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Sleep Apnea Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an overnight sleep test to treat my snoring?

Snoring is the number one predictor of the serious medical problem, Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Doctor’s should not ignore this fact and assume you only have primary snoring.  A sleep test, called a Polysomnogram (PSG), can rule out or identify a myriad of sleep disorders.  Once an accurate diagnosis is made, you will receive the proper care for your specific needs.

Why not just buy an oral sleep appliance over the Internet?

To most effectively treat snoring and/or Obstructive Sleep Apnea, an accurate diagnosis is required to understand everything that is occurring during your sleep.  When a physician recommends oral appliance treatment, a trained dentist will custom-make a sleep appliance specifically for you.  This offers unmatched comfort, stability and effectiveness.  In addition, oral appliances need to be adjusted periodically in order to meet your current needs.  Buying a one-size-fits-all plastic guard will not provide a therapeutic result and without a correct diagnosis, other disorders will continue to cause disrupted sleep.

Can I use my CPAP most nights and an Oral Appliance when I travel and camp?

Yes, this is a great combination of therapies and it makes it easy to manage your OSA.

How long will my Oral Appliance last?

Depending on your grinding habits and how careful you are when the Oral Appliance is out of your mouth, we estimate 3 years as an average length of service.

Is Oral Appliance Therapy expensive?

Typically, Oral Appliance Therapy requires 5-6 appointments, one or two home sleep tests and a custom made oral appliance.  The total cost over 3 years (the average length an Oral Appliance lasts) is approximately $3,000, or an average of $2.75 per day.   Most medical (not dental) insurance plans cover Oral Appliance Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea because it can remedy a medical condition with serious consequences if left untreated.

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