Will my insurance cover the appliance?
The oral appliance is covered under your medical insurance. We are in network and participate with most insurance companies so there is little or no out of pocket expense.
What is the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?
Snoring is when the airway becomes partially blocked. This narrowing of the airway causes vibrations of the palate which creates snoring. Most times this is minor and the body still gets enough oxygen so little or no harm is caused.
Sleep apnea is when a patient stops breathing and oxygen is completely blocked. These events can happen from a few times to over 100 times an hour during a sleep cycle and last from several seconds to minutes each time. A patient is sometimes unaware that these events are present, but can lead to many problems.
Do I need a sleep study before I get an oral appliance?
Yes, a sleep study is needed to determine if you have sleep apnea. However, we offer thorough and comfortable sleep tests that are done in the comfort of your own home and diagnosed by a certified sleep doctor.
The certified sleep physician will read the data and provide a diagnosis accompanied by a report that provides detailed apnea analysis, snoring analysis, and oxygenation analysis. It also suggests if a patient is a good candidate for oral appliance therapy.
Should I use CPAP or an oral appliance?
CPAP machine is the gold standard for patients with severe sleep apnea. Many people, however, are unable to wear the CPAP and if they do, they cannot wear it all night, every night without being uncomfortable.
Oral appliances are a recommended first time treatment option for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea and for patients with CPAP intolerance in cases of severe obstructive sleep apnea (as quoted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine).
Is my bed mate affected by my sleep apnea?
Yes, a bed partner can lose hours of sleep per night. Loud snoring, gasping for air, and disruptive breathing can cause your bed mate to have disturbed sleep, as well as you.
Does sleep apnea cause health risks?
Yes, sleep apnea should be taken seriously. People with sleep apnea have an increased risk of stroke, hypertension, and heart attack. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to increased chances of traffic accidents due to drowsy driving or falling asleep at the wheel. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that they suffer from sleep apnea.
Can anyone have sleep apnea?
Yes, anyone can have sleep apnea, regardless of age, size, weight, and health history. More than 18 million suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.
There are a number of factors that increase risk, including having a small upper airway (or large tongue, tonsils or uvula), being overweight, having a recessed chin, small jaw or a large overbite, a large neck size, and genetics. Men generally have a higher risk, however, women’s risk increases during and after menopause.