At Northern Colorado Sleep & Wellness Center, we help people live a healthier and more enjoyable life by correcting sleep-disorder breathing. We search for underlying reasons for the airway restriction, which is typically caused by an underdeveloped jaw.
We offer the Vivos System, an all-natural, non-invasive treatment to permanently restore the jaw to its genetic optimum, which removes airway restrictions and promotes better breathing and sleep quality.
Dr. Lowry and his specially-trained staff work with other healthcare professionals to diagnose and treat sleep-disordered breathing caused by airway restrictions. Dr. Lowry, who is a trained and certified endodontist, has been practicing in Northern Colorado for over 17 years.
"Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is a general term for breathing difficulties that occur during sleep. SDB can range from frequent loud snoring to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a condition involving repeated episodes of partial or complete blockage of the airway during sleep."
- Dr. Scott Lowry, DDS
Over 14,000 patients worldwide have been treated using the Vivos System.
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The Facts About Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder that can range from mild to severe, where there is a partial or full stoppage of breathing on and off throughout the night due to an upper airway restriction.
It is diagnosed via a board-certified MD, using an FDA-approved sleep test, which measures the number and severity of breathing stoppages that occur during sleep. An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from OSA and 80 percent of the cases of moderate and severe OSA are undiagnosed....
OSA in America
An estimated 22 million Americans suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
In the case of someone with an airway restriction, not only is their quality of sleep impacted, but the decrease in breathing quality during sleep leads to less oxygen available in the blood to be delivered to the body, brain, and vital organs. This oxygen reduction, known as oxygen desaturation, is measured by a sleep test and is one of the factors in determining the severity of obstructive sleep apnea.
About 2 million patients are prescribed CPAP treatment each year. An estimated 60% - 80% are intolerant, refuse treatment, or fail to continue use of the CPAP machine.
Oxygen desaturations will also disrupt normal sleep patterns and will often lead to a lack of deep restorative sleep. Many health issues and symptoms can result from lowered blood oxygen levels and a lack of deep, restorative sleep: headaches, asthma, chronic allergies, anxiety, depression, daytime drowsiness, obesity, aggression, chronic pain and more.
Snoring and/or mouth breathing, which many people may consider “normal” are possible signs of OSA as they are often caused by a restricted upper airway. All breathing should be silent and through the nose. Not only is the silence appreciated by others, but there are many other health benefits from quiet nasal breathing.
Our team of specially trained dentists works closely with board-certified sleep MDs who diagnose obstructive sleep apnea. We utilize a variety of all-natural treatment options, such as oral appliance therapy, to help remodel the upper airway and jaws resulting in better breathing, better sleep and a reduction in symptoms and health conditions caused by OSA.
Mandibular Advancement Devices
Oral appliances open the airway by forcing the mandible (lower jaw) forward. However, these device do not correct the underlying airway issues and must be used nightly for life.
Airway Restrictions & Underdeveloped Jaws
An airway restriction can greatly affect the ability to achieve quality, deep sleep as the restriction can cause breathing and sleep to be interrupted throughout the night. This, in turn, causes the body and vital organs to be deprived of oxygen and can lead to a wide range of minor to severe symptoms and health conditions.
One of the causes of an airway restriction is underdeveloped jaws. Our specially trained dentists work with other healthcare professionals to accurately diagnose and treat the airway restriction. Our treatments help jaws grow to their optimum and, in doing so, remove airway restrictions.
There is another outcome of underdeveloped jaws: crooked and crowded teeth. In children who are still growing, we can usually correct orthodontic issues with our oral appliance therapy, thus eliminating the need for braces.
Children and Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The importance of getting quality sleep for a growing child is vital to their optimal physical and mental growth and development. There are many important rejuvenation processes that occur during a proper deep sleep cycle, and it is during deep sleep when a child's natural human growth hormone (a hormone critical to proper development and restoration) is released. If a child is not getting a sufficient amount of deep sleep, the body’s ability to release growth hormone may be significantly compromised.
It is estimated that 9 out of 10 American children have a condition that is directly related to sleep-disordered breathing caused by an underdeveloped mouth.
What happens when a child repeatedly gets a poor quality of sleep night after night? Research now exists that a broad set of symptoms can develop, such as ADHD, behavioral issues, bed wetting, diminished IQ, arrested growth, daytime drowsiness, chronic allergies and more.
But now let’s get to the root of the matter. Why do some children not get a good quality of sleep? It may not be what you think. One of the major causes, which is not known to most doctors and parents, is that many children suffer from underdeveloped jaws and upper airway. This, in turn, creates a restriction in the airway and when the child tries to sleep, this restricted airway results in an increased effort to breathe or even partial or full stoppage of breathing throughout the night.
Every time breathing partially or fully stops, or there is increased effort to breathe, sleep is interrupted and the oxygen levels into the body, blood and vital organs, including the brain, can drop. This chain reaction, repeated night after night, takes a toll on the growth, health, and behavior of the child. And as most parents can attest, a child that is not well rested acts quite differently than one that sleeps well.
Currently, in America, it is estimated that 9 out of 10 children have a condition that is directly related to Sleep Disordered Breathing and an underdeveloped mouth, more than 1 in 10 children will be diagnosed with ADHD, and 22 million adults have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, although many more go undiagnosed.
With a detailed evaluation by a qualified medical professional, it is possible to identify structures that may be contributing to these conditions and determine if an all-natural, non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical solution is right for you or your children. But don’t ignore the signs: if you or your child are not sleeping well or demonstrating any of the symptoms mentioned, have them come in for a free evaluation. It may not be what you think.
Vivos is the first to offer OSA sufferers a permanent solution as a better option to CPAP and/or mandibular advancement devices.
OSA is normally associate with adult sleeping disorders, but children also suffer from this affliction. Classic adult symptoms of OSA include chronic snoring and gasping episodes during sleep. Not only are these symptoms annoying to partners, but they can also be life-threatening.
In children, the symptoms of OSA include mouth breathing, chapped lips, and restless sleep. Early diagnosis and treatment may improve your child's overall health and wellness.
Below is a list of symptoms of OSA in adults and children:
The Vivos System successfully addresses the underlying root cause of OSA in 98% of patients.
Many patients report a partial or complete resolution of OSA symptoms within 12 to 24 months.
Diagnosis is completed through a detailed examination by a specially trained dentist and board-certified sleep medicine doctor. Below is a summary of the key steps in the diagnostic process.
Medical History – New patients complete a thorough medical history and detailed symptom form that gives insight into past and present health issues that may be related to sleep-disordered breathing. Accurate assessment of the history, symptoms, and their severity are critical information for understanding SDB.
3D X-Ray – Using state-of-the-art digital 3D x-rays known as CBVT (Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography) enables our doctors to clearly see the upper airway, jaw bones, and other structures from the lower neck up. We use special software to calculate the airway volume, locate airway restrictions and to help determine the optimum position of the jaws. This information is used to guide the design of proprietary oral appliances that will help correct the airway problem.
All currently available, non-surgical treatments, including CPAP and Mandibular Advancement Devices (MAD), require nightly use for the remainder of a patient's life.
Vivos System is the only treatment that normally produces permanent results.
Head and Neck Examination – We perform an exam of the head, neck, and mouth, including a series of digital photographs, to verify the structural issues presented by the 3D x-ray.
Home Sleep Test – Patients have the option to take a Home Sleep Test, which is read by a board-certified sleep MD. If there is a positive diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea, the MD will write a letter confirming the existence of OSA and treatment recommendations.
The Vivos System is the only treatment for OSA that offers patients the hope of a restoration of health and vitality without the need for a lifetime of intervention.
A formal diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea can only be done by a board-certified sleep MD. If there is a positive diagnosis, private medical insurance may pay for some of the treatment. Otherwise, orthodontic or dental benefits may pay for some of the treatment.
Even without a positive OSA diagnoses, patients may choose to go into treatment to help with orthodontic, TMJ, or other structural and dental issues.
Each treatment plan is tailored to the patient. Our treatments are all-natural, non-pharmaceutical, and non-invasive. We work with your body’s natural growth patterns and potential to achieve the required growth of your jaws to their genetic optimum.
We utilize FDA-cleared, proprietary oral appliances. These are custom-fit upper and/or lower dental devices that are comfortable to wear and typically worn in the mouth at night and sometimes during the late afternoon and evening.
We may also tailor your treatment plan to include therapy that is designed to coordinate and strengthen the tongue and facial muscles to help correct function, improve breathing and promote jaw development. In some cases, we may perform a minor procedure to remove any functional restrictions caused by tongue ties or lip ties, using a state-of-the-art laser that is nearly painless.
Depending on the diagnoses, needs of each patient and severity of the symptoms, we will work together with other healthcare professionals including nutritionists, chiropractors, dentists, sleep physicians, ENTs and other medical doctors.
Typically, our treatment plan reduces or eliminates snoring and, in most cases, removes the need to use a CPAP machine to breath normally during sleep.
The volume of the upper airway of Vivos patients increased from 14cc to 27cc - a 93% increase.
The Vivos System is a new technology that provides a potential permanent solution for sleep-disordered breathing.
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91% of Vivos providers rated their outcomes as "Excellent and Good."
If you or someone you love is suffering from sleep-disordered breathing, we can help.
We believe that our patients are more likely to succeed in treatment if they have a thorough understanding of OSA and its causes. Our patients also need to clearly understand their own condition, diagnosis, and treatment plan. Therefore, we follow an exact process to educate our patients and provide a thorough diagnosis and treatment plan. These are the steps:
Free Patient Education Meeting – Before starting treatment it is important that patients understand the possible root cause of their health issues as well as how our treatment works. Therefore, anyone interested in being treated goes through a free one-hour education meeting so they can make an informed decision if treatment is right for them. You can register for one of our free seminars by clicking the red SIGN UP button on the lower right of your screen. If you cannot attend one of our seminars, feel free to call our office at 970-239-3113 to make an appointment that suits your schedule.
Free Private Screening – Each of the diagnostic steps outlined above will be performed with the final step being a presentation by the doctor on our findings and recommendations. If the patient completed a home sleep test, which requires a small fee, the findings of the board-certified sleep medical doctor will also be presented.
Treatment Plan Presentation – After completion of the Free Private Screening, if the patient is a candidate for treatment, a treatment plan will be presented, including the cost of treatment and potential insurance coverage. Our insurance specialists will examine your medical, dental and orthodontic benefits for coverage. The coverage amount will depend on the diagnosis and the patient’s insurance plan. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept Medicaid at this time.
Starting Treatment – Once you accept treatment, you will work with the doctor to understand your treatment plan and take the necessary steps to begin treatment. This includes getting a digital impression of your mouth taken to allow us to order your oral appliances. Typically, a patient will return to our office for check-ups and re-evaluations every several weeks at the beginning of treatment and every few months during the later stages.
Typically the Vivos System is covered by a combination of medical, dental, and orthodontic insurances. The amount of coverage depends on individual insurances.
Get started on your road to better breathing, quality sleep, and a happy and healthier life. Contact Northern Colorado Sleep & Wellness Center today.