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Treating Sleep Apnea Without CPAP

tired-manSleep Apnea Dentist treating Sleep Apnea and Snoring without CPAP

 

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Sleep Apnea and Snore Appliances are a great alternative to CPAP especially for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. They can also be used to treat more severe sleep apnea in certain circumstances.

Do Sleep Apnea Mouthguards Really Work?

snorring-coupleYes. Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances, or snore guards, have been in use for over fifteen years. The sleep appliances we work with are FDA approved for obstructive sleep apnea and snoring. Dental sleep appliances have been shown to effectively treat mild, moderate and positionally based severe sleep apnea. We’ve provided hundreds of sleep appliances to our patients with fantastic success. Whether you want to minimize your bed partner’s snoring or treat sleep apnea, we can help.

Covered by Most PPO Medical Plans and Medicare

health-insuranceWe work with most medical PPO insurance plans, Medicare and some of the HMO plans in the Bay Area. If you have been diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea then your medical insurance plan should cover some or all of your appliance cost.

Since there are so many plans out there the best thing to do is call our office so we can look up your benefits for you.

Process to get a Sleep Apnea or Snore Device

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The process to receive a sleep apnea mouthguard or snore guard is simple. The first step is to call us so we can find out more about you and your sleep apnea or snoring. Over the phone we will ask you a series of questions to make sure that you are a candidate for this treatment. We will discuss your health history, your sleep test results, the health of your teeth and gums, and your medical insurance coverage.

Once you decide that you would like to proceed we will start working with your doctor and your medical insurance company (if needed). We will attempt to authorize your treatment by working with your doctor and ours. Once everything is in place you can decide to start treatment.

It takes about three weeks for our lab to make the custom molded, form fitting sleep appliance. Then you will return to our office for a final fitting. From there we will have you wear it for a week or two to get used to it. Finally we start the titration or adjustment phase. This usually lasts about three to five weeks depending upon your level of snoring or sleep apnea. Once you return to your doctor he or she will request a final sleep test. This verifies that the sleep device is working for you and effectively treating your sleep apnea.

Who is East Bay Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Center?

East Bay Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Center is a group of doctors and dentists that are leaders in the area of alternative treatment for sleep apnea. We work with doctors and dentists who understand that CPAP is not the only treatment for sleep apnea. Oral Appliances or dental mouthguards can be the best solution for many patients that cannot or do not use their CPAP. We work with your current primary care doctor, cardiologist, or pulmonologist to provide you with the best sleep device for your apnea. If you don’t have a primary care doctor or a doctor that you’ve worked with we can help you find one. We also handle the medical insurance for you so you have one less thing to deal with.

Deciding on Oral Appliances

A quick appointment or phone call with us will allow you understand if you are a candidate for an oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea.

A consultation will allow us to review any results that you may have from an earlier sleep test, take a few necessary measurements, and then assess your teeth and gums to see if they are in good condition for the use of oral appliances. For more information about Dr. Rader’s training and experience, please click here.

East Bay Sleep Apnea Oral Appliance Center

Have Sleep Apnea or Snoring Questions? Schedule an appointment with Dr. Rader Or you can always e-mail or call us: 925-932-1855