Vivos Voices Dr. Larson

September 18, 2021

“That may be your normal, but it’s not normal to feel exhausted and have to rely on chemicals and caffeine to get you through the day.”

– Dr. Jean Larson

Dr. Jean Larson on the Problem of Normalized Exhaustion

This week on Vivos Voices, we visited with Dr. Jean Larson, an experienced dentist and passionate Vivos Integrated Provider (VIP).

We understand that for some dentists, integrating Vivos into your practice can seem daunting. But, out of all of our providers, not a single one regrets it. “We integrated Vivos about six months ago. It’s been crazy and incredible,” shares Dr. Larson. “It took us a while to get on board and join Vivos, and I think the biggest part was just ‘How is this possible?’ It seems too good to be true.”

We get it. But it’s also the truth. The science in dentistry is evolving as our understanding of the human body grows. With a more holistic approach to healthcare, we can do things never before thought possible. We can reverse the clock; reduce the number of heart disease, dementia, and stroke patients; and give individuals their lives back.

“When we integrated this, we were able to educate our patients on a whole new level, not just ‘Oh, your teeth need this’ or ‘That tooth needs that,’ but be able to talk to them as a whole person. ‘Hey, are you sleeping well?’ We see a lot of patients who exhibit signs of bruxism, people who are waking up feeling exhausted, tired, just not sleeping well at all throughout the night, and they don’t even know that they’re doing this.”

Many individuals go undiagnosed because it’s impossible to notice signs of obstructive sleep apnea while sleeping unless a bed partner tells you. That’s why dentists are in the best position to screen for sleep apnea. They can see the underlying signs within the mouth, such as crooked teeth, a high vaulted palate, crowding, a scalloped tongue, and more. In addition, daytime exhaustion, mental fog, an inability to concentrate, morning headaches, and moodiness are just some of the other debilitating symptoms individuals may experience.

“They’re like, ‘Oh, this is my normal. I have to have my three or four cups of coffee throughout the day,’” says Dr. Larson. “And then you talk to them about it and you’re like, ‘Hey, you know, that may be your normal, but it’s not normal to feel exhausted and have to rely on chemicals and caffeine to get you through the day.’”

“I’m excited to be able to treat them as a whole person, not just their mouth.”