Oral Appliance Therapy
Dental Sleep Devices (also know as Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) are the most common dental sleep devices used when treating sleep apnea and snoring. Oral appliances open the airway by 1 — keeping the lower jaw from falling down and back and 2 — holding the lower jaw slightly open and forward. Because the tongue is attached to the jaw, as the jaw moves forward your airway is made larger by the forward movement of the tongue. Opening the airway decreases snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Most people find these devices much more comfortable than a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine (CPAP, the other primary treatment for OSA and snoring).
Many times the cost for your dental sleep therapy is covered or supplemented by medical insurance. We typically need a diagnosis from a sleep study and a Letter of Medical Necessity in order to get your claim paid. Pre-authorization might be required as well.