The portable FDA-cleared device reportedly closely mimics natural saliva flow and can be used 24/7.
Virginia Head and Neck Therapeutics Inc recently launched Voutia, a device which provides continuous relief from xerostomia, commonly known as chronic dry mouth. The patented, FDA-cleared device was invented by Jeffrey Cash, DDS, company founder and chief science officer.
Traditional treatments for xerostomia include mouthwashes, lozenges, diet, and prescription medication. While these treatments sometimes provide short term symptom relief, they fail to replace what is missing – moisture, according to the company. In contrast, Voutia reportedly closely mimics natural saliva flow. The portable unit incorporates a quiet lightweight micro-pump, a water bottle, and ultra-fine tubing to deliver a continuous moisture stream directly to the user’s mouth. According to the company, the device is fully portable and can be used 24 hours 7 days per week, even during sleep. The small earpiece and micro tube make Voutia nearly imperceptible in normal social interaction.
Chronic dry mouth can have a wide range of causes. These include the aging process, illnesses such as Sjögren’s disease, and prescription medications such as antidepressants. Cash’s personal mission to find a practical solution for xerostomia was intensified by his firsthand experience with dry mouth while undergoing cancer treatment in 2000. Chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery can affect normal salivary gland function making the condition a common problem for cancer patients and survivors.
According to the company, the Voutia system has been beta tested for over 4 years by volunteers with severe dry mouth symptoms. Most had tried traditional treatments and realized limited relief or benefit.