What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which breathing starts and stops repeatedly throughout the night. Breathing can stop anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes and may happen up to 30 times an hour. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and if you feel tired after a full night of sleep. Sleep apnea is often treated through lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, sleep appliances, or even surgery.
Do I need a custom device? Can I order one off TV?
Dental sleep devices are more effective and comfortable when they are custom-made rather than self-fitting as advertised on TV. The self-fitting devices are typically less effective and larger in size. Often times, the larger size may cause more harm by obstructing your airway. The self-fitting appliances are not always adjustable, which may lead to pain or discomfort. A custom-made device is unique to your needs, and will ensure that you are receiving the proper treatment for sleep apnea. You should always seek proper medical advice to avoid serious health risks.
Can my physician make my dental device?
According to the American Association of Sleep Medicine, dental sleep devices should only be made by a dentist who has had special training in the field of sleep medicine, therefore, your regular physician cannot make your device.
Is my dental device therapy covered by my dental or medical insurance?
Most of the time, the cost of your dental sleep appliance is covered or partially covered under your medical insurance, not dental insurance. Our team is dedicated to minimizing the cost and helping you to maximize your benefits.
How long do dental sleep devices last?
The lifetime of your dental sleep appliance is dependent on the person using the device, the type of device made, and how well your device is maintained. Devices that are taken care of properly should last between two to five years before having them replaced. Some medical insurance providers will cover a new sleep appliance every two years. Typically, if the device has faults or experiences any problems within the first year, the cost to have it fixed or replaced will be covered by your initial fee.
Can you make an appliance just for snoring?
If you have a history of snoring but have never had a sleep test, it is advised that you are screened and tested for a more serious disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Many people have obstructive sleep apnea but do not even realize it. If you have had a sleep test or a diagnosis of Primary Snoring, then a dental sleep device can be made to control the sound and the severity of your snoring.
Is a dental device comfortable?
While wearing your sleep device regularly, it is easy to adapt to and become apart of your routine. Getting used to your sleep device may take time, but most patients cannot sleep without it as they feel much better the following morning. Almost all patients that use their sleep device regularly are comfortable.