An oral appliance is a very good solution for patients suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). They are also indicated for patients with obstructive sleep apnea who are intolerant of using their CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) devices. The small plastic device fits over one or both of the dental arches similar to a sports mouth guard.
For more information about alternative sleep apnea treatment options, please call Orange Center for Cosmetic Dentistry today at (714) 385-1672.
Types of Oral Appliances
Oral appliances usually fall into one of two catagories, working either to advance the lower jaw (MAD: Mandibular Advancement Device) or by moving the tongue in a forward direction either by suction or pressure. These are appliances that have been approved by the FDA as well for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
In the case of either catagory of appliance, they are both custom fit and comfortable to wear, ensuring that the throat is kept open during sleep and the flow of air and oxygen keeps moving. When the airway remains open, snoring is dramatically reduced and a better night's sleep is the reward for the sleep apnea patient and his/her bed partner.
How Can I Get an Oral Appliance?
An oral appliance is easy to fabricate. It usually involves a simple impression of your upper and lower teeth. The type of device will be discussed and the impressions of your teeth will be sent to a laboratory for fabrication.
At your delivery appointment, your appliance will be tried in for fit and comfort, and you will be given instructions on its care. Follow-up care is important and necessary. Follow-up adjustment appointments ensure that the appliance is comfortable and working effectively addressing your obstructive sleep apnea. Your follow-up care may include a sleep study to demonstrate the effectiveness of the device as well.
The majority of the cost of oral appliance therapy is usually covered by standard PPO medical insurance. HMO medical insurances may cover oral appliances in their own network as well. If a patient has a CPAP machine that was covered by medical insurance and is unable to use it, that patient is often times still eligible for an oral appliance.
Eligibility and coverage by insurance carrier is always handled on a case by case basis.
Please call (714) 385-1672 or complete the form on this page to speak to Dr. Henry about oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea. Our Orange County dental office wlecomes patients from Anaheim, Fullerton, Orange, and other nearby communities.