Oral Appliance Therapy - treatment for snoring and sleep apnea that lets you rest . . . easy

Better than CPAP!

Oral Appliances
When CPAP is not an option
Oral Appliance Therapy
As more studies are done, oral appliance therapy is becoming a primary option for treating snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea. Recent protocol updates from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine have specified Oral Appliance Therapy as a preferred treatment option for patients suffering from snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnea as well as for patients with severe sleep apnea who cannot tolerate CPAP or as an option in addition to CPAP. ​
  1. What are oral appliances?
    Oral appliances are similar to the mouth guards worn in sports. They fit over your upper and lower teeth and are custom designed to each patient. They move your jaw slightly (millimeters) forward to open your airway during sleep.
  2. Why do patients chose them?
    Oral appliances are easy to use, they travel well and are easy to maintain. They are non-invasive and in most cases have little or no side effects. When fit by a dentist with additional training in dental sleep medicine, you can achieve optimum results, ensure comfort and have minimal side effects. In addition, they are customized to each patient for fit, and to better accommodate the demands of normal nighttime movement.
  3. Does insurance cover them?
    Most policies that cover CPAP therapy also cover Oral Appliance Therapy. It is covered by medical, not dental insurance. We will assist in helping you to obtain the greatest possible reimbursement available to you through the medical policy you or your employer has purchased.
  4. How long does it take to get one?
    Once you have received a diagnosis from a physician, and have visited our office to determine if you are a candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), then we take impressions (each appliance is customized) and have your appliance made. The process usually takes 3 - 4 weeks.
  5. How long does it take to work?
    The answer to this varies from patient to patient with some patients experiencing an immediate resolution. Overall, we estimate that it can take anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks to find the best setting for your appliance to be both effective and comfortable. We work with you throughout the process and see you for follow up appointments to make sure your care is progressing and your jaw remains comfortable.
  6. What do I do first?
    Start by understanding that sleep apnea is a medical problem and must be diagnosed by a physician. If you need a physician referral, please contact our office - we'll be glad to assist you with names of doctors who can help you. Once you've seen a doctor and gotten a diagnosis, then call us, make an appointment and we will help manage the rest.
  7. What happens at our office?
    At our office we take the time needed to understand your specific snoring or apnea experience. We then review your medical records, take impressions of your bite and together we decide on what appliance is best for you. We then have a customized appliance created for you. When your appliance is ready, we test the fit, make any minor adjustments that may be needed, and review with you, how it works and what to expect moving forward.
  8. Will you work with my doctor?
    Quality care is our primary intention for you. Your doctor is consistently made aware of the treatment we are providing you and the results of your treatment. Quality sleep is essential and as part of your health care team, we do our best to keep everyone informed.
  9. Do I just get an oral appliance & I'm cured?
    Obstructive sleep apnea is not a disease but rather a condition that usually develops over time - influenced by weight gain and normal bodily changes that occur as we age. As such, the treatment is ongoing and should be used consistently for maximum benefit to your overall health. If you have a CPAP you are not using, an oral appliance is an alternative treatment that many find far more acceptable and so use it and do so every night.
  10. I sleep alone, so why get treated?
    Studies have shown that left untreated, sleep apnea increases risk of chronic disease and can as a result, shorted your life span by over 5 years. As a less invasive option than CPAP, oral appliances travel easily with you, help you get the restorative sleep you need and we think you're worth it.
  11. What if I don't get treated?
    Lack of restorative sleep has been linked to higher risk of chronic disease. When faced with potential situations such as diminished brain function, accelerated physical decline or other debilitating diseases, informed patients generally opt for treatment. Please let us know if we can provide any information regarding oral appliance therapy, obstructive sleep apnea or the need for sleep. It is our intention to provide the information needed to make an educated choice.