If you are struggling with snoring or sleep apnea, an oral appliance may
help reduce your symptoms.
If you would like to find out whether you are a candidate for an oral appliance,
please request a
Many people suffer from snoring or obstructive sleep apnea.
The consequences of these disorders include the following:
- Sleep deprivation
- Disrupted sleep for the snorer and the snorerâs sleeping partner
- Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
If you are seeking treatment for snoring, you should be evaluated by your
medical doctor prior to treatment if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Wake unrefreshed in the morning
- Fall asleep during the day at inappropriate times
- Periodically stop snoring or breathing during sleep, as observed by sleeping partner
If you have any of these symptoms you may have a more serious medical problem
than snoring called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). If OSA is suspected,
additional testing of your sleep may be necessary.
How can an oral appliance help reduce snoring or sleep apnea?
At Relaxation Dentistry an oral appliance can be custom made for you to
minimize or eliminate snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. In some cases
of OSA, it can decrease or eliminate your dependence on a CPAP (Continuous
Positive Airway Pressure) device. The oral appliance is a small, clear,
acrylic mouthpiece that fits over the upper and lower teeth or tongue
(similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard). This device slightly
advances the lower jaw or tongue, moving the base of the tongue forward
and opening the airway. This improves breathing and reduces snoring and
apnea. There are several different types of devices that can be made depending
on your treatment needs. The doctor will determine which appliance is
right for you at your consultation appointment.
When is an oral appliance indicated?
-Mild obstructive sleep apnea
-Moderate obstructive sleep apnea patients who prefer an oral appliance to CPAP
-Severe obstructive sleep apnea patients who cannot tolerate a CPAP
-For use in combination with nasal CPAP
-When itâs not possible to use CPAP (when traveling)
Are the appliances covered by insurance?
Since insurance plans vary widely we work with all our patients to help
them obtain reimbursement from their insurance carrier to the maximum
allowed by their plan. Most insurance companies have coverage for treatment
of obstructive sleep apnea with an oral appliance. Insurance companies
generally do not cover treatment for snoring only. If coverage is available
for oral appliances, it would come from the medical insurance carrier.
Most dental insurance companies do not cover treatment of obstructive
sleep apnea. We encourage you to call and check with your medical insurance
company. We will be happy to send information to your insurance company
regarding your situation to request a pre-determination of benefits
AVEO TSD SIMPLE, GENTLE SUCTION TONGUE ADVANCEMENT APPLIANCE
For patients who have jaw problems (TMJ disorder) or may not be able to
tolerate an oral appliance that advances the lower jaw, a simple gentle-suction
tongue advancement appliance may be the solution for you. The Aveo TSD
is available at Relaxation Dentistry for $300. To learn more about snoring,
sleep apnea, and the Aveo TSD tongue advancement appliance, please take
a few minutes to watch this video: