Oral Appliance Therapy
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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has designated “…sleep oral appliances as the NUMBER ONE treatment avenue for mild and moderate sleep apnea and snoring.” and number two treatment avenue for severe OSA when the patient is intolerant to CPAP or needs to be used in conjunction with CPAP.
We placed the first oral appliance for the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea in August 1998 and have helped many patients to enjoy a much healthier life ever since.
It is important to consult a dentist experienced with the use of oral appliances. Whenever the jaw is moved, there is risk of creating discomfort or a “TMJ” (jaw joint) problem. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that the treating dentist “must be capable of treating TMJ Dysfunction.
Oral Appliance Therapy involves the selection, fitting, and use of a specially designed oral appliance worn during sleep that maintains an opened unobstructed airway in the throat.
Oral appliances work in several ways:
-Repositioning the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and uvula
-Stabilizing the lower jaw and tongue
-Increasing the muscle tone of the tongue
Oral appliance therapy is being taught to dentists in postgraduate courses. This special training helps us choose the most appropriate appliance for each patient. OSA appliances often look similar to orthodontic retainers and TMJ appliances. They are usually made from clear acrylics, and may have adjustment features.
Most medical insurance companies pay for oral appliance therapy. We are now accepting Medicare for Oral appliance Therapy only. We can help you with complimentary medical insurance billing for all PPO's, no HMO's.
If you don't have insurance, the cost of an oral appliance to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea varies from $150,00 to $300.00 for a temporary appliance and $1.300.00 to $7.000.00 for a FDA approved custom appliance.
Our patients receive a custom fit temporary appliance once the examination process is completed, in order to help them to stop snoring the same day.
For those patients without insurance, we offer a complimentary initial consultation for snoring and sleep apnea treatment.
Now, we are Medicare DME providers and are accepting Medicare only for oral appliance therapy. Medicare pays for this treatment option under the DME (durable medical equipment) program.
All appliances attempt to dilate or open the airway by altering the position of the lower jaw. Benefits include:
-Excellent patient acceptance and compliance
-Non-invasive, conservative treatment
-Repositioning the soft palate and stabilizing the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and uvula
-Moderate cost-compared to other treatments
-Increased muscle tone, pharyngeal and geniogloss muscle activity.
The efficacy of oral appliance therapy is clear in the scientific literature and has been common since the 1980's. An increasing awareness in the dental profession is evident with the growing international Snoring Association and the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
Oral appliance therapy has been recommended by the American Academy of Sleep medicine and the National Institutes of Health for the treatment of mild to moderate Obstructive sleep apnea, and in all cases of CPAP intolerance (including severe OSA). As such, most health insurance companies cover the cost of oral appliance therapy.
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