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.

 

Introduction of Vivos Clinical Advisory Board

Vivos Therapeutics was founded in 2016 and looks to combine breakthrough technology for specially designed oral appliances along with proprietary clinical protocols for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment which would restore and enhance the human airway. Due to its patented FDA Class I and II medical devices which are seen as the first treatment to address the root causes of OSA, Vivos is capable of improving the airway in such a way that additional clinical treatment would not be necessary for most cases.

Vivos is an ever growing company and recently introduced its Clinical Advisory Board earlier this year. This new board is chaired by Dr. Michael Bennett, DDS, and a diplomate of both the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and the American Board of Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine. Dr. Bennett is also the lead practitioner for the Vivos Breathing Wellness Center located in Orem, Utah. Dr. Dave Singh, the current president of Vivos Therapeutics, said, “Mike Bennett is uniquely qualified and experienced to chair this impressive team of clinicians and professionals.”

Another executive of the company, R. Kirk Huntsman who is the Chief Executive Officer of Vivos Therapeutics said, “given his years of practice focused on craniofacial pain and sleep breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, we’re very pleased to have Dr. Bennett heading up our clinical advisory board. His passion for clinical excellence in the treatment of this condition makes him the perfect leader for this new time.

When asked about his new position and the board as a whole, Dr. Michael Bennett has this to say, “our clinical advisory board will be an integral part of the success in delivering on the Vivos mission to provide powerful and innovative therapies that restore normal breathing during sleep, with the objective of bringing people back to a life full of vitality and happiness.”

Joining Dr. Bennett on this initial clinical advisory board will be the president, Dr. Dave Singh who is also an expert in craniofacial epigenetics along with Dr. Martha Cortes, DDS; Dr. Felix Liao; Dr. Chris Chapman, DC; Dr. Tammarie Heit, DDS; and Dr. Tara M. Griffin, DMD. All of these members of the board have numerous years of extensive clinical experience in treating obstructive sleep apnea.

Previous to this role as chairman of the clinical advisory board, Dr. Bennett served as a member of the company’s board of directors. For more information, please visit vivoslife.com.

Why You Might Wake Up To Gasp For Air

Certain cultural superstitions suggest that the reason someone wakes up in the middle of the night gasping for air is that there is a supernatural spirit sitting on that person’s chest, however, scientific research that reveals many other reasons for this occurrence. Now, if you find yourself experiencing these episodes on a regular basis, you will want to consult with a doctor or sleep specialist to treat the problem as some of the conditions associated with this can be fatal if left undiagnosed and ignored. Here are some the reasons why you might be waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air.

 

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that people experience which causes them to wake up in the middle of the night due to the potential obstruction of the breathing airway. Some of the reasons for this airway obstruction include excess tissue, weak airway muscles, the position of the jaw, or a large tongue and tonsils. This disorder can prove to be lethal if left untreated for a long period of time so make sure you the seek the opinion of a sleep specialist if you suspect you have sleep apnea.

 

Heart Failure

Heart failure is another condition that can cause shortness of breath and wake someone up in the middle of the night. It is also called paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea and is another condition that can be fatal if left alone. On the other hand, you do not have to panic immediately if you happen to have one isolated gasping episode in the middle of the night. Paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea also comes with decreased exercise tolerance (the equivalent of losing your breath when climbing a flight of stairs) and ankle swelling.

 

Asthma Flares

Your gasping episodes in the middle of the night may also be due to an asthma flare. Typically, this is accompanied by wheezing, shortness of breath, along with a feeling of tightness in the chest. When you are having an asthma attack, the lining of your airways becomes swollen, producing thick mucus which can be the culprit of air shortage. An inhaler can help tame these episodes along with regular exercise, or medication recommended by your doctor.

 

Stress

There are times when waking up to gasp for air in the middle of the night is more of a psychological problem than it is a physical problem. Usually, when someone is under immense pressure, they suffer from anxiety or panic attacks which can cause them to suddenly wake up in the middle of the night with excessive sweating, rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath. It could also be that you are in the middle of a vivid nightmare and not realize it until you actually wake up. If these events occur, you should seek a therapist, or maybe implement stress relieving methods to decrease these instances of gasping for air in the middle of the night.

How to Stop Grinding Your Teeth in Your Sleep

Monitoring your physical movements while you sleep is obviously not something that can be done easily without the help of a sleep specialist. Whether you talk in your sleep, sleep walk, or move spastically throughout the night, your overnight activity can potentially lead to further health problems.

One of the most detrimental subconscious sleeping habits is bruxism, otherwise known as teeth grinding. Most individuals experiencing bruxism are unaware that they are even doing it. Whether the teeth are being grinded, clenched, or gnashed, it’s vital to understand the serious side effects that come with this bad habit.

Bruxism is typically caused by stress, anxiety, and other emotional complications, and can occur more or less frequently depending on age. It has been reported more in children, though adults can develop this over time as well. While this habit can be done while the individual is awake, it most often occurs during sleep.

Grinding your teeth throughout the night can lead to sleep disorders like snoring and sleep apnea, and the pain can persist for the duration of the entire day following. Many sufferers have reported having jaw pain, headaches, and, unsurprisingly, damaged teeth after days of experiencing bruxism. It can also increase the sensitivity of one’s teeth, and even loosen them from the gums.

Work closely with your dentist to discuss your sleeping habits, daily routine, and any medication you may be taking to best diagnose if you are suffering from bruxism. Though children experiencing this complication commonly outgrow it, adults who grind their teeth in their sleep must undergo treatment to improve their dental health, and prevent them from continuing this habit in the future.

One form of treatment involves dental appliances like splints or mouth guards. These are to be worn while the individual is sleeping, which keeps their teeth separated so they are unable to grind or clench them. Should there be severe damage already done to the teeth, a dentist will almost always suggest repair through crowns or reshaping.

If a dental approach doesn’t seem to be alleviating the problem, other forms of treatment involve therapy and medications. Seeing as stress and anxiety is a common cause of bruxism, behavioral management classes can do wonders for those who can’t seem to stop grinding their teeth. Medications such as antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills may help as well. In some cases, dentists may suggest muscle relaxers before going to sleep to allow the cheek and jaw muscles to loosen, which can lessen the chances of teeth grinding throughout the night.

Bruxism can be extremely detrimental to your dental health, as well as your sleeping habits, so it is best to address this issue as early on as possible. Be sure to properly manage any stress you may be experiencing in your life, develop healthy sleeping habits, and visit your dentist regularly to stay up to date with your oral health, and aware of your overnight activity.

How Oral Health Can Affect Your Sleep

Many people do not realize to what extent oral health affects the rest of the body. One such connection that people might be unaware of is the connection between dental health and a full night’s sleep, generally described as eight hours, though six or seven is also beneficial. If you have poor oral health, it can keep you awake at night, which in turn negatively affects your oral health. The main oral effect of lack of sleep is an increased risk of gum disease. It’s a circle that keeps going round and round unless you stay on top of your dental health and adopt regular sleeping habits.

Sleep, Stress, and Oral Health

While oral health could cause a lack of sleep, it’s also possible that another problem altogether is affecting your sleeping habits and dental health. If you’re experiencing a significant amount of stress, this anxiety will come through during your sleep. You may grind your teeth, be unable to fall into a deep sleep, or continuously clench your jaw. You might develop canker sores, which can be incredibly painful and make it impossible for you to concentrate throughout the rest of your day.

If you begin developing a habit of going to bed at a regular time and getting a full night’s rest, it’ll be more likely that you’ll experience less stress. Learn how to manage your stress and you’ll soon find that you get a more restful night of sleep, which benefits you because you feel well-rested and are being proactive about your dental health.

Obstructive Sleep Disorders

Obstructive sleep disorders are caused when your throat muscles relax unintentionally and your breathing becomes cut off for a short period of time. Sleep apnea may be the most common of these disorders and can lead to significant health problems if it is not treated properly. Some of these problems include: diabetes, obesity, gum or heart disease, and various others.

Luckily, either you or your partner will notice your pauses in breathing at night, so you’ll know when it’s time to see a doctor about your sleep apnea. There are various devices you can get to help with your symptoms and other lifestyle alterations you can make, like exercising more, that may help with your sleep apnea symptoms.