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Dr. Saba - Vivos Voices

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“I was really intrigued by not just being a tooth doctor, but really being a mouth doctor.”

– Dr. Sara Saba

Dr. Sara Saba on Becoming a Mouth and Airway Doctor

This week on Vivos Voices, we visited with Dr. Sara Saba, a passionate dentist and trained Vivos Integrated Provider (VIP).

Dr. Saba joined Vivos during the pandemic. She began with a one-hour seminar and instantly signed up for additional education, eventually coming on board as a VIP. “I was really intrigued by not just being a tooth doctor, but really being a mouth doctor.” This more holistic approach to dentistry is on its way to becoming the industry norm as our understanding of the orofacial structure, airway, and mouth increases with modern medicine and technology.

In Dr. Saba’s practice, she noticed a common complaint amongst her patients: fatigue. “We have patients that say they feel so tired, but within a month or two months of using the Vivos appliance, they’re able to tell me that they sleep so much better. They feel like they can breathe through their nose.”

The percentage of the population that struggles with sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), or nasal breathing is overwhelming. While healthcare providers used to dismiss this as a natural occurrence or a result of genetics, it is a developmental issue. Western culture has led to a reduction in breastfeeding, the adoption of the soft food diet, and the development of the habit of mouth-breathing, which ultimately leads to an underdeveloped airway. Thankfully, Vivos is stepping up to solve this problem once and for all.

“So, being a Vivos provider, you really are looking at the whole body as a system instead of just focusing on teeth,” shared Dr. Saba. “You see that, oh, this person has a narrow arch. Before, I would just look at that and be like, oh, notate that in my notes. But now it’s like, well, this person probably has some sort of airway resistance syndrome or sleep apnea. So being able to talk to these patients and being able to help them is wonderful.”

Video Transcript

So my name is Dr. Sara Saba. I’m a general dentist, and I practice in the state of Maryland. So, Vivos has tremendously helped my patients. I joined Vivos during the pandemic. I think I saw like a one-hour webinar about it, and I was really intrigued by, you know, not just being a tooth doctor, but really being a mouth doctor. We have patients that say they, you know, feel so tired, but within a month or two months of using Vivos appliance, then they’re able to tell me that hey they sleep so much better. They are, if they feel restful, they feel like they can breathe through their nose. So, being a Vivos provider, you really are looking at the whole body as a, as a system instead of just focusing on teeth. Um, you see that, oh, this person has a narrow arch. Um, you know, very high palate, you know. Not only before, I would just look at that and be like, oh, notate that in my notes, but now it’s like, well, this person probably has some sort of airway resistance syndrome or sleep apnea. So being able to talk to these patients about something that they may or may not have even known and being able to help them, um, is, is wonderful.