Obstructive sleep apnea can also affect families. Snoring can keep your bed partner awake. Some partners try to stay awake to ensure their partner starts breathing again every time they stop breathing. Lack of sleep can place strain on a relationship.
Untreated obstructive sleep apnea has an increased risk of developing a number of medical conditions such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, stroke, depression, etc., Obstructive sleep apnoea may also contribute to driving and work-related accidents due to excessive daytime sleepiness, which affects concentration, cognition, memory, and ability to work effectively. People with obstructive sleep apnoea are at least 4 times more likely to have a motor vehicle accident. The drowsiness caused by obstructive sleep apnoea is comparable to the consumption of alcohol and drugs. Evidence shows that individuals with moderate to severe sleep apnoea are at an increased risk of death due to one of the above medical conditions.
Several treatments are available for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Oral appliance for sleep apnea is often used when the patient has mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea. These devices are beneficial for patients who poorly tolerate CPAP. Also, they are easy to carry. We will provide a detailed exam and treatment plan if you are considering oral appliance therapy. If you will be a suitable candidate for oral appliance therapy, we have options to work for a tailored treatment plan. Feel free to check with us if you need more information.
Oral appliance therapy can be beneficial in improving
In order to provide a custom made oral appliance, we need the following:
- Sleep study reports
- Prior treatment information
- a referral or prescription from your provider if you have one
- your health history
Our team will work with your medical provider to manage sleep apnea that includes the fabrication and use of oral appliances.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, feel free to contact us
Insurance coverage for oral devices for sleep apnea:
Most insurance companies cover oral devices for sleep apnea if the treatment is medically necessary. Some insurance companies require reauthorization. To be sure, it is suggested you call your insurance company to determine if it is a covered service and how much you might expect to be reimbursed. Secondly, ask if it needs to be preauthorized or precertified for medical necessity. Tell them you have obstructive sleep apnea with a diagnosis code G47.33 and need an adjustable mandibular repositioning appliance with a procedure code of E0486 (durable medical equipment). We will need the following information.
- If you determine it needs to be preauthorized ask where the information needs to be faxed. Our office will be happy to fax this information to your insurance company after receiving a copy of both sides of your insurance card and
- a copy of your original sleep study.
Some people choose to pay out of pocket or finance their treatment for sleep apnea so they don’t get flagged as having a pre-existing medical condition. People who have been classified as having a pre-existing condition, such as sleep apnea, may experience a rise in their insurance premiums. Some people are unable to qualify for insurance (both health and life insurance) if they have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.
Full payment for the appliance is due at the time of obtaining impression and oral records. We can check the insurance benefits, get pre-authorizations if needed, and can file insurance claims on your behalf for insurance reimbursement. Any payments received will be credited to your account or refunded to you at the time of discharge from our office. Feel free to contact us for more information