Just looking for a snoring mouthpiece? The snoring problems you are trying to solve may be a sign of life threatening sleep apnea.
With an estimated 18 million people with undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in America alone, there is a good chance that you or a loved one may be one of them. Getting treated now could add up to 15 years to your life and could significantly improve your quality of life.
Oral appliances, also known as mandibular advancement devices, are the alternative to CPAP many patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea have been looking for. The oral appliance is considered, by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, to be an appropriate first-line therapy for mild to moderate OSA and an appropriate second-line therapy for patients with severe OSA if they cannot tolerate CPAP. Other severe apneics, able to tolerate CPAP, can feel the difference in their energy and alertness with CPAP and oral appliance combination therapy.
There are various boil and bite snoring mouthpieces available over-the-counter, through the internet or via infomercials on TV. Using one of these quick and easy snoring solutions without getting a qualified dentist involved can be risky, potentially leading to serious health consequences.
Custom oral appliances are FDA approved and available for the treatment of sleep apnea only through a qualified dentist. A non-custom appliance (snoring appliance) could stop the snoring without adequately treating sleep apnea, and the low oxygen levels that can lead to health problems like heart disease and strokes. Other potential side effects of wearing a non-custom oral appliance such as TMJ disorders, bruxism and shifting of the tooth position, are more likely to occur compared to treatment guided by an experienced dentist providing a custom oral appliance.
Custom appliances are also shown to be more comfortable and effective than a snoring mouth guard.
Learn more about the importance of seeing a dentist for a custom mouthpiece and what qualities to look for in your snoring and sleep apnea dentist.
There are numerous dental devices for snoring and sleep apnea available to specially trained dentists to treat sleep disordered breathing. Depending on examination findings including the size and shape of the patient’s mouth and tongue, the dental health situation and any signs of TMJ disorder or bruxism, your dentist will weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each type of oral appliance type and recommend the right appliance. See a list of oral appliances and descriptions.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical disease so reimbursement falls under your Medical Health insurance plan, not a dental insurance plan. Insurance does not cover pre-fabricated snoring mouthpieces.
Whether your insurance policy covers your oral appliance depends on your insurance policy, as well as your medical history and sleep study results, based on documentation provided to the insurance company by your dentist. Choosing a dental office with training and experience in dental sleep medicine, documenting medical necessity and billing medical insurance for oral appliance therapy, increases your chances of insurance reimbursement and can also increase the amount of coverage.
Since few dentists are in-network providers for oral appliance therapy, experienced dental practices may be able to increase the percentage of coverage through a gap exception.
Snoring Isn’t Sexy dentists have access to the best training, education and help on billing insurance for sleep apnea treatment. The parent company of Snoring Isn’t Sexy, Nierman Practice Management, has been training dental practices on medical insurance reimbursement for TMJ disorders, oral appliance therapy and other medically necessary treatments for over 25 years and has helped more dental practices obtain medical insurance reimbursement than any other company.
If your appliance is properly fitted and adjusted, you should see an improvement in your energy levels, your relationships and overall quality of life! A qualified dentist will follow a treatment plan and certain protocols, such as follow up sleep studies and examinations to ensure your appliance is properly fitted and adjusted to get the maximum benefit from your appliance, while minimizing any potential side effects.
Snoring Isn’t Sexy™ dentists continually hear how oral appliance therapy has helped their patient’s lives and relationships.
“I feel great! I can travel again without my cumbersome CPAP and the oral appliance fits in my pocket I’m not overstating when I say ‘the oral appliance has changed my life’. I absolutely recommend this treatment“
- Don, oral appliance user and CPAP intolerant patient
“The oral appliance has helped me sleep better and I’m so grateful for the care the dental office has given me. My energy level has doubled.“
- CJ, oral appliance user and CPAP intolerant patient
Custom dental appliances for sleep apnea are covered by most medical insurance companies and Medicare.