Millions of Americans suffer from not getting enough sleep. In the search for answers, individuals can be led in many different directions to figure out the problem. Fortunately, a sleep aid from your dentist and local sleep apnea specialist can help. Vivos Oral appliance therapy is one way that the team at the office of Dr. Greg Pitts in American Fork, Utah, is helping patients finally get a good night’s sleep.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a widespread sleep disorder that can cause severe problems for patients suffering from it. It is caused by a disturbance in the airway that prevents oxygen from passing through properly to reach the lungs. These temporary episodes can occur hundreds of times per night, disrupting sleep and impacting your daily life.
Untreated obstructive sleep apnea can increase your risk for many other medical conditions, such as diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease.
One of the most effective ways of treating sleep apnea is CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure. The machine is used during sleep and delivers air pressure to a person through a mask over the nose and mouth. For CPAP therapy to work, there must be strict compliance. We find that over time, many patients find the device uncomfortable or too loud and wind up discontinuing use. We offer patients a more comfortable alternative–Vivos oral appliance therapy.
Vivos oral appliance therapy is an oral and facial growth appliance that corrects bite imbalance and teeth clenching at night while also improving breathing patterns during sleep. It works by stimulating bone growth to increase the size of the upper airway and balances the jaw in a more open and forward position to normalize breathing patterns while sleeping.
For Dr. Greg Pitts, dentistry is not just a profession; he is passionate about providing the best possible care for patients. He earned his BS from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah and his DDS from Creighton Dental School, Nebraska. He has been practicing dentistry in American Fork since 1999.
A member of the ADA, AGD, UDA, and American Academy of Sports Dentistry, Dr. Pitts is actively involved with Utah Valley athletics and works to raise awareness of the need for tooth protection in organized sports and recreational activities. He is the official dentist for the BYU and UVU athletic departments.