Greencastle Hometown Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Sleep Apnea

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These are a selection of some common questions that patients have. If your question isn't answered here, please contact our office. It's important to us that our patients understand their dental care.

Sleep Apnea

No. We offer a portable and easy way to have a sleep study done in the comfort of your own home and, most importantly, your own bed.

A portable monitoring device is mailed to you with all the equipment and instructions. You wear it one night and return the equipment the next day in a prepaid postage envelope. It's just that simple and easy.

For most plans, the answer is YES. Medicare and many medical insurance carriers recognize a home sleep study as an accurate and efficient way to rule out obstructive sleep apnea. As a result most insurance plans are starting to cover this expense.

NO. Instead of using an electronic device and air pressure to keep an airway open, the oral appliance keeps the jaw in a forward position that prevents the airway from ever getting blocked in the first place. An oral appliance becomes comfortable quickly and is non-invasive.

A certified dental appliance may be an alternative treatment for patients who are not able to tolerate or afford a CPAP.

In most cases, the answer is YES. We will coordinate with your family physician and get a copy of the sleep test results.

The treatment options for sleep apnea vary depending on the severity of the problem. Someone with mild or moderate sleep apnea may benefit from wearing a dental appliance. The appliance looks similar to an athletic mouthguard or retainer, and repositions the jaw and tongue forward to improve airflow. It is often covered by insurance and Medicare but may require a little out-of-pocket expense.

Treatment for severe sleep apnea requires more aggressive management, which may include the use of a CPAP machine.

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