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Sleep Apnea Treatment
Are you having trouble with CPAP for your sleep apnea? You are not alone.
25 to 50 percent of sleep apnea patients do not comply with or tolerate CPAP.
Ask your physician if you are a candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy.
What is Oral Appliance Therapy?
It is an alternative treatment option to using a CPAP machine for obstructive sleep apnea. Worn only during sleep, an oral appliance fits like a sports mouth guard or an orthodontic retainer. It supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
If you and your doctor decide that oral appliance therapy is the best treatment option for you, then your doctor will write a prescription for you to receive a custom-made oral appliance. The appliance is a medical device and is covered by many medical insurance plans.
Am I a Candidate?
A board certified sleep medicine physician must first provide a diagnosis and recommend the most effective treatment approach. If your doctor determines that an oral appliance is appropriate the appliance must be custom fitted by a dentist with special training in treating sleep apnea for it to be effective.
The initial evaluation phase of oral appliance therapy can take several weeks or months to complete. This includes examination, evaluation to determine the most appropriate oral appliance, fitting, maximizing adaptation of the appliance, and the function.
Ongoing care, including short- and long-term follow-up is an essential step in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy. Follow-up care serves to assess the treatment of your sleep disorder, the condition of your appliance, your physical response to your appliance, and to ensure that it is comfortable and effective.
Advantages of Oral Appliances
Oral appliance therapy is an effective, non-invasive treatment that fits easily into your lifestyle. Patients like oral appliance therapy because it is:
•Easy to wear
•Convenient for travel
•Easy to care for
Why choose Vermillion Dental Office for your oral appliance therapy?
Dr. Richard Vermillion is one of the few Qualified Dentists of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine in the region.
Patients come for treatment from Carbon, Schuylkill, Lehigh and Northampton counties because he is a trusted provider for referring physicians and has the knowledge, skills and compassion for guiding them through treatment.
How do I get an appliance for my sleep apnea if I can't tolerate my CPAP?
Follow the links below to see the Medicare Patient Checklist for Oral Appliance Therapy Coverage. The links are for Medicare but some private medical insurances follow Medicare Guidelines.
Used CPAP for 90 days or less
Used CPAP for more than 90 days but less than 5 years
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oral appliances. Shown on the left is a TAP 3 Elite.
TAP 3 Elite in patient's mouth
TAP 3 Elite in patient's mouth
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