IS a Sleep Study NECESSARY ?
Yes, an overnight sleep study is needed to determine if you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea.( (OSA). Without a diagnosis of OSA, your medical insurance and Medicare will not cover an oral appliance. If you have not had a sleep study performed, Dr. Louly will do a complete evaluation to determine if you may have sleep apnea. If so, a prescription will be given for a sleep study to be done.
Will My Insurance Cover The Cost?
Each individual insurance plan varies from one another. Please bring all medical benefit information and cards to your first appointment. Depending on your specific insurance plan, we will submit a pre-authorization to help better determine what will be covered under your plan. In addition, we will do our best to determine what portion, if any, the patient will owe. Please be aware a pre-authorization is not a guarantee of payment.
Can I Wear An Oral Appliance With Partials or Dentures?
We have many patients who are able to successfully wear their oral appliance with partial and or dentures. During your initial consultation Dr. Louly will do a complete oral examination to determine that your partials and or dentures will hold the oral appliance in place. He will then make any recommendations to you to help support your oral appliance.
How Many Appointments Will I Need?
Once your initial appointment is completed and authorization has been obtained, you will need 2-3 appointments to complete the treatment and 2-4 adjustment visits. These are fairly short appointments that can be scheduled in the morning or afternoon. Oral appliances are custom -made appliances that requires making impressions of your teeth and which are then sent to a specialized laboratory for fabrication. Each patient is different and the amount of adjustments needed will differ from patient to patient. Of course if there are any problems with your oral appliance, an appointment can be scheduled to address any issues.
Will I Have To Have Another Sleep Study?
Once your oral appliance has been adjusted and your sleep apnea symptoms have improved, Dr. Louly will determine the right time to have a confirmation sleep study. During this study, the oral appliance will be worn for half of the study. This will confirm that the oral appliance is working effectively to take care of your sleep apnea.
What If I Need Dental Work?
Good oral health must be established as we need to have a healthy foundation before using a night time oral device.