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Sleep Apnea Questions

What is a Sleep apnea dental appliance?

Can a sleep apnea dental appliance replace my CPAP?

Is a sleep apnea dental appliance comfortable?

How do I get a sleep apnea dental appliance?

How long does it take to get my sleep apnea dental appliance?

How long does the dental appliance last?

Do insurance companies cover oral appliance therapy?

My insurance company requested a diagnostic code for my medical condition which is obstructive sleep apnea and code for this procedure (oral appliance therapy) for which I asked if I am covered. What are the codes they are referring to?

 

 

 

What is a Sleep apnea dental appliance (back to top)

Sleep apnea mouthpieces are worn while you sleep. The dental appliance is designed to advance the lower jaw and keep air flowing. This repositioning of the jaw helps prevent collapse and blockage of the airway. Sleep apnea mouthpieces are effective immediately.

Can a sleep apnea dental appliance replace my CPAP (back to top)

We regularly meet sleep apnea patients looking for CPAP alternatives. While CPAP machines are necessary for sever cases, many people with milder case of sleep apnea can replace their CPAP machine with a sleep apnea dental appliance.

Is a sleep apnea dental appliance comfortable? (back to top)

Sleep apnea mouthpieces from Sausalito Dentistry are custom fit for comfort. The sleep apnea mouth pieces are painless, non-invasive, and more affordable than other sleep apnea treatments. With a sleep apnea dental appliance you can sleep in any position, drink water, and talk.

How do I get a sleep apnea dental appliance? (back to top)

In order to purchase any sleep apnea dental appliance such as the dental appliance, you must first be diagnosed with sleep apnea. The doctor who provides the diagnosis must simply state that a sleep apnea dental appliance is a suitable option for you. Once you have the diagnosis, sleep apnea dentist Dr. Lee can create a custom fitting sleep apnea dental appliance for you.

How long does it take to get my sleep apnea dental appliance? (back to top)

Fitting an making a custom appliance takes approximately 2-3 weeks.

How long does the appliance last? (back to top)

Many appliances last several years. Things that impact the life of the dental appliance are: the choice of the appliance, the care given to the appliance, and the stress on the appliance from clinching and grinding. Trial procedures help to determine the best appliance design features for your situation, thus ensuring a more durable and longer-lasting appliance.

Do insurance companies cover oral appliance therapy? (back to top)

Yes. Most medical insurance companies cover oral appliance therapy for treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). In our Bay Area office it is our experience that over 90% of the patients will have coverage for this treatment. However, insurance companies generally do not cover treatment for snoring only.

My insurance company requested a diagnostic code for my medical condition which is obstructive sleep apnea and code for this procedure (oral appliance therapy) for which I asked if I am covered. What are the codes they are referring to? (back to top)

The diagnostic current code (referred to as the ICD code) for obstructive sleep apnea is 0327.23. The current, most commonly use treatment code (referred to here as CPT code) for an oral appliance used to treat obstructive sleep apnea is E0486. This is the differentiating code relating to coverage.

Sleep Apnea Mouthpieces are available at Sausalito Dentistry.
Sleep Apnea mouthpiece

Sleep apnea mouthpieces work by opening the bite and gently advancing the jaw to increase
airflow while you sleep.

Want to speak to someone live about sleep apnea mouthpieces? Call us today at 415-331-5656

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