, the problem is corrected and the appliance usually does not need to be worn anymore. Average treatment times range between 9 – 18 months. Most conditions will be cured or dramatically improved. Sounds too good to be true? There are two reasons why this treatment is not better known and more widely used:

Lack of education. Most dentists are not educated about the link between sleep and bruxism and TMD problems. For that matter most physicians are not educated about this either.

DNA therapy is complex and not well understood in the profession. For that reason there are very few providers. Oddly, the treatment has lots of proven research and is FDA cleared for correction of sleep apnea. Hopefully more dentists will get educated and learn about the appliance. Additionally, hopefully, more physicians diagnosing sleep apnea will become aware of the DNA device.

Vivos Appliance is Removable and Worn at Night for 9-18 months

The Vivos appliance is removable and easy for adults to tolerate. It only needs to be worn in the evening and through the night. At the end of treatment the appliance can be retired and does not need to be worn forever. The difference between the DNA device vs night guards and dental snore appliances: DNA corrects or dramatically improves TMJ dysfunction and sleep apnea problems by promoting growth in the upper airway and balancing the dental occlusion and bite. In contrast a night guard or silent nite is an appliance that manages a problem and is worn for the rest of your life.

Dr. Sonya Reddy, DDS is a Vivos DNA appliance provider who sees patients from all over DFW and surrounding area and travelers from around the United States. Dr.Reddy has two locations, Professional Dental and Smileup Dentistry in irving and Bartonville locations “DNA vivos therapy is the biggest advancement to dentistry since the dental implant…and may be more important since the appliance can prevent tooth loss and the future need for tooth replacement. Many people who end up needing full mouth dental implants should have gotten a DNA 10-20 years prior”

DNA is a Natural and non-surgical Sleep Apnea Therapy

Because the Vivos DNA device creates more room in the mouth, it naturally treats obstructive sleep apnea by enlarging the airway and creating more room in the mouth, nasal passageways and throat. The appliance therapy is very popular among holistic and biological dentists and many other myofunctional therapists. More recently the treatment has become more mainstream as Vivoslife purchased the DNA appliance from Dr. Singh (the inventor of the appliance). While Vivos has spent more money in promoting the DNA device, they have also increased the cost of the appliance to their treating dentists by more than 300%. The dentists are being charged a higher fee for manufacturing the same appliance plus franchise-like fees for joining/becoming a “Vivos Integrated Practice” Many dentists have been forced to increase DNA appliance costs to patients. But Vivoslife has added value sleep apnea therapy with the Vivos device. They have improved education about the appliance. Improved the diagnostics dentists are doing prior to starting a patient in treatment. And added validity and acceptance to DNA therapy.

We are not here to say this is good or bad, but we do love the appliance and we hope they can make enough money to continue making the appliances. We also hope DNA device costs can remain affordable. Agencies like the FDA and trademarking can be very time consuming and expensive. Other professionals such as orthodontists do not agree with all the claims Vivos and Singh have made about the appliance. Many of the DNA theories, if assumed to be true, would suggest an entirely different approach to treatment than what is common in the average orthodontic office. Most dentists currently believe adult jaw bone does not grow which has been completely disproven by Vivos and Singh. Obviously, more research and communication needs to be had here, but the FDA does not clear appliances without strict proof, so it is obvious that the DNA appliance delivers on its claims and then some.

What is the Vivos DNA Device?

The DNA ( daytime nighttime appliance ) is a combination of 1) TMJ-TMD night guard, 2) palatal expander 3) retainer. Long story, short, the DNA device will balance the bite relationship between the upper and lower jaws, create more room in the mouth for optimal tongue function and open the airway for better breathing – especially night time breathing. The Vivos device is a removable appliance that is worn at night time. The appliance is more effective than surgery in correcting many TMJ and obstructive sleep apnea problems. The Vivos device is FDA cleared for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

Video of how the Vivos Appliance treatment Works. Notice how the mouth, jaw and spaces get larger
Dr Dave Singh of Oral Systemic Link, is the inventor of the DNA system and epigenetic orthodontics and orthopedics and pneumopedics. DNA appliance reviews so far have been great. Dr Singh has done a great job of everything except marketing the DNA to dentists and the general public. The Vivos is FDA cleared for treatment of mild to moderate OSA or sleep apnea. For some reason, many sleep specialists are not aware of this unique appliance. We attempt to advance this wonderful appliance for upper airway and TMJ disorder treatment. This appliance has helped so many people get better with the unique and novel non surgical TMJ disorder relief option. Anyone suffering from TMJ pain, snoring or has bruxism and tooth wear issues should look at this unique treatment option. TMJ specialists and sleep doctors alike should learn about the benefits of the Vivos treatment.

Benefits of DNA Device Therapy:

  • No more Migraine Headaches
  • Resolves TMJ pain symptoms
  • Reduces jaw tiredness and fatigue from TMD
  • Improves obstructive sleep apnea and airway problems
  • Reduced teeth wear
  • Painless non surgical treatment
  • Larger and more optimal sinus spaces meaning fewer sinus infections and headaches
  • Fewer cavities and less dental work
  • Improved posture
  • Easy and painless removable appliance only needs to be worn at night time for a treatment period (not for the rest of your life)
  • Improved nose breathing
  • Decreased or Resolution of Snoring
  • Better deep sleep
  • Increased Energy
  • Decreased Anxiety
  • Improved Metabolism
  • Fewer root canals and less root canal extractions

How does DNA Appliance Treatment correct TMD and UARS?

A small mouth, small upper airway, crowded teeth, deep and narrow palate are things TMJ and Sleep Apnea people have in common. Individuals with small mouths and crowded teeth often do not have enough room in their mouth for their tongue to fit during deep sleep. During deep sleep, the tongue relaxes and falls back where it fits better, that is back into the throat and airway. The palate is the roof of the mouth and the base of the nose. “Small” often means, stuffy nasal passageways. Sometimes “seasonal allergies” can be improved by creating more room for seasonal irritants to drain and pass through the mouth and nose. A larger mouth also means larger sinus spaces that drain better and fewer sinus infections and headaches.

What happens during Vivos Therapy?

DNA therapy gently expands the upper jaw while keeping the bite balanced and optimizing spaces in the mouth and nasal passageways. The DNA is unique in that it treats the bite and the airway at the same time. Volumetric 3D expansion increases the size of the nasal passageways, the mouth and the airway. As the upper jaw grows bigger, the lower jaw enlarges and moves more forward into a more natural and optimal position. The lower jaw improvement improves the retrognathic or reverse position of the lower jaw. As the lower jaw moves forward, the tongue and soft tissue follow and have more room to exist and are further forward of the airway, creating a greater distance between the tongue and the airway. And viola, there is less obstruction of the upper airway. The result is improved breathing function, resolution of clenching problems and improved posture. Have you ever wondered why you can’t breathe well through your nose? Sinus pain and pressure is caused by small sinuses and poor sinus drainage.

Vivos DNA appliance before and after

The DNA Device allows the Dentist to do two important things:

Increases the width, depth and height / dimension of the mouth and airway. The DNA naturally creates more room in the mouth to permanently improve the structures of the jaws and breathing spaces.

Correct and cures TMJ problems by adjusting and optimizing the relationship between the upper and lower jaws during treatment.
The DNA is the best treatment to stop teeth clenching.

Other treatment are very supportive such as chiropractic. Chiropractic can reduce neck, shoulder and lower back pain in TMJ patients.
The DNA can correct and cure Sleep Apnea, TMJ Disorder, Orthodontic, and Posture Problems.

Patients who have DNA device therapy see improvements and sometimes complete cessation of TMJ Pain and Sleep Apnea. The unique appliance therapy is a great tool for the TMJ specialist. Dentists do not diagnose sleep apnea, but they can make the airway bigger with this novel therapy. Many sleep apnea specialists seek out dentists trained in sleep apnea dental appliance.

The DNA can be used for all ages. It is comfortable, painless and is only worn in the evenings and while sleeping. There is no comparable therapy to treat TMJ-TMD symptoms or sleep apnea. Any corrective therapies involve aggressive surgery. The DNA apparatus naturally corrects alignment of teeth, jaw balance, facial proportions and symmetry, upper airway, and neuromuscular harmony.

Vivos dental device results

Vivos device improved smile example

Not all DNA cases are the same

There is no cookie-cutter treatment. Many patients may present with common TMJ or OSA symptoms, each case has unique problems requiring a specific treatment course of treatment and a very specific design. Not all appliances and treatment plans are the same. Some cases can be easy and some can be very difficult.

Successful DNA therapy Involves

Diagnosing each case for the specific problems that exist. Designing a DNA appliance to correct jaw and facial bone problems that exist. There are 100s of different ways to design a DNA Appliance.

Other craniofacial and orthopedic appliances have existed in the past such as the ALF appliance. But DNA therapy is the best non-surgical treatment for TMJ and upper airway / sleep apnea issues.

Vivos MRNA photo

MRNA or mrna is basically a Vivos dna device with a mechanism built in to prevent the lower jaw or mandible from falling backwards at nighttime. Otherwise the mrna is the same appliance as a dna. A rigid bite index is created on the upper jaw or maxilla to hold the mandible in a more forward position at nighttime. The concept is the same as any snore appliance or mandibular repositioning appliance. Aka MRA or mra sleep apnea appliance.

More than 22 million Americans suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, a condition studies have shown to be directly correlated to anxiety and chronic fatigue. If left untreated, it can lead to numerous serious health conditions or even death. If you or someone you love is suffering from sleep apnea or sleep disordered breathing, we may be able to help

Sleep Disordered Breathing

  • Restless Sleep/Arousals
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Bed Wetting
  • Chronic Allergies
  • Nightmares
  • Daytime Drowsiness
  • Aggression/Defiance/Anger
  • Lower IQ/Difficulty in School

Underdeveloped Dental Arches & Jaws

  • Limited or No Breastfeeding
  • Weak Tongue & Orofacial Muscles
  • Soft Diet/Processed Foods
  • Poor Oral Habits (thumb/finger sucking, tongue thrust, etc…)

Compromised Airway

  • Mouth Breathing/Snoring
  • Swollen Adenoids/Tonsils
  • Low Tongue Position/Tongue Thrust
  • Crowded/Crooked Teeth
  • Overbite/Crossbite
  • Overjet/Open Bite

The Cause

Failure of the upper and lower jaw to develop properly is a common cause of obstructive sleep apnea. This condition, called maxillary hypoplasia and/or mandibular retrognathia/retrusion, often results in a compromised upper airway.

Early intervention is key : regarding child breathing

The Signs

Obstructive sleep apnea has many signs and symptoms—some are so common we ignore them or even consider them normal. The following are a few of the most common signs that you or someone you love is suffering from sleep apnea:

  • Snoring
  • Frequent sleep interruptions
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Morning headaches
  • High blood pressure

Breathing & Health

The Facts

  • PROPER BREATHINGis Fundamental to OPTIMAL HEALTH
  • If a Person BREATHES BETTER they will SLEEP BETTER
  • Improved Breathing & Sleep Leads to a BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE
  • Nasal breathing benefits

The Problem 

  • Underdevelopment of the upper and lower jaw bones, or mid-face hypoplasia often leads to an underdevelopment of the airway.  
  • Mid-Face Hypoplasia creates constrictions and obstructions making it difficult for oxygen rich air to get to the lungs. 
  • 90% of Americans unknowingly suffer from potentially serious conditions related to improper breathing and lack of quality sleep 

The Solution

NON-SURGICAL, NON-INVASIVE & PAIN FREE Appliance Therapy 

The Solution

The Vivos® System is a multi-disciplinary treatment protocol that may treat your sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing issues by helping to enlarge and readjust a compromised airway so that you can breathe more easily while sleeping.

Correcting problems within the airway may also help to eliminate many health concerns while restoring you to a life full of energy, optimism and joy.

The Vivos® System is a non-evasive, virtually pain-free approach. The treatment, which averages 12-24 months in duration, is non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical.

Find out now if you or your loved one is a good candidate for the Vivos® System by contacting our office today.

The Science

Pneumopedics® is the physiologic enhancement of the upper airway via naturally-occurring and treatment-induced changes over time. The Vivos System incorporates the science of Pneumopedics® in its treatment protocols for addressing maxillary hypoplasia and mandibular retrusion.

The Benefits

Sleep apnea affects every aspect of our lives. You’ll be amazed at the difference an effective breathing wellness program can have on your life and the lives of your family. It may reduce fatigue and anxiety, increase productivity, lessen the frequency and severity of headaches—the list goes on and on. Not only does the quality of life improve, but an effective breathing wellness program can reduce the risk of dangerous conditions such as hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.

*** Information and photos provided by Vivos®. To learn more about Vivos®, please visit www.vivoslife.com.

Breathe new life today.

For more information, give us a call today!

The Solution

The Vivos® System is a multi-disciplinary treatment protocol that may treat your sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing issues by helping to enlarge and readjust a compromised airway so that you can breathe more easily while sleeping.

Correcting problems within the airway may also help to eliminate many health concerns while restoring you to a life full of energy, optimism and joy.

The Vivos® System is a non-evasive, virtually pain-free approach. The treatment, which averages 12-24 months in duration, is non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical.

Find out now if you or your loved one is a good candidate for the Vivos® System by contacting our office today.

The Science

Pneumopedics® is the physiologic enhancement of the upper airway via naturally-occurring and treatment-induced changes over time. The Vivos System incorporates the science of Pneumopedics® in its treatment protocols for addressing maxillary hypoplasia and mandibular retrusion.

The Benefits

Sleep apnea affects every aspect of our lives. You’ll be amazed at the difference an effective breathing wellness program can have on your life and the lives of your family. It may reduce fatigue and anxiety, increase productivity, lessen the frequency and severity of headaches—the list goes on and on. Not only does the quality of life improve, but an effective breathing wellness program can reduce the risk of dangerous conditions such as hypertension, stroke, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.

*** Information and photos provided by Vivos®. To learn more about Vivos®, please visit www.vivoslife.com.

Breathe new life today.
For more information, give us a call today!

 Improving health/snoring and grinding by myofunctional orthodontics

If we treat the teeth and bones, but neglect the muscles, then there CANNOT be balance in the system and it is VERY likely that the teeth will relapse in time.  

    When the muscles of the jaw, both inside and outside the mouth, are balanced with the teeth and bones, the teeth should remain in proper positions after completion of any tooth movement as the MUSCLES will act as the retainer for the future.  

Myofunctional orthodontics uses muscle training and functional appliances to balance the bones and muscles.  When the muscles and bones are in balance, the teeth will naturally drift toward their ideal position.  This leads to the final phase of the orthodontic treatment, which is typically achieved in a much shorter time frame compared with traditional orthodontics. This can often be achieved with clear aligners alone. (Traditional wires and brackets can be used as well, still in a fraction of the time it takes with traditional orthodontics).

Myofunctional Therapy

  • Myofunctional therapyis an exercised based treatment which involves correcting dysfunction in the mouth (tongue placement, breathing, chewing) and swallowing.
  • Myofunctional therapy’s aim is to repair behaviors which should come very naturally (like breathing and chewing), but which can become dysfunctional, leading to a ripple of negative health consequences (like sleep apnea, fatigue, digestive problems, postural problems, etc.).
  • Myofunctional therapy is a key component and should be performed at the onset of treatment in order to get the BEST outcome.

FOR IRVING OFFICE :

If you struggle with sleeping at night, you’re not alone

  • 74% of adults experience a sleeping problem a few nights per week or more
  • Approximately 42 million adults suffer from sleep disordered breathing
  • Kids can suffer with Sleep Apnea too
  • Chronic sleep loss can lead to a 30-40% reduction in glucose metabolism, increase other autoimmune ailments  and can actually shorten your life span

Given the prevalence of sleep disorders, it is no wonder we are seeing more and more patients of all ages proactively address their sleep concerns. At Our office, we can facilitate an at-home sleep study as your first step in diagnosing and determining treatment. Dr. Reddy will review and discuss your results along with treatment options such as night guards, splint therapy, or a mandibular advancement device such asVivos®. Unlike lot of general dentist, Dr. Reddy sees patients with sleep related concerns on a daily basis and is top 1% of providers to be certified in Vivos.  Shecollaborates  with other medical providers to ensure an integrated approach to treatment and offer you—the patient—the best possible outcome.

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