How the Vivos Appliances Work
The airway, jaw, and teeth all develop together. The forces that determine their size, shape, and configuration influence each other to create their final configuration.
As a result, people with a small or narrow jaw also tend to have a small or narrow airway. This airway is vulnerable to collapse or clogging. When the airway is blocked for whatever reason, whether it’s your tongue collapsing into the airway, the muscles of the throat relaxing, or just inflammation and mucus, it can cause obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is when your air is being cut off by the tissues of your body. In other words, it’s as if your body is trying to strangle you. Obstructive sleep apnea treatments keep you breathing by helping to hold your airway open. CPAP does it by forcing air into your throat to inflate your airway like a balloon. Oral appliance therapy works by repositioning your jaw to help it hold your airway open.
What makes Vivos treatments different is that they recognize that the size and shape of the airway are not fixed when we become adults. Just as people are never too old for orthodontic treatment, they can still reshape the bones of the face. After all, a Columbus cosmetic dentist like Dr. Firouzian does it all the time with orthodontic approaches for adults like Invisalign. Therefore, it’s potentially possible to reshape the bones in a way that reshapes the airway, making it less susceptible to collapse.
That’s what the Vivos DNA appliance and its variants do. The appliance applies steady force to your teeth and jaws to encourage further development. This new development can lead to easier breathing and reduce the risk of airway collapse.