Ask These 5 Questions Before You Get an Oral Appliance

October 1, 2022
Patient asking questions about oral appliance treatment in Melbourne

Oral appliance treatment in Melbourne is an excellent way to address obstructive sleep apnea, improve your nighttime breathing, and support your overall health. Before you get started with this type of therapy, though, you should be well-informed about both your sleep dentist’s credentials and what you can expect when you start treatment. Here are five questions you should ask when you are contemplating getting an oral appliance:

How Much Training and Experience Does the Dentist Have?

Some dentists who are newer to sleep apnea treatment do an excellent job of helping patients. However, their lack of experience in the field may mean they are not familiar with all the nuances of how best to address your unique case. Opting for a dentist who has been working with apnea patients for years is an excellent idea. It is even better if they are certified by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine or other prestigious organizations.

Which Appliance Is Right for Me?

Most oral appliances work by moving the jaw slightly forward, resulting in fewer obstructions in the airway. Several companies manufacture the appliances, and each one may have slightly different features. For example, some may feature premium materials, and others might have an attractively small design that allows more space for the tongue. Your sleep dentist will recommend the type of appliance that best fits your unique circumstances.

Can I Use My Medical Insurance to Pay for Treatment?

Most medical insurance plans provide coverage for both the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea in Melbourne. Ask your sleep dentist’s team if they are in-network with your insurance (or, at the very least, if they will accept payment from your insurance company). Being knowledgeable about the insurance claims process can help you know what to expect from the financial aspect of your treatment.

How Does the Dentist Work with Other Medical Professionals to Provide Treatment?

Often, addressing sleep apnea requires a team effort. Your dentist may refer you for testing under the oversight of an experienced sleep physician. After you begin oral appliance therapy, your primary care practitioner may perform some follow-ups to see how your treatment is benefitting your oral health. This team-based approach is highly beneficial, and you should know what to expect from it.

Are There Any Potential Side Effects I Should Know About?

Most people find that their oral appliance is much more comfortable than a CPAP machine. However, some patients notice minor discomfort in their facial muscles or other side effects. Knowing what you may experience as you get used to treatment will prevent unnecessary concern and help you remain positive while you are adapting to your appliance.

It would be wise to write a list of questions that you would like to ask during your sleep apnea consultation. Having a productive conversation with your care team will enable you to move forward with confidence!

Meet the Practice

Dr. Kenneth Mogell is a double board-certified sleep dentist. Throughout the years, he has helped countless patients to find relief from sleep apnea via oral appliance therapy. Our practice welcomes various forms of medical insurance. If you would like to speak to our team about how you may be able to enjoy better rest, call our Melbourne office at 321-313-5350 or contact one of our other convenient locations.