Oral Appliance Therapy

An effective and comfortable alternative to C-PAP

 
Woman Sleeping

Oral Appliance Therapy

A non-invasive way to keep you breathing at night so you can get your best sleep ever!

  • What is it? A custom-made, comfortable device worn in the mouth that covers most or all of your teeth. The device simply keeps your tongue from falling back and collapsing your airway at night. 

  • Is it effective? 85-90% of non-severe cases of sleep apnea can be effectively treated by OAT. Even patients with severe sleep apnea are still successfully treated in 60% of cases and, in combination with sleep hygiene counseling and weight loss, that number goes up dramatically.

  • What is the difference between an oral appliance and an over-the-counter snore guard? Oral appliances are custom-fitted and precisely dialed in to ideal advancement by Dr. Hess, who has knowledge of both the teeth and jaw joint issues. Made with the highest quality materials available by Medicare-certified labs, these devices are the most comfortable, retentive, and durable on the market. The entire process is supervised closely by Dr. Hess & his team who have extensive knowledge of obstructive sleep apnea. This is the key for treating this disease as effectively as possible with as few side effects as possible. There are many oral appliance designs suited for many different mouths and our knowledgeable team will make sure to choose the best one for you.

  • Is it covered by my medical insurance? Yes, with a diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea. Unlike most dental offices, our staff has the knowledge of medical billing to ensure that we maximize your insurance coverage so that you have the minimum out of pocket expense possible. We can even get you a diagnosis through a home sleep study so you do not need to go to a sleep lab.