Dr. Bukai on New Education in Dentistry
This week on Vivos Voices, we visited with Dr. Bukai, a talented dentist and enthusiastic Vivos Integrated Provider (VIP).
Dr. Bukai is proud to serve his patient population as a comprehensive dental practice, recognizing sleep and airway as essential components. “According to the studies, honestly, every major disease that might lead to death is related to airway problems, sleep apnea, or lack of oxygenation during sleep,” he shared. From heart disease to dementia, diabetes, and stroke, several conditions are considered comorbidities of sleep apnea.
From a dental perspective, evidence of sleep apnea is right in front of the eyes. Dentists can screen patients during a standard hygiene exam and identify signs such as wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding or clenching, a scalloped tongue, a high palate, cavities, crowding, and a large tongue. “This is very exciting because we’re not looking only at the teeth and the mouth,” shared Dr. Bukai. “We’re looking at saving lives and improving the lifestyle of every patient that we see.”
That is the truth. In partnership with Vivos Therapeutics, Inc., dental professionals have the tools and resources to educate themselves and their patients, treating them early and effectively and giving them a higher quality of life. “Our goal is really to educate the patients so they own their problems rather than just throwing treatments at them.”
When discussing onboarding and his experience with integration, Dr. Bukai shared that “one of the most important areas that really hooked me with Vivos is the support system. You learn as you go, so start with your team. You have the basic knowledge. Start right away. Don’t delay it.”
My name is Dr. Bukai. I’m a general dentist out of Irvine, California. I practice in Stylish Smile Dental Clinic. I’ve been a Vivos provider for, uh, two years at the moment. We do all kind of comprehensive dentistry in the, our practice and sleep is part of it. Well, according to the studies, honestly, every single major disease that might lead to death now is related in a way or another to airway problem or sleep apnea, or lack of oxygenation during sleep. Of course, we look at the dental sciences. If they’re teeth grinding, they’re a large tongue, is the tongue scalloped, uh, do they have a high vaulted palate, uh? So, that’s the reason this is very exciting because we’re not looking only at the teeth and the mouth. We’re looking at saving life and looking and improving the lifestyle of every patients that we see, and this is very exciting to us. Our goal is really to educate the patients so they, they own their problems rather than just throwing treatments at them. One, uh, of the most important area that hooked me with Vivos is really the support system. So whether you’re looking at the x-ray, you have someone to help you with that, designing appliance, or how to treatment plan, you have someone to support you with that. You’ll learn as you go, so treat your, start with your team, start with your first patient, and you have all the support, so you learn from the first case. Don’t make it, don’t wait until everything is perfect say, okay now I have to know everything, I have to know all the details. No, you have the basic knowledge. Start right away, don’t delay it.