Vivos Therapeutics at the NIBA Conference

A few months ago in March, Vivos Therapeutics, one of the world leaders in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea had the pleasure of being a featured presenter at the National Investment Bankers Association (NIBA) conference which was held in New York City at the Westin Hotel in Times Square. Presenting at this conference was their chief executive officer, R. Kirk Huntsman, and Ed Loew, who is the senior vice president, and capital markets and investor relations.

Vivos has been deploying a highly effective, interdisciplinary clinical treatment for those who are suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and this treatment features their proprietary line of unique oral appliances. This condition affects about 29 million adults daily and there is also an additional 22 million children that could be at risk. It is most common amongst men, especially middle-aged and overweight men. In fact, in totality, one in every seven Americans suffer directly from sleep apnea.

The Vivos System, developed by Huntsman and his co-founder Dr. Dave Singh is a breakthrough technology and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and could possibly be the first legitimate long-term solution to addressing the major root cause of the disorder which is an underdeveloped or obstructed airway. The majority of solutions to OSA look to treat the symptoms through pressure or force. Vivos, on the other hand, gently remodels the upper airway by slowly developing and repositioning the jaws which restore healthy sleep and breathing. Plus, many of the common treatments like CPAP require lifetime use and nightly wear, whereas the Vivos System usually lasts 12-24 months and allows patients to avoid any further clinical intervention.

According to Huntsman, “As we strive to bring the Vivos System to more people across the country, thus positively impacting the lives of apnea sufferers and their families, we believe it is critical to bring information about the company to the investing community. That is partly how we will be able to bring relief to millions of OSA patients, both diagnosed and as yet undiagnosed.”

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Vivos Leadership Spotlight: Dr. Martha Cortes, DDS

I have recently been highlighting some of the members of the leadership team with Vivos Therapeutics. These individuals are dedicated to helping Vivos develop its patented treatment system for the sleeping disorder, obstructive sleep apnea. This spotlight will cover Dr. Martha Cortes, DDS who is a member of the Vivos Clinical Advisory Board. Dr. Cortes is the current president and owner of Sleep Fitness, LLC. She has been in the private practice for general, cosmetic and periodontal laser dentistry along with biological neuromuscular dentistry, in New York City, for the past thirty years.

   Dr. Cortes’ objective is to enhance the well-being of her patients through the use of biologically friendly materials and methods that include the most advanced equipment and techniques. She provides therapy for craniofacial pain which is the upper airway resistance syndrome and sleep breathing disorders. She has also been treating TMJ disorders and facial cervical/myofascial pain, neuralgias and neuropathies for over twenty years through orthotics and full mouth reconstruction. Over the past ten years, she has chosen to further enhance her practice through orthopedic and orthodontic therapy for TMJ, sleep breathing disorders and the treatment of neuralgias and neuropathies through craniofacial remodeling.

   In the field of craniofacial development, Dr. Martha Cortes has published articles that accepted the evidence for the growth of the maxilla and upper airways in the treatment towards reversal of obstructive sleep apnea and upper airway resistance syndrome in the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She has also treated patients with craniocervical pain which includes seizures, dystonia, chronic pain, and chronic headaches. She was also the first to spearhead the training for Vivos certified instructor’s dentists in 2012 and was the first certified instructor in the US, in clinical pediatrics and adults for Vivos following her training with her mentor, Dr. Dave Singh.

We, at Vivo Therapeutics, are more than happy to welcome Dr. Martha Cortes, DDS to our leadership team as part of our Clinical Advisory Board. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge that will surely aid our efforts in the fight to combat obstructive sleep apnea. We look forward to more of her contributions.

Vivos Initial Public Offering

Sleep apnea whether mild or moderate, along with snoring and sleep-disordered breathing affects millions of people all over the world. Vivos Therapeutics has possibly solved the pervasive and potentially deadly disease through their patented proprietary treatment protocol that targets the underlying cause of obstructive sleep apnea. The Vivos System includes not only the clinical diagnostic protocol but also a patented medical device. This protocol has been designed by professional healthcare providers which includes doctor and specially trained dentists. This protocol is meant to assist patients with obstructive sleep apnea and the varying conditions that are brought on by underdeveloped upper and lower jaws.

The Vivos System, founded by R. Kirk Huntsman and Dr. Dave Singh could be the first permanent, non-surgical solution for individuals of all ages who are suffering from troubled-breathing during their sleep. They also offer non-invasive, structural craniofacial corrections.

Included in the Vivos System is an advanced diagnostic protocol developed by a leadership team of researched scientists and practitioners whose aim is to identify craniofacial abnormalities that combine with the Vivos Appliance System. Vivos Therapeutics work with these practitioners to transform their practice in order to ensure that their treatment can be available worldwide. The integration system assures patients that the practitioners obtain the appropriate clinical and diagnostic knowledge along with advanced training and operational support so that their patients can receive the highest level of care for the best outcome.

Vivos Therapeutics is currently in the process of an Initial Public Offering (IPO). If interested, you have the opportunity to own a stake in the one company that may have found the best cure for obstructive sleep apnea that also comes with long-term benefits. If you are interested, visit vivoslife.com for more information.

Why Should You Choose Vivos?

Vivos Therapeutics is one of the companies leading the charge to find a long-term cure to the sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea. So, why should you choose Vivos for your treatment? Let’s take a look at what it is trying to cure.

To begin, we should understand what healthy breathing entails. Normal breathing involves silent breathing through your nose, and it is quiet and effortless. This is what allows our bodies to go into the usual deep and restorative sleep and then wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day. However, when you are snoring or experiencing sleep apnea, that is not healthy. Normal breathing is critical to leading a vibrant life; unfortunately, there are millions of people around the world who are unable to breathe normally, especially at night.

The problem with those suffering from these conditions is that a surprising number of them have failed to consult a professional about these concerns. What’s worse is that sleep apnea has been linked to multiple other serious health conditions and is possibly life-threatening. Some of the other conditions associated with obstructive sleep apnea include hypertension, diabetes, asthma, anxiety, depression, hypothyroidism, obesity, fibromyalgia, amongst others.

One of the leading causes of obstructive sleep apnea is a narrow and compromised airway. Recent research has shown that many health conditions can be traced to someone’s inability to breathe normally during their sleep. This is where the Vivos System comes into to play as it works to correct these problems in the airway. It is a non-evasive, and typically pain-free approach. Treatment outcomes may vary based on a number of factors. It is important that if you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should seek the help of a consultation with a Vivos Certified Provider to see how Vivos could help. Visit vivoslife.com for more information.

Understanding the Signs of Sleep Apnea Part 3: Hypertension

Hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea often go hand in hand, so it’s important for those with elevated blood pressure to know the signs of OSA since these two conditions often come as a pair.

OSA occurs when breathing is repeatedly and briefly disrupted during sleep and has been linked to high blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure levels have also been shown to cause sleep apnea or to worsen breathing in patients who already have OSA.

Sleep apnea occurs when a snorer stops breathing for a brief amount of time. These episodes can wake the individual as they take in a gasp of air. All of this leads to restless nights, a loss of sleep, and can also be associated with arrhythmia, stroke and even heart failure.

According to a recent study, OSA is most commonly found in middle-aged adults between the ages of 30 and 70. The disorder affects more men than women, and many of those who suffer from both maladies are also overweight.

Although anywhere from 30 to 70 percent of patients with hypertension may also have OSA, it more frequently occurs in those who have resistant hypertension and have unsuccessfully tried a number of treatment options to bring their blood pressure numbers to a more normal level.

The good news is that Vivos Therapeutics provides treatment for both OSA and hypertension. These services seek to ensure that your breathing passages are open with oxygen flowing, so that blood pressure levels can come down quickly.

Blood pressure levels normally dip at night and this dip does not occur in patients with OSA.

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the keys to overall good health and normal blood pressure levels. There are a few steps to you can take to ensure you get a restful night of sleep:

  1. Get some exercise, but get that workout in a few hours before you go to bed so your adrenaline levels come down before you turn the lights out.
  1. Limit alcohol consumption and avoid caffeine before bed.
  1. Develop a pre-bedtime routine such as a hot bath; dimming the lights; and turning off unnecessary electronic devices.

Vivos Leadership Spotlight: Dr. Tara Griffin

We have recently been highlighting some of the members of the leadership team at Vivos Therapeutics. In this spotlight, we will be looking at Dr. Tara M. Griffin who is a member of the recent Clinical Advisory Board. Outside of Vivos, Dr. Griffin is the CEO and founder of Emerald Coast Dental Spa and Sleep Medicine and Wellness PCB which is a dentistry that specializes in dental sleep medicine, general and cosmetic dentistry, whole-body health with nutraceutical supplements and facial cosmetics like Botox and Juvederm. She has accumulated over 11 years of experience of creating beautiful smile makeovers as well as taking on the training of other dentists in the field of oral appliances for children and adults with sleep-disordered breathing.

Dr. Griffin was raised in Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. She then continued her education at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where she received her Doctorate in Medical Dentistry. She was later mentored by Dr. Carlton S. Schwartz who brought her into his practice in 2007. Since that time, she has gone to continue her studies in advanced periodontal therapy, temporomandibular joint disorder, functional medicine and genomics, oral-systemic health, and orofacial pain. She also has her Diplomates from the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Sleep and Breathing Academy.

Dr. Tara Griffin was also mentored by Vivos co-founder Dr. Dave Singh in the field of Biomimetics using the concepts of Pneumopedics and Craniofacial Epigenetics. She is one of the ten dentists who are internationally certified to train doctors for the biomimetic DNA/mRNA and VIVOS appliances. She is also a member of the American Dental Association and the Florida Dental Association. She was the former president of the Bay County Dental Association, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, American Sleep and Breathing Academy, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce, Bay County Chamber of Commerce, and is on the Board of Panama City Marine Institute.

Since 2010, she has been recognized for her work as she received the nomination of Business Woman of the Year by the Emerald Ladies Journal and was awarded Small Business Person of the Year by Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce. She spoke at the Harvard Faculty Club at Harvard University in 2016 as an expert in “dental sleep medicine.”

We, at Vivos Therapeutics, are more than happy to have Dr. Tara Griffin on our team. She has made quite the name for herself in the field, and we are confident that her contributions to the team will help lead Vivos in the right direction.

 

Vivos Life Leadership Spotlight: Dr. Bhaskar Savani

Dr. Bhaskar Savani joins the Vivos Life Board of Directors as the Special Advisor to the Board. Dr. Savani joins the team with a wealth of knowledge in dentistry. He is a graduate of Temple University School of Dentistry. Before this, he also earned his Master’s Degree in Applied Chemistry and Post Graduate Diploma in Textile Chemistry from the M.S University of Baroda, India.

As the Founder, President & CEO of Savani Group Dental Practice, based in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, he manages over 65 dental offices and employs over 100 dentists in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Iowa. His foundation and business model focuses on serving the lower socio-economic population while also providing the best facilities that are equipped with all the latest technology in dentistry. He is also the President and CEO of SAVANI FARMS which is an India-based Agriculture Produce Marketing Company. This company works hard to uplift the socio-economic structure of farmers by creating new markets for their produce while maintaining and preserving the wildlife and eco-heritage of India.

In 2002, Dr. Bhaskar Savani acquired Organica which is a biotech firm based in Norristown, Pennsylvania. The acquisition allowed him to form Organica Biotech Inc, where he served as a CEO and as the Chairman of the Board. The company has an environmentally friendly vision to reduce toxic chemical use in daily human life by creating enzyme-based products for home, garden, and industrial use. They hold many patents and EPA registrations. He also serves as a Director for Fidelio Dental Insurance Company.

Dr. Savani has supported both the American Dental Association and was a member of U.S-India Business Council (USIBC) which is the premier business advocacy organization that was established in 1975 under the U.S Chambers of Commerce. The organization includes many of America and India’s top-tier companies, and they aim to deepen two-way trade and strengthen the commercial ties between the U.S and India.

We, at Vivos Life, are more than proud to welcome Dr. Bhaskar Savani to the team. His experience and knowledge will surely help push this company in the right direction, and we look forward to his contributions.

Sleep Apnea and Tooth Extraction: The Root of the Problem

R. Kirk Huntsman

Following a tooth extraction or root canal, so long as the dental professional performing the procedure has done the job correctly, patients typically experience pain that can be managed with standard painkillers. However, in rare cases, there have been recordings of people experiencing sleep disorders and general sleeping complications following a dental extraction.

To begin, it’s important to know exactly why tooth extractions are performed. Depending on just how crooked an individual’s teeth are, either braces or extractions are necessary for straightening. However, if someone has a decaying, damaged, or infected tooth, that calls for an immediate extraction, so long as the damage is extensive enough to bar repair.

The argument afterwards then becomes whether or not this standard procedure is capable of disrupting one’s sleep. To many people, it may seem unlikely that oral health and sleeping patterns are so closely connected. But, the two are very much related. Extractions specifically, on the other hand, are widely debated as to whether or not they are contributors to sleep disorders.

According to SleepApnea.org, roughly 80% of Americans suffering from sleep apnea are undiagnosed. This poses a problem for professionals wishing to study this specific case, as the results may be heavily skewed one way or the other. For now, researchers must pay attention to why the subject has even been brought to light.

Following a tooth extraction, it is possible for an individual to experience a decreased size in airways; something that is known to worsen sleep apnea. A study conducted in 2016 found that adults between the ages of 25 and 65 had an increased chance of developing obstructive sleep apnea by 2% with every tooth lost. Though a small, find this is another possible factor for the development of sleep apnea post extraction.

A common symptom experienced after having wisdom teeth removed is looser facial muscles. Patients may experience an increase in drooling throughout the night because of this, and, when lying on one’s back, sleep apnea. With the relaxed muscles pushing the tongue further back into the throat, the partially blocked airways can cause snoring, and constant periods of stopped breathing altogether.

While any study has yet to yield concrete evidence that tooth extraction does indeed cause sleep apnea, there are numerous findings that suggest this. Many dentists may agree that the fewer extractions an individual endures, the better. Again, this is not to say that the more teeth removed one has, the higher chances they have of sleep apnea, but the subtle clues pointing toward this do suggest that it is a possibility. For now, anyone suffering from this sleep disorder should work closely with their doctor, sleep specialist, or dentist for insight as to why they may have developed it.

A Dentist’s Role in Improving Sleep

R. Kirk Huntsman

A surprising outlet one who is experiencing difficulty sleeping may have is his or her dentist. While it may seem like a waste of time bringing up sleep issues with a medical professional primarily focused on oral health, dentists have an impressive amount of insight on the connection between your teeth and how well you may be sleeping at night.

Like all medical professionals, a patient’s overall health is the main concern for dentists. With the many connections between oral health and how it affects all areas of the body, those in the dental industry have been trained to identify telltale signs of sleeping issues. For example, the alignment of one’s jaw and decaying enamel may display the habit of grinding teeth while sleeping, or having obstructive sleep apnea altogether.

If your dentist were to suspect that you suffer from a sleep disorder of any kind, you will typically receive a brief interview as they attempt to assess your personal situation, asking about your daily habits, if you happen to feel drowsy during any of those, or if you generally have trouble sleeping at night.

A large number of dentists have been trained to properly treat sleep apnea, and typically offer mandibular advancement devices depending on the nature of one’s case. Tongue retaining devices work best for those who experience excessive snoring, as the tongue is held in a forward position, preventing any blocking of the airway. Continuous positive airway pressure therapy, or CPAP, helps provide airflow throughout the night for anyone struggling with sleep apnea, and frequent stoppages in breathing.

If your dentist suspects that you may be experiencing a sleep disorder that may have gone unnoticed, they may be able to provide alternative methods of treatment, or general tips to help you treat the condition yourself. This is not to say that if you are experiencing difficulty sleeping, you should consult your dentist first. Though they may be knowledgeable on the subject, it is not their primary area of focus. You will be (and should be) referred to a sleep physician to properly treat these sleeping complications.

 
However, they can help. If your case is not an emergency, bring the subject up during your next dentist appointment, and he or she may be able to share their knowledge, and help you better control your sleeping patterns.

The Future of the Dental Industry

The dental industry as a whole is an ever changing commerce that fluctuates with the ebb and flow of the economy, changing its method of delivery of services at a fairly frequent rate. For stakeholders and providers of dentistry to maintain relevancy, they must embrace the future, and all the changes that come with it.

One of the major positives to note in dental hygiene is the fact that more and more people are acknowledging the relationship between oral health and total health overall. Individuals are beginning to take better care of their teeth and gums now that more knowledge on the subject has been brought to light. With that said, a shift in the demographic has taken place. Older members of society are beginning to maintain healthy sets of teeth for longer periods of time, forcing developers of implants, dentures, and other oral substitutes to adjust their methods and improve the products’ lasting abilities.

A rather grim statistic the world of dentistry is facing is the dwindling number of students entering the field. Enrollment in dental schools has been declining within the last few decades, leading to a larger number of retiring dentists with fewer professionals to fill their spots. Because of this, the number of businesses seeking to hire dentists is shrinking as well. This proves extraordinarily difficult for those who reside in states that require hygienists to employed by licensed dentists.

These changes bring into question the traditional model of a team of hygienists led by a single dentist. While it is unlikely that this model will change entirely, innovation is bound surface in this area. For example, the areas in which dentists and their teams may practice is almost guaranteed to change within the coming years. Rather than working out of one office, these dental professionals may visit retirement communities, schools, health clinics, or even offer in-home visitations.

Due to constantly changing times, many hygienists are becoming entrepreneurs, in that they are designing their own ways to deliver the care needed by patients, and focusing on the “how” and “where.” One of the ongoing debates is improved portability that includes every tool necessary in a dentist’s or hygienist’s handbag. The more easily a dental professional is able to travel with his or her equipment, the further they can go, both literally and figuratively.

Customer service in the field of dentistry is perhaps as important if not more than the services provided themselves. Patients should be comfortable, and receive the best care possible by all dental professionals. A common cause for concern among patients is the pain that comes with certain procedures. A step in the right direction in terms of innovation would be developing tools, and processes that make one’s experience in a dentist’s office much more enjoyable and pain-free; something that is easier said than done with what little we know about anesthesia, for example.

 
Many dental professionals are constantly working at a diligent pace to improve their practices and standards and adapt with the changes that the future brings. As they do so, the challenges brought forth create an entirely new set of goals for all dentists and hygienists to strive for, possibly further improving the industry at a faster rate.