Sleep Apnea Appliances
Do You HATE CPAP for treating your sleep apnea? Are you looking for an alternative to the CPAP machine? Tired of looking like this?
Great news! We have a solution for your CPAP nightmares.
Oral appliances that treat sleep apnea are small, non-invasive appliances that are worn in the mouth, similar to an orthodontic retainer or sports mouth guard.
How do sleep apnea appliances work?
During sleep, the lower jaw and tongue relax and fall backwards into the airway. In addition the throat tissues and musculature become loose and flaccid. When this happens, the airflow is made to force its way past the throat tissues. This causes the tissues to vibrate resulting in the sounds of snoring. For some patients, the airway actually closes causing a more harmful airway obstruction (Obstructive Sleep Apnea). Mandibular repositioning appliances hold the mandible forward and upward, tightening the base of the tongue and throat tissues, instead of down and backward. This tightens and opens the airway during sleep.
Does medical insurance cover these?
Typically the answer is yes! Obstructive Sleep Apnea oral appliances are considered to be medical devices. Therefore, any reimbursement consideration has to be done through your medical insurance. As with all insurance claims, specific guidelines need to be followed to receive or be considered for reimbursement.
How can we get your new sleep apnea appliance covered?
We just need the following items to get your appliance pre-approved from your medical insurance:
- A diagnosis of sleep apnea
- A referral from their primary care physician stating an intolerance to CPAP
- Completed a sleep study
How can you get started?
Call our office at 616-669-6600 and we can help you on the way to a better night’s sleep.
Once everything is in place, just a few short appointments will have you sleeping comfortably.