“It’s a pattern that’s almost reliably there if you look for it.”
– Dr. Thomas Dickson
Dr. Thomas Dickson on Recognizing Patterns in Patients
Dr. Dickson has a passion for patients, understanding their needs and how their bodies are ineffectively compensating. What do we mean by this? When we look at a patient at face value, they might present with specific signs and symptoms. Spend enough time with them, and we may begin to notice they possess specific psychiatric issues and are diagnosed with many sleep-and-airway-related comorbidities.
“It’s a pattern that’s almost reliably there if you look for it,” shares Dr. Dickson. “It all goes back to their sleep cycle, their airway, how are they oxygenating, [and] how are they trying to compensate for these other things.”
The bottom line is that many individuals develop other symptoms and comorbidities because they are not receiving enough oxygen and are not getting deep enough and restorative sleep. Sleep is essential to our emotional and physical well-being, as it allows our bodies to rest, repair themselves, fight off infection, enhance our memory and learning capability, and more.
The challenge is that many healthcare providers have received little to no education on sleep and airway and their relation to the entire body. That is where Vivos Therapeutics, Inc. steps in to assist. Vivos Therapeutics, Inc. specializes in education, teaching dentists and other healthcare professionals to understand these patients, their specific needs, when to screen for sleep and airway disorders, and how to treat them effectively and permanently.
“As the knowledge base is so in-depth with Vivos, you do not need a lot of additional training to treat patients,” says Dr. Dickson. “It is a proven system to deal with a potentially deadly disorder, noninvasively and effectively.”
I’m Thomas Dickson. I practice in, uh, Salt Lake, a suburb called Midvale, and I’ve been there for 28 years. That’s the number one complain that people come in with and say, ‘I snore, can you help? Or my wife snores, can you help her?’ And that, that type of conversation. And it all just goes back to their sleep cycle, their airway, how are they oxygenating, how are they trying to compensate for all these other things, lots of grinding, lots of clicking and jaws, that type of stuff. It’s, it’s just a pattern that’s almost reliably there if you look for it. In a lot of people that have comorbidities associated with airway, they have been dismissed for years as psychiatric. It’s nice to be able to say there are psychiatric patients. There are people that have these problems, but a huge percentage of them are people who are driven to psychiatric symptoms because of their airway problems. As the knowledge base is so in-depth in Vivos that you do not need a lot of additional training to effectively treat patients. You can enter into it with a high degree of confidence, with a high degree of success, and it doesn’t leave you in a situation like, ‘well I wish I had known that,’ like I was 20 years ago. I think so many of the other treatment modalities are invasive, and they are very hit and miss in their effect. Some patients would rather have an invasive, instantaneous, even it has a lower success rate, than something that requires patience. It is a proven system to deal with a potentially deadly disorder non-invasively and effectively.