Frequently Asked Questions About A Sleep Apnea Or Snoring Appliance

South San Francisco sleep apnea dentist Dr. Ken Hovden is asked many questions about the snoring and sleep apnea appliance. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

  • What is an Oral Appliance?
  • Will a sleep apnea or snoring appliance help me?
  • How will I know the snoring or sleep apnea appliance is working?
  • How long will the oral appliance last?
  • Will my insurance cover the cost of a sleep apnea or snoring appliance?
  • How do I take care of my snoring or sleep apnea appliance?

What is an Oral Appliance?

An Oral Appliance is a custom fit piece of plastic or silicone that fits over the upper and lower teeth and holds the jaw in a position that allows the airway to remain open while you sleep.

Will a sleep apnea or snoring appliance help me?

Individual results with a sleep apnea or snoring appliance vary due to the patient’s age, weight and build. Oral appliances are more easily tolerated than the CPAP mask and machine, and provide excellent benefits. Many patients experience immediate results with a sleep apnea or snoring appliance, with relief the very first night.

How will I know the snoring or sleep apnea appliance is working?

The most conclusive proof that your snoring or sleep apnea appliance is working is to have a sleep study done. Improvement in symptoms can often be seen immediately, with elimination of nighttime snoring and improvement in daytime energy.

How long will the oral appliance last?

An oral appliance will last anywhere from six months to six years, depending on the specific design. Occasionally a sleep apnea or snoring appliance might require a repair. If you grind your teeth, the lifespan of your oral appliance will be shortened.

Will my insurance cover the cost of a sleep apnea or snoring appliance?

Oral Appliance Therapy is considered medical treatment and would fall under your medical insurance (instead of dental insurance). You will need to check with your insurance carrier, as plans vary greatly. Some companies declare this therapy as ‘experimental’, even though it has existed since 1982. Patients who have found relief with a sleep apnea or snoring appliance are glad they made the investment to improve their health.

How do I take care of my snoring or sleep apnea appliance?

Care for your snoring or sleep apnea appliance much like you do your teeth. Brush the oral appliance inside and out each morning when you take it out of your mouth, paying close attention to hardware and small spaces.

South San Francisco sleep apnea dentist Dr. Kenneth Hovden DDS is glad to answer your questions about sleep disorders and the sleep apnea or snoring appliance if you are in the area, including Daly City and Pacifica. Contact our Daly City office today for a free consultation at 650-755-6000 or send the simple form on this page and we will contact you!

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