Sleep Apnea/Disordered Breathing Therapies
We are associated with Cayuga Medical Center Sleep Center and work with their staff to ensure you are receiving the proper care.
To expedite your insurance coverage the following is needed:
Oral Appliance Therapy
Which appliances do we recommend?
(Strong Upper Airway Device)
Does insurance cover the costs of an oral appliance?
Yes, your medical insurance may have coverage for this service. Dental insurance does not cover the costs of an oral appliance for the treatment of sleep apnea.
Many insurance companies do offer full or partial coverage for the oral appliance. We will help you get a predetermination of coverage before an appliance is made for you.
How is my oral appliance made?
Impressions of your upper and lower teeth are made.
A registration is made of how your teeth fit together in the best position to stop sleep apnea.
The impressions and bite are sent to a dental lab where your appliance will be made custom fit to your mouth. It takes about 3 weeks for your appliance to be made and returned to our office.
Your oral appliance is then delivered to you and adjustments are made.
Follow-up appointments are necessary to adjust the appliance for comfort and optimal function. Appointments are usually once a week until you are comfortable and the appliance is working to control your apnea.
Another sleep study may be recommended to test the efficacy of your oral appliance.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea means that your breathing is often blocked or partly blocked during sleep. The problem can be mild to severe, based on how often your lungs don't get enough air. This may happen from 5 to more than 50 times an hour.
If you have sleep apnea, you may not be sleeping as well as you could. And you may be more likely to end up with serious problems such as: