Oral Appliance Therapy
We treat sleep apnea with an FDA approved oral appliance customized to fit each patient.
The device works by positioning the lower jaw forward during sleep, keeping the airway open. Each device fits in the palm of your hand, requires no electricity, wires or tubes and is easily packed into luggage for travel.
How It Works
- Schedule a screening at our office
- If the screening indicates you are at risk for OSA, we will arrange a Home Sleep Test
- Sleep in your own bed while the device monitors your sleep
- Results from the test are downloaded and sent to a board-certified Sleep Physician for review and diagnosis
- If the physician recommends Oral Appliance Therapy, we will take impressions of your teeth and create a custom device for you
- After the device is made, it may require adjustments to ensure optimal airflow
- A follow up home sleep test is used to verify the device is working as intended
Not every person qualifies for Oral Appliance Therapy. That is why the decision must be made with a qualified physician, who reviews the home sleep test and makes a diagnosis. Do not mistake OAT with a drugstore snoreguard, which is not FDA approved for treating OSA. Attempting to treat OSA with an unapproved device and not under the care of a trained professional could exacerbate the condition leading to potentially serious complications.
OSA is a medical condition, which means that it is covered under medical insurance, not dental insurance even though treatment is delivered by a dentist. The Airway Institute of Reston will work with board certified sleep physicians and your insurance company to achieve the best coverage under your medical plan.
Are you a Candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral Appliance Therapy is an FDA approved treatment for mild to moderate OSA and for patients who are CPAP-intolerant or non-compliant. Results from Home Sleep Testing are reviewed by board-certified Sleep Physicians who are available to consult with patients about treatment options.