Q. There has been a lot in the news about sleep appliances. Do they work as well as a C-Pap and will insurance cover them? What kinds are available?
A. Sleep appliances have been shown to be very effective when used as directed. Dental Services Group (DSG) has a special FDA approved medical device laboratory that produces our sleep appliances. You should always seek your doctor’s guidance, but generally, these appliances are approved and are effective for mild to moderate sleep apnea and for patients who cannot tolerate a C-Pap. Depending on your policy, most insurance covers some or all of the necessary treatment. Please ask your doctor about the tests required to submit your claim.
The SomnoDent MAS® is one of the most comfortable and discreet mandibular advancement splint available. Custom-fit to your patient’s bite, the SomnoDent allows for full range of mouth opening and closing. Its streamlined design also allows the patient to achieve full lip seal to prevent irritation from dry mouth.
The TAP® sleep therapy appliances alleviate snoring and sleep apnea by holding the mandible forward during sleep to prevent the tongue and soft tissue of the throat from collapsing into the airway. This design is based on the same principle as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).