The initial exam begins with a 15 to 20-minute review and evaluation of your medical history. By performing this screening exam, our doctors can decide the safest and most effective treatment. In some cases, further evaluation may be needed, or the solution may be as simple as prescribing basic home care.
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Sleep Apnea Treatments
We specialize in the use of oral appliances as treatment. An oral appliance fits similarly to a retainer and helps to open your airways at night. It does this by keeping the lower jaw in a forward position and preventing the tongue from falling back, both of which can block the airway. Even though there are several different appliances on the market, they all work similarly to keep the airway open and stop the jaw from falling back.
Most oral appliances are adjustable. They are most commonly made of acrylics or polymers. It is important that the treatment appliance is adjustable so that you can find the best position for your unique jaw shape.
Patients who come to our offices routinely are scheduled to follow up with sleep studies. During these studies, our technicians can adjust the appliance to ensure that it works and fits well.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Will my insurance cover treatment?
Insurance coverage varies between plans. Generally, insurance companies consider the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea as a “cosmetic” issue, and therefore won’t cover the cost of treatment. In some cases, where there is a medical need for treatment, insurance will cover at least part of it.
We are contracted with most medical insurance providers including Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare so we can help you determine if your visit will be covered.
Will treatment require surgery?
Here at the Center for Sleep Apnea and TMJ, we focus on finding a non-surgical solution first. In fact, we specialize in non-surgical treatments. Surgery is only considered as a last resort when all other avenues of treatment have been explored.
Will I have to take medication?
Most of the treatments do not require the use of medications. In some cases, medication may be prescribed to help alleviate some of the pain caused by TMJ.
Will I have to be connected to a machine while I sleep?
We specialize in solutions for people that are CPAP intolerant or can't use a CPAP machine.
The best treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP machine. But in cases where that hasn’t been successful, we prescribe oral appliances that are worn at night.
Oral appliance therapy is a widely used and accepted method for treating sleep disordered breathing.
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