Frequently Asked Questions
|What is a Dental Sleep Apnea Appliance?
Also called a MAD, mandibular advancement device, it is similar in appearance to a sports mouth guard
|What is a at home sleep study entail?
At our office we will give you a sleep study machine to take home with you. When you bring the machine back to us we will send it to our sleep specialist to get a report. This report is usually back to you within 3 days.
|Why would I use a dental sleep appliance over a CPAP machine?
CPAP machines can be very beneficial for those with moderate to severe sleep apnea but having a device that lets you sleep in only one position can be difficult. Having the noise and inconvenience of a machine on you every night can be wearing on you and your partner.
|Is you’re appliance covered under insurance?
Most medical insurance companies do cover our sleep study and your appliance. When you come into our office for your consultation we will check all avenues of health insurance coverage.
|Is the dental appliance uncomfortable?
Very few of our patients complain about the appliance. Having a small appliance that is non-invasive, small and easy to use can be the more positive thought. Sleep apnea can be a very serious problem, so being able to wear this device and have an open airway is the most important issue with our patients.
|Who reads the sleep study?
We send your sleep study to our own sleep study lab/specialists on the East Coast of Florida that are educated and certified in additional education and training in sleep medicine, to give a summary and results.
|What kind of lifestyle changes should I make if I have sleep apnea?
- Sleep on your side, not your back. Special pillows can help maintain this position.
- If you smoke, quit.
- Do not drink alcohol within 4 hours of bedtime.
- If you are overweight, diet and reduce your weight. Even a small amount of weight loss may improve sleep apnea symptoms.