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Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Only a physician can diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and recommend the best course of treatment. Depending on the severity of your OSA, your doctor should give you several options. Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP), a favorite of most physicians, is often the first option recommended for moderate or severe OSA. It is very effective in keeping the airway open by pushing air up your nose while wearing a face mask.

Compliance for some can be difficult. However, it is not the only treatment available, but for most physicians, it is usually the easiest to set up and monitor as well as very predictable for compliant patients. For mild OSA, or those without OSA who just snore, effective alternatives are available--often easier to use and even preferred by many patients. Most physicians are open to successful alternatives when appropriate so be sure to have this discussion with them.

The leading most frequent successful alternative therapy is an oral appliance. The oral appliance is worn during the night to hold the lower jaw forward in a braced protruded position. A qualified dentist with special training and experience is best able to provide this alternative treatment. Remember: you, your physician, and your medical insurance want this medical condition well managed, so a team approach is essential--your dentist should know this. While compliance with oral appliance therapy is very high (90%), success is achieved by frequent monitoring and management at least initially with long term follow up by a qualified dentist.

Verification the therapy is working through a post-treatment titration study is necessary and required by your insurance and your physician. Your providing dentist can only fabricate and begin oral appliance therapy on an authorization from your physician if you want medical insurance coverage. Pre-authorization is usually required by your insurance company for oral appliance therapy.

Contact Us for St. Louis Sleep Apnea Treatment

An experienced and qualified St. Louis dentist who can work with your doctor and is able to bill your medical insurance is very helpful in you receiving necessary treatment. Whether the dentist is in-network with your insurance as an approved medical provider or uses FDA cleared appliances & durable medical devices approved by Medicare will enhance the chances of medical reimbursement.

To schedule an initial consultation with a member of our team, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling (314) 227-9141.