VIVOS Children Appliance


A survey of over 500 children revealed that 9 in 10 exhibited at least one condition associated with sleep disordered breathing. Yet few health care professionals are able to fully connect all of these symptoms to their common root cause – an undeveloped mouth and jaws and a constricted airway. Children who can’t breath and sleep properly can’t grow and learn properly. 

The Vivos system for children promotes guided growth and development of the teeth, jaws, and airway. The Vivos system is a series of specially designed mouthpieces, worn in the evening and at night, that correct misaligned teeth and jaws. They immediately increase the oral volume and correct mouth breathing, both of which improve sleep. 

Our goal is to guide the growth and development of children to allow for all 32 permanent teeth to correctly grow into place, with wide palates, broad smiles, straight teeth and properly developed airways in order to eliminate the adult epidemic of Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 

The Vivos appliance system improves the quality of life of a child, helps them develop properly, and allows for straight properly aligned teeth, jaws and a wide open airway. Give your child the chance they deserve to live a full and healthy life. Ask us about our Vivos appliance system today! 760-746-3663



A tongue tie is the common term for what is clinically called a restricted lingual frenum. A restricted lingual frenum is the piece of tissue under the tongue that is tethered or tied so that the tongue is unable to lift up all the way or move in the way that it should be able to if the tongue were not restricted.

A tongue tie can cause or be related to many problems including:

  • head and neck tension or pain
  • headaches
  • TMD
  • swallowing problems
  • chewing problems
  • oral rest problems
  • mouth breathing
  • sleep disorders
  • mis-alignment of the jaws
  • malocclusion

A tongue tie release (lingual frenectomy or frenuloplasty) is a procedure that removes the piece of tissue that is restricting the tongue (the frenum).

Dr. Kerbs uses an Er:YAG laser to release the restricted frenum. A Er:YAG laser is a true non-touch laser and a cold laser – this is important when doing research on laser frenectomies, you do not want a frenectomy done with a diode laser as it is not a true laser and uses heat to preform the procedure which causes pain and longer healing times.

A lingual frenectomy done with an Er:YAG laser is a relatively easy and quick procedure. It takes approximately 30 minutes, there is very little bleeding, no sutures, reduced healing time when compared to traditional methods, and reduced post-operative discomfort when compared to traditional methods.

Dr. Kerbs always pairs with a myofunctional therapist when helping his patients who have tongue ties, myofunctional therapy will insure a successful release of the tongue and help the muscle to achieve proper function post-operatively.

Dr. Kerbs has performed hundreds of lingual frenectomies in his career, he also treats lip ties (labial frenums) and cheek ties (buccal frenums).

If you have any questions regarding any tethered tissues, (tongue tie, lip tie, cheek tie) please give our Escondido Dental Office a call today, our knowledgable team will be happy to answer all of your questions! 760-746-3663

We look forward to helping you achieve better health!

Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, uses the Vivos DNA System which represents a breakthrough treatment proven to easily, painlessly, and naturally remodel, reposition, and redevelop the anatomy that surrounds the head and neck including the upper and lower jaw and airway. The Vivos DNA appliance is a FDA registered Biomimetic oral appliance, which harnesses the body’s natural ability for self-correction through gene environmental interactions by using developmental mechanisms that are encoded that the level of the human genome. The Vivos DNA appliance system aims to put the body back into it’s correct developmental path. This makes this system unique in upper airway, orthodontic and craniofacial correction. Unlike traditional braces, the Vivos DNA appliance is not worn all the time. The appliance is only worn in the early evening and all night while asleep.

The Vivos DNA System:

  • Restores and helps maintain proper symmetry and alignment
  • Promotes craniofacial and orthodontic correction
  • Gives a broader, wider smile with improved esthetics
  • 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
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for other lifetime treatment options

The Vivos DNA appliance system has been clinically proven to treat and in some cases cure Obstructive Sleep Apnea, it does this through non-surgical remodeling of the upper airway. The biomimetic design of the Vivos DNA appliance results in more than just tooth movement. As the teeth move during treatment the bone structures within the face also change and grow. As the jaws grow into their fully developed form the rest of the facial structures are also signaled. This gives the face a better, more natural support system and may result in increased facial symmetry. Patients report improved overall facial esthetics, almost like a natural facelift without the pain or toxins associated with other cosmetic therapies.

Call our Escondido dental office today to ask how the Vivos DNA System may work for you! 760-746-3663

Escondido dentist, Dr. Kerbs and our team have recently completed some revolutionary training and are now fully certified in the Pinhole Surgical Technique.

Pinhole Gum Grafting Escondido

Pinhole gum rejuvenation is a scalpel-free, suture-free, and graft-free procedure for correcting gum recession and saving your teeth! The procedure can also help in the prevention of tooth loss and the need for other future procedures such as implants or dentures.

Through a tiny entry point, a specially designed instrument is used to gently reposition your gums to correct gum recession. Since the Pinhole Surgical Technique is a less invasive procedure, you can expect minimal post-operative symptoms. In many cases, treatment can be completed in as little as 1-2 hours. Most people who have had this procedure report that they are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic improvement as well as their ability to resume light activities within 24-48 hours of receiving treatment.

Gum rejuvenation can enhance a more youthful appearance and you may even find that you feel happier due to finally being able to smile without worrying about your receded gums.

If you have gum recession and wish it could go away, please call 760-746-3663 with your questions and one of our knowledgable team members will assist you in moving towards better health. Pinhole gum rejuvenation may be the answer for better health and a more beautiful smile!

In considering dental treatment, which may include removal and replacement of “silver” mercury amalgam fillings in your mouth, several points have been discussed.

The following are well established facts in scientific literature:

  1. There is no level of mercury exposure that can be regarded as safe or harmless.
  2. When originally placed “silver” amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury.
  3. Mercury is not “locked in” fillings and does escape in small amounts, mostly in the form of volatilized mercury vapor.
  4. Exposure to mercury increases with chewing, tooth brushing and heat.
  5. Mercury vapor is extremely toxic and easily absorbed. It’s toxicity is rated greater than lead, cadmium or arsenic.
  6. Leading toxicologists have concluded that mercury from amalgam fillings constitutes the single greatest source of exposure to humans and is greater than food, air or environmental sources.
  7. Animal studies have shown amalgam derived mercury accumulates in the body tissues and organs, it also travels through fetal blood supply to fetal tissues and is found in maternal milk.

Escondido holistic dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, has not placed a mercury filling in his practice for over 30 years and practices the safe removal of mercury fillings as laid out by the IAOMT.

If you have any questions regarding safe mercury amalgam filling removal please call our Escondido Dental Office today at 760-746-3663 or visit our website at http://www.drjkerbs.com.



Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, was trained by Dr. John Chao, the inventor of the Pinhole Gum Grafting technique. Dr. Kerbs follows Dr. Chao’s techniques to get successful, healthy results for his patients. Gum recession affects so many people and before this amazing gum grafting technique, there was not a solution that involved no cutting, no sutures, and less post-operative pain for the patient. Now, with Dr. Chao’s Pinhole Gum Grafting Technique, Dr. Kerbs is able to provide a healthy gumline with a better experience for his patients. The Pinhole gum grafting technique covers up the recessed gumline. Recession exposes the root structure which can cause sensitivity, pain, infection, loss of the tooth, and future more expensive restorative procedures.

Escondido Gum Rejuvenation

What is gum recession?

Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), traumatic occlusion (grinding and clenching), or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth.

Why should gum recession be taken seriously?

When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness.

What is Pinhole Gum Grafting?

Pinhole gum grafting is a minimally invasive option for treatment gum recession. Unlike traditional gum grafting techniques, the pinhole gum grafting technique is incision and suture free. No cutting of the gums, no stitches, less post-op pain.

How does the Pinhole Gum Grafting Technique differ from traditional gum grafting techniques?

Traditional gum grafting techniques involve the use of donor tissue or soft tissue grafts to re-build the gumline. This donor or graft tissue would then be sutured in place to join the existing tissue as it heals.

While this traditional grafting technique is effective, comparable results with better patient experience can be achieved with the Pinhole Gum Grafting Technique.

How is the Pinhole Gum Grafting Preformed?

During the Pinhole procedure a small hole is made in the existing gum tissue. Through this small pinhole, special instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue. These special instruments help expand and slide the gumline to cover the exposed root structure.

The Pinole Gum Grafting Technique does not require gum grafts, sutures or incisions. It simply involves the adjustment of the existing tissue.

What are the benefits of the Pinhole Gum Grafting Technique?

  • less discomfort for the patient after treatment
  • faster recovery for the patient than traditional grafting techniques
  • no need for uncomfortable sutures
  • no need for scalpels or invasive surgical tools
  • no need to take donor gum tissue from the patients palate
  • excellent, natural looking, long lasting results

If you have any questions regarding the Pinhole Gum Grafting Technique and how we can restore your gumline back to it’s original, youthful level, please call our Escondido Dental Office today at 760-746-3663. Dr. Kerbs’ knowledgable team is ready to assist you with all of your questions and help you find out if Pinhole Gum Grafting is the right choice for your receding gums.

Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, treats the TMJ with C2O (Condylar Centering Orthotic). TMJ therapy done with C2O is a proven and predictable way to stabilize the TMJ or jaw joint. The C2O is an acrylic horseshoe-shaped splint worn daily and adjusted weekly to allow for full joint relaxation. C2O splint therapy is usually recommended due to symptoms indicating instability between the teeth and jaw joint.

Escondido TMJ Treatment

What are the signs and symptoms of an unstable bite/joint?

One or more of the following:

  • Headaches
  • Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Facial Muscle Pain and Tension
  • Earaches, Ear Pain, Ringing in the Ears
  • Tooth Wear, Broken Teeth, Gum Recession
  • Unexplained Tooth or Mouth Pain

Why does C2O therapy work?

The key to stabilizing the joint and relaxing the inflamed muscles is to keep the teeth apart and center the the TMJ into it’s more stable position. If this is not done the TMJ will worsen over time and continue to cause damage to the teeth and joints.

C2O therapy allows Dr. Kerbs to stabilize the joint as he makes calculated adjustments on the C2O splint every week. This allows the TMJ to move into a healthy position. In most cases, our patients see significant pain relief within the first weeks of wearing the C2O splint. C2O therapy is meant to eliminate pain and discomfort caused by a disorder of the TMJ and settle the jaw joints to a healthy position.

If you experience head and neck pain, jaw pain, headaches, facial pain, ear aches, ringing in the ears, or tooth pain please call our Escondido dental office today at 760-746-3663. Our very knowledgable patient coordinator, Sara, is able to answer all of your questions regarding our TMJ / TMD therapy and help you decide if Dr. Kerbs is the right fit to help you get relief from pain associated with the TMJ.

Escondido dentist, Dr. Kerbs, uses the Pinhole technique to treat gum recession. The Pinhole technique is a scalpel-free, suture-free, graft-free treatment option for receding gums. This gum grafting procedure is quick, requires one visit, is minimally invasive, heals very fast and has instant results.

Pinhole Gum Grafting Escondido

10 Benefits of Pinhole Gum Grafting

  1. Can correct gum recession in as little as one visit
  2. Minimal discomfort
  3. Long term results
  4. The pinholes heal in 24 hours
  5. No prescription pain medication needed
  6. Can prevent tooth loss and other expensive procedures
  7. Treatment sessions can be completed in as little as 1-2 hours
  8. Can enhance a more youthful and attractive appearance
  9. Patients see instant results
  10. Most patients are back to normal light activity within 24-48 hours

Pinhole gum grafting is very different than other gum grafting procedures. Most patients have heard of traditional gum grafting procedures as being painful and requiring multiple visits, sutures, and not being as successful as they may have liked. With Pinhole gum grafting there are minimal post-operative symptoms due to the lack of cutting or stitching. And, the best part is the results are instant and predictable. Patients are pleasantly surprised by the instant cosmetic results.

Escondido Gum Rejuvenation

Call Dr. Kerbs office for more information on gum grafting with Pinhole technique. We are here to answer all of your questions and help you get successful results with gum grafting. 760-746-3663 We look forward to helping you achieve a healthier smile!


What is a Biological Dentist?

A biological dentist is concerned about the materials used within the mouth and within the dental practice.

Dr. Kerbs uses only the safest materials in dentistry. He uses bio-compatible materials in all of his restorations and does not use metal in any of his restorations. Dr. Kerbs feels that all materials used in the mouth should not only be safe, but also function well and look natural.

Dr. Kerbs practices biological, conservative dentistry. This is an integral part of his practice. Dr. Kerbs looks at the treatment plan for his patients seeking to conserve as much tooth structure as possible in order to keep the teeth healthier for life. Conserving as much tooth structure as possible, allows the teeth to stay stronger over the years. Often times Dr. Kerbs is able to do a filling or cosmetic bonding rather than a crown, in order to save tooth structure. At times when a crown is necessary, Dr. Kerbs does a conservative preparation of the tooth, removing as little tooth structure as possible.

Young woman, her face upward, enjoying the sun

Dr. Kerbs Office is mercury free, mercury safe, metal free, fluoride free, and uses ozone water during all procedures including dental cleanings. Dr. Kerbs uses ozone in all aspects of his dental procedures. Dr. Kerbs uses the latest laser technology with his Fotona ND/ER yag laser which provides his patients with better healing times and less invasive procedure options. Dr. Kerbs caters to nervous patients with his complimentary comfort menu, ask our team about all of the free comforts available to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

Looking at the overall picture, is very important to Dr. Kerbs. He analyzes the way the mouth functions as a whole, including the teeth, gums, bone, TMJ, muscles in the head and neck and the way the teeth meet and bite together. Dr. Kerbs recognizes that the mouth is connected to the body and that there is a direct link to the mouth and the body’s symptoms (the systemic connection). Dr. Kerbs and his hygienists focus on health and prevention in every aspect of their practice. Conservative dental techniques have been achieved from thousands of hours of continuing education and accreditation with leading associations in holistic and cosmetic dentistry. It is Dr. Kerbs goal for every person to achieve and maintain health for life.

Please contact our Escondido Holistic Dental Office today at 760-746-3663. We are here to answer all of your questions regarding biological dentistry.

Escondido Dentist, Dr Jeffry Kerbs, treats TMJ with success. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is something that everyone has, its the joint that allows our mouth to open and close. When the TMJ starts to have pain, popping, discomfort, this means that the bones, muscles and ligaments of the jaw joint aren’t functioning at their best, resulting in temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).


TMD can present itself as up to 120 different symptoms that mimic other illnesses, making it difficult to diagnose. Symptoms like morning headaches, sore facial muscles, popping or clicking sounds when you chew, neck and back pain, toothaches, tooth sensitivity, ringing in the ears, ear aches, bowel and stomach issues, and numb fingers are just some of the symptoms that can be connected to your jaw, TMJ, function.

Dr Kerbs is highly trained to diagnose and treat TMD. If you have any of these issues, call today to schedule a consultation, we are here to help. 760-746-3663