Insurance Coverage for Sleep Apnea Devices

Question: Does medical insurance cover oral devices? If so, which ones? Answer: Many insurance plans cover devices that meet certain criteria. They must be FDA approved, custom-made, and placed and monitored by a dentist. There are more than 100 FDA-approved oral care devices. Question: How can I know if my insurance covers oral devices and how much of the cost it covers? Answer: Policies vary. Call your insurance provider or ask your dentist to call. A benefit estimator will know if your plan includes coverage though he or she may not know how much it covers. Question: Does medical insurance pay for anti-snoring devices? Answer: No. Covered devices must be medically necessary, custom made, and fitted by a dentist to ensure that you receive the best care. When snoring stops, you may still have sleep apnea episodes. Your dentist and physician should cooperate to manage your sleep...

Oral Appliance Therapy

More patients with obstructive sleep apnea are being treated with oral appliance therapy. Studies have shown that the oral appliance therapy is highly-effective. It also has a high rate of success. Oral appliance therapy is ideal for patients with obstructive sleep disorder or snoring. It is also great for people who are looking for an alternative treatment. People who want to get oral appliance therapy should have at least 10 well-supported, healthy and well-distributed teeth. They must also have a tempo-mandibular joint system that is stable without restriction and pain during protrusive or lateral excursions. Dentists have to receive extra training in dental sleep medicine because this is not taught in residency programs or dental school. There are several oral appliances available. Patient physiology, anatomy, preferences and sleep behavior are things that determine the type of oral appliance that is recommended. Patients who use oral appliance therapy will need to follow-up regularly with their physicians and...

Predictor of Bad Health and Behavior

A study that was published in JAMA in 2013 showed that snoring is a health killer that is not so silent. The reason that people with sleep apnea snore so loudly is because they have a partially obstructed airway. Snoring can also have a negative effect on the heart. A study done by Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit showed that snoring can be one of the first indications of heart damage. Snoring can also have a number of negative effects on children. Children who snore may have behavioral issues in the future. Researchers have found that children who snore are more likely to develop hyperactivity disorder. They are also likely to develop anxiety, depression and other emotional problems. A report done by the Melbourne Monash Institute of Research stated that snoring affects behavior and learning in children by waking them...

A Dentist’s Role In Sleep Apnea

A good night’s sleep helps restore the mind and body. However, it is estimated that 18 million people in America do not get a good night’s rest due to the fact that they have sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more at night. According to J. Micheal, DDS, FAGD, dentists are often the first ones to diagnose sleep apnea because patients typically see them more than their doctor. A dentist may refer the patient to a sleep medicine specialist. The patient may have to return to the dentist for further treatment. The treatment that is recommended is contingent upon the severity of the disorder. Losing weight, quitting smoking and altering the sleep position can help treat sleep apnea. A dental appliance can also be used to treat sleep apnea. Patients with severe sleep apnea may be required to use a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP machine. This device keeps the airway open by distributing continuous air pressure. It is important for you to have an open and honest conversation with your dentist if you suspect that you have sleep apnea. Morning headaches, insomnia, dry mouth and excessive snoring are some of the symptoms of sleep apnea. To receive a complimentary dental sleep apnea training consultation, please call us at (818)...

How Doctors Diagnose Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition wherein a person unknowingly stops breathing while asleep, only to start breathing again a few seconds later. Frequent incidents of sleep apnea can lower the quality of sleep and typically results in excessive daytime sleepiness. Obstructions within the throat, mouth, or nose, can cause sleep apnea, but such obstructions are not always discovered by a physician’s standard visual evaluation. At this point, a physician may refer their patient to a sleep specialist or an ear, nose, and throat doctor for further evaluation. A sleep specialist may perform an overnight examination of the patient known as polysomnography, whereby a patient is connected to monitoring equipment while they sleep in the controlled environment of a sleep center. At-home polysomnography equipment also exists for full-night sleep studies that do not require any sort of special intervention, such as in the case of a split-sleep study where they wake the patient and connect them to a positive pressure breathing apparatus. Read testimonials of some of our valued clients who have taken our dental sleep apnea...
 
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