Frequently Asked Questions
How does the therapy work?
Wearing the custom oral appliance holds your lower jaw gently forward and opens the airway in the back of your throat. This makes it less likely that the air rippling through the partially closed airway causes snoring and your breathing flows more easily. Most snorers have sleep apnea, but a few do not. This treatment is very effective for both sleep apnea and snoring.
When do I wear this device?
The good news is these retainer-like devices only need to be worn when you sleep. Most designs are easy to still speak and drink water if you should get up at night.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Bring your insurance information, drivers license, a copy of your sleep test, your physician’s prescription, and be prepared to experience better sleep.
What is a sleep test?
Usually done at home in your own bed, a sleep test gathers various data and metrics while you sleep at night so your physician can diagnose whether or not you have sleep apnea. Sleep tests are easy, comfortable and take only one or two nights. The data provided will help the physician assess whether or not you have sleep apnea.
Is the consultation really free?
Most dental providers will meet with you to evaluate your needs and coverage without any costs.
How comfortable is the device?
Your custom oral appliance is custom fitted to your own mouth, it is very comfortable and make sleeping easier.
Does this appliance help with snoring?
Yes, almost all patients report their snoring is alleviated while being treated for sleep apnea. If you do not have sleep apnea as determined by a sleep study, the physician can provide options for treating your snoring.
Are there ongoing or recurring costs?
Unlike CPAP, there are no hoses, masks, filters, or special cleaning agents needed. Your custom oral appliance can be cleaned with mild soap and water.