Do you remember the last time you slept soundly through the night? If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the probable answer is, “what’s a good night’s sleep like?” Sleep apnea is a sleep-disordered breathing condition that affects your breathing and the ability of your body to rest. The ripple effects impact not just your quality of sleep but also your overall health. While sleep apnea may appear like something out of reach of your dentist, Dr. Greg Pitts in American Fork, Utah, can help treat sleep apnea for an improved quality of life.
When you fall asleep, the tongue, soft palate, and other structures fall into a relaxed state. If you snore, these relaxing structures restrict the passage of air from the lungs, hence the vibration and rumbling as oxygen moves past your throat. When your airway is narrowed, it means more snoring as more force is needed to move the air out.
If you have sleep apnea, the soft tissues at the back of your throat over-relax, causing them to collapse, thus blocking your airway. While the stoppages in breathing last for a few seconds, they occur several times during the night, denying your body the much-needed oxygen.
If you have sleep apnea, you don’t have to result in surgery or cumbersome CPAP machines. At Greg G. Pitts DDS, we use the revolutionary Vivos method to overcome sleep apnea. This system uses a combination of oral appliances to prevent blockage of your airway while sleeping. This ensures your body receives oxygen throughout the night, helping you get a restful sleep.
The Vivos system doesn’t only prevent your soft tissues in the throat from collapsing. It reshapes and expands the oral cavity, creating a lasting space for the airway to remain open. This way, you don’t need to wear this mouthguard for life since it eliminates the root cause of obstructive sleep apnea.
If you have been told you snore at night or been diagnosed with sleep apnea, please dial (801) 758-0019 to book an appointment with Greg G. Pitts DDS. Dr. Greg Pitts will evaluate your oral health to determine if Vivos suits you.
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.