Frequently Asked Questions
You’ve got Sleep Apnea Treatment questions and we’ve got answers!
Our goal is not only to treat your sleep apnea but keep you informed with the latest information about Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the treatment options.
Browse our most frequently asked questions below:
Is the sleep apnea test and treatment covered by insurance?
We accept most insurance here at Sleep Cycle Center. The amount that is covered by insurance ranges depending on your insurance provider and your plan. For more information on this we encourage you to set up a free consultation.
How much does an Oral Device cost?
The cost varies depending on your insurance provider, plan, and type of device needed. In order for us to give you a clear estimate of the cost of treatment, we would need to collect your insurance information and set you up for a consultation.
How does the Oral Appliance work?
The custom made appliance works by moving your jaw forward and down over time while you are wearing the device. By doing this, your tongue has enough room in your mouth to prevent it from blocking your airway. This also allows for additional space for the soft palate and uvula.
Which is better - a CPAP machine or an Oral Appliance?
Both options are able to successfully treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea, so this does come down to compliance. Both the CPAP machine and the oral appliance have to be worn every night for treatment. CPAP machines can be great for some people, though they have shown lower numbers for compliance. Oral appliances are smaller, easier to travel with, and do not require replaceable parts. Oral appliances do have an almost double compliance due to the ease of use.
What is the process if I want to move forward with treatment?
You would simply call or email us to set up a free consultation. During the consultation we would go over insurance details and treatment plans for your sleep apnea that would be best for you.
How does an Oral Appliance work with TMJ?
Depending on the severity of the TMJ it shouldn’t make it worse. The treatment would be done a lot slower and monitored very closely.
How long does it take to get the Oral Device?
It takes about 3-5 weeks to create your custom oral appliance. If you need urgent treatment, contact us about a temporary device. Or, we can rush your device in about a week for an additional fee.
How long should the Mouthpiece last?
The oral device has a three year warranty, but we see many oral devices outlast their 3 year warranties.
Is the Oral Device hard to use?
The device is very simple to use. The device comes with an upper and a lower piece. You would put the upper piece on your top row of teeth then put the lower piece on your bottom row of teeth. To take it out you would remove the bottom then the top.
If I need to treat sleep apnea for my job, can I use a mouthpiece instead of a CPAP?
Yes. Our lab can place a compliance tracker in the mouthpiece for your employer to track your use.
Is the Oral Mouthpiece uncomfortable?
Some people find it slightly uncomfortable the first couple of nights until their mouth adjusts. Most people we have treated adjust to the device within a week and claim it is unnoticeable, and cannot sleep without it.
Do I have to wear the Oral Device every night?
Yes. Because most sleep apnea treatments, including this device, do not permanently change your jaw position or “cure” sleep apnea, you do need to wear the device in order for treatment to work.