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VIVOS Pediatric Appliance, DNA and MRNA Appliance Therapy 


Many children suffer from underdeveloped upper and lower jaws. Signs of underdeveloped mouth and jaws are:

  • Crowded teeth / Crooked teeth

  • High narrow palate

  • Recessed chin

  • Deep bite

  • Over bite

  • Undeveloped cheek bones

  • Gummy smiles


Often times children who suffer from a small upper and lower jaws have difficulty breathing at night. Snoring, mouth breathing, audible breathing are all signs of a sleep disorder. Sleep disorders in children should be addressed as soon as possible as children cannot grow when they are not sleeping well. The following are all health concerns that can be linked to a lack of a good night's sleep:

  • Bed wetting

  • Asthma

  • Depression

  • Aggression

  • Anxiety

  • Arrested growth

  • Chronic allergies

  • Snoring

  • Fatigue

  • Obesity

  • Academic challenges

  • Mouth breathing

  • Low IQ



The most important growth stages for the upper and lower jaw occur during childhood. Early intervention, diagnosis and treatment may drastically improve a child’s overall health and wellness.

The VIVOS system is easy to wear, it’s a removable appliance that is worn in the evening and during sleep. The appliance is measured to fit the mouth and help the upper and lower jaw grow correctly. The appliance encourages nasal breathing. This is extremely important. The nose is our breather - the nose filters our air, warms our air, humidifies our air and sterilizes our air, breathing through the nose creates nitric oxide production which is a vasodilator and keeps the nasal passages open. Continuous nasal breathing in children will improve breathing during sleep dramatically. The appliance positions the jaws in a way that the upper and lower jaw should articulate, it allows the body to know where the bones should be growing. There are tooth slots that guide the teeth into a better position and relationship with each other. The VIVOS system may be able to prevent the need for braces for many children.


Dr. Kerbs sees children ages 3- 14 for the pediatric appliance.



Similar to children, adults can have upper and lower jaws that didn’t develop properly. The signs of this are the same as children and include crowded and crooked teeth, recessed chin and narrow arches, deep bite or overbite, underdeveloped cheek bones and gummy smiles. In adults, underdeveloped jaws almost always lead to a compromised airway and sleep issues like mouth breathing, snoring and sleep apnea.

Normal breathing is silent and happens through the nose. Nasal breathing should be effortless and quiet with air going in and out of the nose with closed lips. Silent nasal breathing is what allows our bodies to achieve healthy and restorative sleep.

Mouth Breathing, Snoring and Sleep Apnea are not normal. The effects of snoring and sleep apnea can be:

  • Daytime sleepiness

  • High blood pressure

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Diabetes

  • Asthma

  • Chronic allergies

  • Headaches

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Obesity

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Attention deficit

  • Aggression

  • Chronic pain

  • Mood swings

  • Increased chance of stroke and cardiac arrest

  • Erectile dysfunction

  • Grinding and Clenching / Bruxism 

  • GERD


Through proper diagnosis, Dr. Kerbs is able to determine the growth deficit and develop a custom appliance to create growth of the upper and lower jaw to correct for the compromised or obstructed airway.

Dr. Kerbs works with both the DNA and MRNA appliance systems to non-surgically remodel the airway. The appliance systems are comfortable and removable. They are only worn during the evening and during the night. There is no pain involved, the appliance is passive. Through subtle vibrations the appliance activates the dormant stem cells present in the periodontal ligament to expand and grow the upper and lower arch. The expansion and forward growth of the upper and lower jaw remodels the airway.

The DNA and MRNA appliance systems are FDA approved and have been shown to significantly reduce or completely eliminate snoring and sleep apnea. The treatment typically takes anywhere from 12-24 months.

If you or someone you love is suffering from snoring, sleep apnea, or any of the above conditions, please contact our office for a consultation today to find out if the VIVOS system may be the answer.


The Vivos DNA System:

  • Restores and helps maintain proper symmetry and alignment

  • Promotes craniofacial and orthopedic correction

  • Gives a broader, wider smile 

  • A solution for crowded or crooked teeth, gummy smiles, narrow palates, TMD, sleep bruxism and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

  • Allows for higher quantity and quality of sleep

  • Can drastically reduce or even eliminate snoring

  • Promotes a more beautiful, symmetrical and attractive face “a DNA facelift”

  • Restore normal breathing and sleep patterns which improve overall health



The MRNA Appliance System:

A common dental treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a mandibular advancement device (MAD). A mandibular advancement device is worn at night and brings the lower jaw forward which lifts the tissues off of the airway and thus improves sleep. While MAD are successful to a degree there are drawbacks in that these devices can cause bite discrepancies as well as TMJ problems and pain. Also, research now shows that with prolonged use of splints such as CPAP AND MAD, sleep apnea worsens with time.

The MRNA appliance is FDA cleared for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The MRNA appliance is similar to the more traditional MAD appliances in that if brings the lower jaw forward, however, is differs in that as the lower jaw is being held forward the upper jaw is being stimulated to grow which remodels the airway. In this way, the MRNA is not just a splint, it is a potential cure for OSA. The MRNA, like the DNA, is only worn in the evening and at night.

These appliance systems, the DNA and MRNA, are easy to wear, do not cause any forceful movements or pain.

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