Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
Home sleep tests are becoming the standard method of testing for Medicare and most PPO medical insurance companies. We will partner with your Primary Care Physician to get coverage details and other required documentation. The out of pocket costs for a home sleep test is generally lower than the cost of a lab fee.
Weight loss and exercise can help lower the severity of sleep apnea. However, most patients require Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), surgery, or Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT).
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is now the first line of treatment according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for mild to moderate sleep disordered breathing. Positive results are achieved with a custom-made oral appliance that re-positions the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate, and uvula to keep the airway more open during sleep. While documented studies have shown that Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) has substantially reduced the effects of sleep apnea, there is no guarantee that it will be successful for every patient. It is often a very viable option to CPAP therapy. This treatment or therapy is NON-invasive and can be highly effective for both sleep apnea and snoring. For severe sleep apnea patients, CPAP therapy is the standard first line of treatment. However, some patients are intolerable to CPAP therapy or decline it. In this case, oral appliance therapy can be prescribed by your physician as an alternative.
Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) is very effective in reducing or eliminating snoring. Oral appliances are comfortable and easy to wear and less cumbersome. Generally, these appliances only take a few weeks to become second nature. Patients like that oral appliances are light, easy to travel with, and quiet-unlike CPAP therapy.
Dr. Greene will consult with you after a thorough evaluation to determine the best treatment option and/or oral appliance for you.