Oral Appliance Therapy – Irving, TX
Effective, Comfortable, & Customized Sleep Apnea Treatment
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is a comfortable and conservative sleep apnea treatment option for patients who are uncomfortable falling asleep with a CPAP machine. All of our appliances are customized to fit perfectly in your mouth, all while working effectively to minimize your sleep apnea symptoms. At Star Sleep & Wellness in Irving, we offer several different types of oral appliances to address various symptoms and improve your quality of rest. Call us today to schedule a consultation to discuss oral appliance therapy in Irving.
How Does Oral Appliance Therapy Work?
Oral appliance therapy involves wearing a customized orthotic device each night to gently shift your jaw forward and airways open as you sleep. Its personalized design makes it comfortable to sleep with, all while keeping soft tissues from collapsing and causing obstruction that leads to breathing cessation. These appliances can also eliminate snoring.
Advantages of Oral Appliance Therapy
CPAP therapy comes highly recommended because it’s effective and helps minimize and eliminate symptoms associated with sleep apnea, but it isn’t the answer to every situation. Our sleep doctors in Irving make sure you know all of your options so you can choose the one that will best fit with your lifestyle and preferences. Due to advancements in the field of sleep apnea treatment, oral appliance therapy has emerged as a popular and effective alternative to using a CPAP machine. Some advantages that patients enjoy using OAT over CPAP therapy include:
- A conservative and non-invasive solution
- Customized orthotic devices that are comfortable to wear
- Quieter way to treat sleep apnea and snoring
- Easily portable for convenient traveling
- Ability to sleep in any position
- Prevents sinus cavity from drying out
- Cost-effective sleep apnea treatment option
Who Could Benefit from Oral Appliance Therapy?
Once our team has conducted an evaluation, including a sleep test, we may recommend oral appliance therapy if you experience the following:
- Mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea
- Chronic snoring
- Signs of teeth grinding (including flattened teeth, jaw pain, lockjaw, etc.)
- Non-successful CPAP therapy
- Inability to comfortably sleep with CPAP device
How Can You Get an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea?
If you believe you could benefit from oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea, we recommend taking our online assessments to determine whether a professional evaluation is necessary. If so, you can call our office and schedule one with our sleep doctors in Irving. We’ll take any necessary diagnostic imaging and speak with you about your medical history and any symptoms you’re experiencing. From there, we may recommend a take-home or in-house sleep study. This test will collect important data that our doctors can analyze to make any appropriate formal diagnoses and recommendations for treatments, like oral appliance therapy. If you decide to move forward with OAT, you’ll then undergo a professional fitting for your appliance, and we’ll teach you how to use it.
Custom-Made Solutions for Each Patient
At Star Sleep & Wellness in Irving, we want you to experience relief and comfort with your oral appliance, which is why we take a personalized approach to determine what type of appliance would work best for you. We listen closely to your concerns and will match you with a high-quality device that will effectively relieve your symptoms.
We utilize advanced technology, like our digital impression system to guarantee a precisely fitted and highly impactful device. To build it to match our high-quality standards and specifications, we’ll craft a 3-D model of your mouth that we’ll send off to our laboratory to base your appliance off of.
Is Oral Appliance Therapy Covered by Insurance?
Many medical insurance plans will cover all or a portion of the cost of oral appliance therapy with a formal sleep apnea diagnosis, but the correct medical documentation is necessary for them to do so. Over 100 appliances are currently FDA-approved, so we offer a wide variety of styles and brands so you can customize your therapy to meet your exact needs.
Our knowledgeable insurance and financial team will submit all necessary paperwork and claims to your insurance company for pre-authorization before you move forward with treatment. This way, there are no unexpected surprises when it comes to cost or payment. Oral appliance therapy is typically categorized by insurance companies as medically necessary and rarely gets denied, so our team will do our best to save you from out-of-pocket costs.
CPAP Recall – Are You Affected?
A recent recall for the Philips Respironics CPAP device has been made, and we want to make sure that anyone in Irving suffering from a sleep-breathing disorder who is affected by this has a safe treatment to turn to. The recall was issued in response to the CPAP and Bi-PAP machines being believed to be potential health risks because of the sound abatement foam within the device. Our team can help you identify the best alternative device for you or help you make the transition to oral appliance therapy. Just give us a call!
Types of Oral Appliances
Many patients are surprised to learn that oral appliance therapy doesn’t just utilize one style of device. Our team of sleep doctors in Irving carries several different brands, builds, and types of oral appliances so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. We custom fit all of them according to your impressions to make them as comfortable and effective as possible.
Why Choose Star Sleep & Wellness in Irving?
There are multiple sleep doctors in Irving and the DFW area that you can choose from, but we promise you’ll have a wonderful experience visiting our trusted and skilled team at Star Sleep & Wellness in Irving. We can help you:
- Avoid surgery and the use of a CPAP device
- Undergo treatment with Board-Certified sleep experts
- Lower your out-of-pocket expenses by maximizing your insurance coverage
- Experience a whole-health approach that can positively impact your sleep quality
- Experience follow-up care from trusted experts in the field
- Choose the oral appliance that’s right for you
If you have a smaller mouth and would prefer a more sleek and less bulky oral appliance, the ProSomnus EVO may be an excellent choice for you! It’s an ideal option for patients experiencing mild sleep apnea symptoms or snoring and is metal-free. Its single layer design makes it easy to clean and maintain, and it comes with replacement pieces, so you won’t have to worry if it gets damaged.
The SerenaSleep Elevate has a patented design that’s known for its durable and safe medical-grade nylon. They have a minimal profile and can help address a wide range of sleep apnea symptoms when worn nightly, especially when used to correct any mandibular advancements.
One of the most popular designs that we offer is the ProSomnus IA. It’s great for patients who have sleep apnea as well as those who have loud, chronic snoring. Its design is simple and sleek and offers maximized comfort and is highly effective.
The ProSomnus PH design has a slim, smooth shape that’s comfortable to wear and easy to use. It can tackle mild, moderate, and even more severe symptoms of sleep apnea thanks to its Herbst hinges and lip shields that protect the soft oral tissues.
With virtually no design limitations, the ProSomnus CA allows for precise and optimal results. This is also the first design created by ProSomnus using proprietary technologies to allow precision advancement. Customized to meet your specific and unique needs, this appliance design is truly one-of-a-kind.
Respire Pink Herbst
Great for treating snoring as well as sleep apnea, the Respire Pink Herbst appliance is an excellent choice if you have a smaller mouth. It can be adjusted vertically and laterally to make it more comfortable to wear and for maximum effectiveness.
The OASYS Oral/Nasal Airway System
For those with dentures as well as sleep apnea, our OASYS Oral/Nasal Airway System is an ideal option. It includes a nasal dilator as well as a jaw repositioning system to relieve breathing problems involving the nose and throat.
Panthera D-SAD Sleep Appliance
Made from biocompatible and safe nylon, the Panthera D-SAD Sleep Appliance can treat snoring as well as other symptoms of sleep apnea. It’s often recommended for patients with mouths with certain anatomical characteristics because it requires maximum retention.
The Somnomed Avant is a metal-free oral appliance that’s best designed and fitted for treating sleep apnea. It has a softer inner layer to ensure comfort with a milled outer layer to enhance its structure. It’s crafted from high-quality nylon and is designed to gently shift the jaw forward into its ideal position.
Somnomed Herbst Advance
Regarded as one of the most comfortable oral appliances available due to its ease of vertical and lateral movement, the Somnomed Herbst Advance can help patients who snore, grind their teeth, or experience symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.
Built for maximized comfort and relief from symptoms, the SomnoDent Flex is made from SMH BFlex material that prevents odors from developing and offers a soft internal layer. Because it only requires minimal adjustments, this appliance is great for those with dental restorations like crowns and bridges.
Prosomnus (PH) EVO
The Prosomnus (PH) EVO is an excellent option for patients suffering from symptoms of sleep apnea as well as snoring. It’s FDA-approved and utilizes mechanical hinges that stabilize and position your jaw in its ideal placement to prevent airway obstruction. It doesn’t take up as much room within the mouth as the Prosomnus EVO design and is fabricated using one piece, allowing it to maintain its fit.
Prosomnus EVO Select
Similar to the Prosomnus EVO, the Prosomnus EVO Select is 20% less bulky, making it more comfortable to sleep with. It’s also flexible and metal-free, making it perfect to treat sleep apnea symptoms as well as snoring.
Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP®)
The Thornton Adjustable Positioner is fully adjustable for maximized relief of sleep apnea symptoms. It features Herbst hardware and is great for patients who have Medicare since it’s typically covered!
Whether you’re experiencing snoring as a symptom of sleep apnea, or your snoring is keeping you up and impacting your household’s rest, the SnoreHook may be perfect for you. It can be hinged at the sides, front, or palate, and the mandible can be shifted out over the front teeth to relieve vibrations and obstruction. Even after you remove the device from the mouth, it will maintain its adjustment settings as well.
If you’re a chronic loud snorer, the AveoTSD may be the perfect device for you. It offers a comfortable position while keeping the tongue forward as you sleep so it doesn’t block your airway. Because it can lead to tongue fatigue, it’s often only recommended as you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment.