Are Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea Covered By Insurance?
Suffering from sleep apnea can lead to worry and anxiety about your health, as well as sleep disruption for your partner. At Distinctive Dental Solutions, our experienced professionals are here to help you find solutions to your sleep apnea. Here’s what you should know about dental appliances for sleep apnea and whether these appliances are traditionally covered by insurance—
Sleep Apnea: The Basics
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which the sufferer stops and starts breathing multiple times throughout the night. This potentially serious condition can lead to numerous health complications. Sleep apnea is characterized by loud snoring, gasping for air during sleep, difficulty sleeping, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Some complications of sleep apnea include daytime fatigue, high blood pressure or heart problems, type II diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and liver problems. It can also be problematic for room-sharing partners.
Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea
Dental appliances are one treatment option for sleep apnea. An oral appliance works by preventing the tongue from blocking the throat or/and by advancing the lower jaw forward, thereby keeping the airway open during sleep. Dental appliances are not the only treatment for sleep apnea, and may be used alone or in combination with other sleep apnea treatment options.
Are Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea Covered By Insurance? What if I Don’t Have Insurance?
If you are suffering from sleep apnea, it’s important that you find a solution—as mentioned, obstructive sleep apnea can cause unpleasant side effects and lead to more serious health complications. However, one assumed barrier to sleep apnea treatment is cost. Fortunately, most insurance plans will cover at least a portion of the cost of an oral appliance, as sleep apnea is a medical condition. An oral appliance for sleep apnea usually runs between $1,800-$2,000 without insurance. If you don’t have insurance and are looking for financing options, talk to our team—we maintain an in-house financing program for patients for whom insurance isn’t the best option.
Call Distinctive Dental Solutions Today
At Distinctive Dental Solutions, our team is available to provide you with support and guidance as you navigate your options for sleep apnea treatment. If your doctor has determined that an oral appliance is the best treatment for you, we are here to help. If you have questions about payment options or whether or not insurance covers dental appliances for sleep apnea, reach out to us today. You can schedule an appointment at your convenience.