What is a Dental Sleep Appliance?
Oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). A custom-fit oral sleep appliance can improve your sleep, restore your alertness and revitalize your health. Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway.
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable, convenient for travel and easy to care for.
Oral appliance therapy can be covered by many medical insurance plans and our clinic is in network with Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Health Care. To obtain medical insurance reimbursement for your appliance, you'll need a sleep study and based on those results your physician will need to write a prescription for the appliance. After a careful evaluation, Dr. Tenholder will recommend the oral appliance that is best for you.
If I'm Eligible, What's Next?
At your first visit, we will conduct a complete clinical evaluation. This will include an examination of your teeth, jaw, tongue and airway, and possibly a new three dimensional x-ray of your mouth to determine the location of your airflow restriction. After we determine if you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy, we will talk with you about the benefits of treatment, the potential side effects and the cost of therapy.
Oral appliances are customized using impressions of your teeth. These impressions are sent to a dental lab where the appliance is made. Once the appliance is fabricated you will return to our office for your fitting. It will be adjusted for comfort and tested for its effectiveness.
What to Expect After Your First Visit
Follow up visits will be arranged to ensure maximum benefit and minimize any potential complications. You may be advised to return to your physician for a follow up sleep study at that time to ensure that you are able to fully benefit from this therapy.
It is necessary that you return to our office with your appliance for regular checkups for your dental health as well as to ensure the long-term treatment success of your therapy with your dental sleep appliance.