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 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 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.


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.



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.

Should You Sleep With Your Pet?

Pets often seek the comfort of their owners by climbing into their bed and wiggling their way under the sheets at night. According to a survey by Novosbed, 71 percent of owners sleep with their pets. Bed-sharing with pets is typically harmless, but there are a few things owners should know before inviting their furry companion onto their sleeping space.


Sleeping with a pet can help owners relax. Research shows that physical contact with pets promotes higher levels of oxytocin and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The combination of these biochemical processes is reduced stress and anxiety. If an owner is unable to sleep because of stress, perhaps sharing the bed can help them get a peaceful night’s rest.


Dogs also make owners feel more secure when sleeping by their side. A study cited by the DailyMail found that owners who sleep with their pets feel safer and more secure, which leads to higher-quality sleep.

Sleep Disturbance

On the other hand, sharing the bed with a pet may disturb an owner’s sleep. If a dog jumps on the bed in the middle night, it may wake his owner. The Center for Sleep Medicine says that 10 percent of the clients who visited its practices in 2013 experienced disrupted sleep because of a pet. It’s safe to assume, however, that smaller breeds are less likely to create a disturbance than larger breeds.


There’s also the issue of allergies when sleeping with a pet. Statistics show that roughly 10 percent of the population are allergic to pets. When exposed to pet allergens — pet dander, saliva or urine — these individuals may experience an allergy attack consisting of symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, itching and watery eyes. Of course, owners who sleep with their pets are more likely to experience these allergy attacks because of the close proximity to their four-legged companions.

Tips for Sleeping With Pets

Owners who are thinking about sleeping with their pet should consider the effect it has on their sleep quality. If they are unable to fall asleep or stay asleep, they should consider making their pet a bedding area on the floor instead.

Owners who suffer from pet allergies should invest in a high-efficiency particulate arresting (HEPA) air filter. These air filters capture a greater amount of dust, dander and other debris from the air, thus protecting against allergy attacks.

Common Misconceptions about Sleep

Sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellness. It allows the body to reset, both physically and mentally, while promoting proper hormone and biochemistry processes. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions surrounding sleep, leading many individuals down the wrong path.


Sleeping Pills are Safe

Just because they are sold over the counter doesn’t mean they are safe. One study found that over-the-counter sleeping pills increased the risk of stroke. Prescription sleeping pills are even worse, with research showing a direct correlation between their usage and an increased risk of early mortality.


There’s No Such Thing as Too Much Sleep

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that more than one-third of Americans don’t get enough sleep. Too much sleeping, however, can also cause health issues. Research cited by the HuffingtonPost found that people who oversleep on a regular basis have higher rates of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Therefore, most experts recommend adults get between seven and nine hours of shut-eye at night.


It’s Okay to Catch Up on Sleep During the Weekend

Many people struggle to sleep during the week because of work, school and other responsibilities. As a result, they sleep more during the weekend, believing this will counter the effects. But there’s no such thing as catching up on sleep. Sleeping less during the week and more during the weekend disrupts the body’s circadian clock while preventing the individual from getting into a normal sleep schedule.


Snoring Is Harmless

Everyone snores on occasion, and normally it doesn’t pose any health risks. If a person snores every night, however, it can cause a myriad of problems. For starters, snoring is often a sign of nasal obstruction, meaning the person isn’t getting enough air when he or she breathes. Secondly, research has shown that people who snore regularly are more likely to suffer from carotid atherosclerosis, which can lead to stroke.


Body Position Doesn’t Matter When Sleeping

This couldn’t be further from the truth. The position in which a person sleeps can affect his or her health. Sleeping on the stomach, for example, bends the spine while contributing to back pain whereas sleeping on the side places pressure on the stomach and lungs. Therefore, most experts recommend sleeping on the back.

Sleeping does more than just protect against fatigue; it promotes a healthy body and mind.

Sleeping Positions for All Kinds of Conditions

There’s nothing that ruins your whole day quite like getting a poor night’s sleep. The time we spend asleep each night is the time that our body uses to restore its energy and rejuvenate itself so that we’re ready to begin the next day. In fact, sleeping is so important for your overall health that chronic lack of sleep has been linked to an increase in an individual’s risk for heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, and kidney diseases.

Under ideal conditions, it shouldn’t be difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep on any given night. Unfortunately, whether it’s due to illness, pain, or the stress of everyday life, most nights we aren’t faced with ideal conditions, so we have to improvise in order to get the rest we need. Get a good night’s rest despite whatever’s ailing you with these sleeping positions to help you sleep easily no matter what you’re dealing with.

  • Sinus Pressure/Problems
    • If you’re experiencing problems with your sinuses, especially congestion due to a cold or illness, you know how difficult it can be to breathe let alone sleep well while you’re suffering. To combat the pressure and help relieve some of the pain in the morning, sleep at night on your back with your head elevated. This will allow your sinuses to drain and eliminate some of the pressure.
  • Indigestion/GI Problems
    • If you’re suffering from indigestion, you could end up tossing and turning all night trying to find some relief. Believe it or not, the side of your body that you sleep on can actually impact the discomfort you’re experiencing. Studies have shown that sleeping on your right side can actually exacerbate problems like heartburn while sleeping on your left side will help to soothe them.
  • High Blood Pressure
    • If you’re in the 29% of the population that experiences high blood pressure, then you’re one of the 75 million Americans who likely has problems sleeping when your blood pressure gets too high. If it’s difficult to catch some shuteye when your blood pressure is too high, try sleeping on your stomach. Studies have shown a consistent decrease in blood pressure when participants sleep on their stomachs versus sleeping on their sides or backs.
  • Headaches
    • Headaches can range in severity from mildly irritating to downright debilitating depending on the person and on the day. If you find that you can’t get to sleep at night because you have a headache, or you’re waking up each morning with one, adjusting the way you sleep can help reduce the number and intensity of the headaches you experience. Since they can be caused by tension in your neck, find a pillow that will give your head and neck support. You can also consider supporting your head on all sides with pillows to keep your head from moving too much.