A young woman with jaw and facial pain

Sleepless nights, constant headaches, or a general feeling of being eternally tired are enough to break the strongest wills.

At some point, we welcome any possibility of relief.

If this sounds like your story, you’re in luck!

The innovative Vivos system non-surgically addresses anatomical abnormalities that cause OSA.

The FDA-approved Vivos oral appliance is clinically proven to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and symptoms caused by TMJ disorder, including:

  • Jaw pain
  • Frequent headaches
  • Snoring
  • Neck and facial pain
  • Gasping for air in the middle of the night
  • Inability to concentrate or focus
  • Daytime fatigue

You can learn more about the Vivos system here.

This article will cover the following topics

Your Jaw and Sleep Apnea

One common culprit behind OSA is the failure of the jaw (often your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ) to function properly.

The Vivos system is specifically designed to address problems of the upper jaw and the lower jaw that is set too far back.

How Vivos Works

Vivos is a nonsurgical method for correcting maxillary hypoplasia and mandibular retrognathia.

It uses a Daytime-Nighttime Appliance (DNA) system to apply gentle pressure to the palate, gradually expanding it.

It may also involve using a Mandibular Repositioning Nighttime Appliance (MRNA) to train the lower jaw to rest in its proper position.

Together, the DNA and MRNA remodel and/or reposition the jawbone so that it no longer affects the upper airway.

After you finish your treatment with the Vivos system, you should be able to sleep soundly every night.

The Treatment Process

Your journey will begin with an in-depth medical consultation and some diagnostic tests.

These tests may include a home sleep study, a head and neck examination, and more.

The data collected will let us know whether the Vivos system would be a viable CPAP alternative for you. It will also help us map out your personalized treatment plan.

If you are a candidate for Vivos, you’ll wear your custom oral appliances as instructed by your dentist. On average, Vivos treatment lasts for 12 – 24 months.

You’ll visit Dr. Santana-Paine periodically throughout that period so she can adjust your appliances and monitor your progress.

Technology for the Treatment of TMJ and OSA

  • iTero Scanner
  • Cone Beam 3D imaging
  • Bioresearch Tensing Unit and MSCAN
  • Myoaligner

You can discover more about this technology here.

Benefits of Vivos

The Vivos system offers numerous benefits, including

  • Comfortable appliances
  • Discreet, near-invisible instruments
  • A non-surgical and non-pharmaceutical approach, which means it is an extremely low-risk treatment.
  • Rapid results (often noticeable within the first few days to weeks)
  • A permanent solution for a common cause of OSA

Think It’s Too Good to Be True?

Well, to prove our point, we’re happy to offer a free one-on-one consultation to help you understand your options and make the best decision for your overall health.

Are you ready to learn more about the Vivos system?

Contact our team today to schedule your consultation today.


We’re located in Portsmouth, NH, but welcome all patients from surrounding communities, including the Seacoast towns of Rye, Greenland, Stratham, Exeter, Newcastle, Dover, Durham, Hampton, Hampton Falls, North Hampton, and our neighboring states, Maine and Massachusetts.