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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 complimentary consultation.

 

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 snorer’s sleeping partner
-Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
-Moodiness/irritability

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?
-Primary snoring
-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 it’s 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.

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