Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances
Oral Appliances are covered by our in-network providers.
How Oral Appliances work:
Mouth guards (also called Mandibular Advancement Devices - or MADs), are medical devices for snoring and sleep apnea that work by keeping the lower jaw slightly forward while asleep. They do this by fitting snugly on the top and bottom teeth and are adjusted with mechanisms that vary with the type of device. Keeping the lower jaw forward is the way to keep the airway open.
Because MADs fit on the teeth, your teeth, gums, and jaw joint (the TMJ joint) should be in good shape. You cannot be undergoing active dental work including braces, invisalign, or dental implants. But once the dental work is done, you can likely start treatment with a MAD after clearance from your dentist.
Our providers are in network with medical insurance. Our billing team contacts your insurance company to get a pre-approval for treatment and will inform you of any copays, coinsurance or deductibles required by your contract.
Who is and isn't a candidate for a MAD
To be able to use an MAD you must have enough molars (the teeth in the back of the upper and lower jaw), at least one healthy molar on each side of the upper and lower jaw. Your gums must be in good shape (no excessive swelling, bleeding or pain,) and you must be able to open your mouth without pain in the jaw joint.
Teeth grinding is common with sleep apnea, and a MAD will protect your teeth.
You cannot get a MAD during treatment with invisaligners, braces, or dental implants, or other major dental work. However, you can get a MAD after the dental work has been completed
Our published medical research* has shown that 70% of patients getting a snoring or sleep apnea mouth guard (called a Mandibular Advancement Device or "MAD") had significant improvement in their sleep apnea, and in most cases snoring significantly decreased or disappeared.
(*Stern J, Lee K, Kuhn D. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Baltimore MD, June 2018).