Here is a list of common questions asked by sleep apnea patients who are considering OAT (oral appliance therapy)
I hope a sleep dentist will jump in and answer questions! OAT users, chime in as well!
Thanks in advance
Is there a list of things that might automatically rule out OAT as a treatment option for my sleep apnea?
I wear dentures, take em out at night, can I still use OAT?
I wear dentures and only take them out to clean, so I sleep with them, can I still use OAT?
I am a mouth breather, can I still use OAT?
I have TMJ can I still use OAT, if so will it make TMJ worse?
I have mixed apnea (obstructive and central) can I still use OAT?
I am elderly and have many bridges and crowns can I still use OAT?
I have gum disease and my teeth are not stable can I still use OAT?
Will OAT stain my teeth?
Will OAT shift or move my teeth?
How often will I have to replace an oral appliance?
Is there any pain or discomfort to using OAT?
Should I expect an office visit charge by a sleep dentist for an evaluation? It has been recommended to talk to more than one sleep dentist for evaluation but not sure I can afford it.
What is required to find out if OAT is covered by my health insurance, don’t tell me to call my ins provider, they say they will approve or deny a claim, in other words, they won’t commit one way or another
My insurance company told me OAT is not covered because it is considered “experimental” What does that mean?
If I have apnea, a pre-existing condition, is OAT automatically covered if I choose not to use CPAP, which is covered?