For many years, continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) masks were the go-to treatment for symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea. As you know, 50% of patients do not tolerate CPAP. They find these masks uncomfortable to sleep in, some experience claustrophobia, making them an ineffective long-term option for managing snoring and sleep apnea. Fortunately, there is an alternative. Contact us today and learn how we may assist your patients.
The specific therapy for sleep apnea is tailored to the individual patient based on medical history, results of sleep test, physical examination and the ability of the patient to adhere to the given therapy.
There are several treatment options including but not limited to behavioral therapy, mechanical therapy, oral appliance, and surgery. It is important that the effectiveness of the selected treatment be verified. This is usually accomplished by polysomnography.
Oral devices to treat obstructive sleep apnea are
considered Class 2 medical devices. They treat a recognized medical disease that can only be diagnosed by a physician. Therefore, only medical insurers will pay for the cost.
An oral device can only be made by a dentist and most dentists are not allowed to be in-network providers with your medical insurer. Therefore, diagnosis with a polysomnography (sleep test) or home sleep apnea test is required and must be reviewed by a physician. Then, a referral may be made.
Sleep Apnea Dentists of New England have been treating patients with obstructive sleep apnea longer than any other practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.