I don’t think I have sleep apnea can I just get an oral appliance to correct my snoring?
If you snore then there is a significant chance that you have sleep apnea, so it's important that you would first need to be evaluated by a Sleep Physician to rule out any diagnosis of sleep apnea. If you are found to not have sleep apnea then we'd be happy to make an oral appliance designed to correct your snoring.
Are there side effects for treatment with oral appliance therapy?
Most side effects in Dental Sleep Medicine are mild and usually resolve with prolonged appliance wear. The most concerning long term side effect for most patients are changes in how the teeth fit together, however, research has not demonstrated that these changes are adverse to a person’s oral health.
Why is oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea covered by medical, not dental, insurance?
Oral appliance therapy is covered by medical insurance because the dentist is treating the patient for a medical condition, namely obstructive sleep apnea, and not a dental condition. The dentist does not diagnose the condition, that is performed by the sleep physician, and can only initiate treatment after receiving a prescription for the oral appliance from the treating physician.